Dr.Robert P. "Bob" PARKER Sr.
1925 - 2018
Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services
PO Box 18006
Spokane, WA
PARKER, Dr. Robert P. Sr."Bob"

On June 29th our beloved Dad and grandfather, Robert Patrick Parker "Bob", passed away after a brief illness. Dad lived his last few days the way he lived his life, with courage, dignity, and his Irish sense of humor.
Dad was born July 24, 1925 in Rochester, Minnesota to Stephen and Eusebia Parker. One of five children, Dad grew up in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle. He attended Seattle Prep High School, where he was the quarterback for the football team his senior year. Dad liked to brag that he led his team to a perfect record that season losing every game.
During the war years, the need for physicians was great. Dad attended Seattle University for 18 months and at age 19 started Creighton Medical School. Towards the end of medical school, he met our mother Marcella Jeanne Sampson of Omaha, Nebraska. They married in Omaha on November 27, 1948 and shared a beautiful life together for 67 years until Mom's death in 2016.
The early years were filled with children and constant moving around as Dad pursued his specialty training and his service obligation in the Navy as a shipboard doctor. Our family settled in Spokane in 1954, where Dad started his practice in internal medicine. He practiced in Spokane until his retirement in 1990.
Dad had a fulfilling career in medicine, earning the love and respect of his patients and colleagues. His professional career was enhanced when he formed a partnership with George Anderson M.D. and Wayne Atwood M.D. Dad was active in the medical community becoming president of the Spokane County Medical Society and later served a year as president of the Washington State Medical Association.
A devout Catholic, Dad was a member of St. Augustine's Parish for 64 years. He provided pro bono medical care to the priests and nuns for years, resulting in a constant supply of wine and gifts from grateful clergy every Christmas. Dad always received the gifts with his ever present smile and gratitude for the privilege of being their doctor.
Dad and mother loved to entertain a constantly expanding group of close and lifelong friends. We always said that mother loved to throw a party, while Dad loved to be the party. Dad was an avid golfer, tennis player, skier and traveler. Before and after his retirement, dad and mom travelled the world together, often with friends.
Dad had eight children: Bob, Jr. (Sharry), Nancy (Jim Renga), Mary Kate, Jim (Megan), Terry (Karen), Tom, and Janie (Keith Slater). An eighth child, Steve, died in infancy. Dad had 19 grandchildren, whom he and mom adored and 14 great-grandchildren. Dad loved his large family, they were a source of great joy throughout his life. Every grandchild has a special grandpa story, always told to laughter. These stories often revolved around wonderful summer memories at the family cabin at Spirit Lake.
Christmas was a special time at the Parker house, 'The 737 Club.' Mom decorated the home magnificently and Dad led the Christmas Eve caroling at Cannon Hill Park for over 40 years.
After our mother died, Dad moved into an apartment at Rockwood South. Though devastated by mom's death, Dad continued his old friendships and enjoyed making many new friends. He inspired us with his enduring passion for life and learning. Dad sky dived on his 90th birthday, was taking piano lessons and filled his i-Pad with e-books.
In the last few days of Dad's life, he accepted his fate with a humble courage and dignity. We are forever grateful Dad never lost his sense of humor and joy for life as we said our good-byes. Dad leaves us saddened by his death but filled with gratitude for the privilege of being able to share his life as his children and grandchildren. We will miss him.
Dad leaves us to join our mother Jeanne, son Steve, parents Stephen and Eusebia Parker, sister Jean Romano and brother Stephen Parker, Jr. Dad is survived by his large family and his brothers Josh Parker and Pat Parker.
The Parker Family would like to thank the staff at Rockwood South Hill for their many kindnesses. Thanks also to the EMT and firemen of Station 9, the staff at Sacred Heart Hospital ER, the wonderful people on 9 North, and Hospice House of Spokane South for their care in making Dad's last few days comfortable and dignified.
We would especially like to thank our cousin, Dr. John Romano, for his frank "doctor to doctor" end of life discussion with Dad.
Memorial contributions may be made to: St Augustine's Church (428 West 19th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99203) or Catholic Charities (12 East 5th Avenue, Spokane, WA 99202)
A rosary will be said at St. Augustine's Church on Sunday, July 8th at 6:00 pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine's Church on Monday July 9th at 3:00 p.m. Arrangements have been entrusted to:

Published by Spokesman-Review from Jul. 1 to Jul. 8, 2018.
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Nancy losing a parent and realizing you are an orphan can be an adjustment. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I see your dad playing golf with the gang (including my dad) and your mom is at book club with the "group" and I smile.
July 14, 2018
Dr. Parker was a lovely person, honest and kind. I am so pleased for him to now be in the arms of The Lord. (Probably front row seats....)
Janet Gillespie
July 10, 2018
Our prayers are with you and all of the family. In this time of grief find comfort knowing he is with our Lord and in a much better place. The Murillo Family
Lupe Murillo
July 9, 2018
Tom, Jane, Jim, Parker family: I wonder if Dr Bob Parker is the last of the "old guard" to pass? He and your Mother are in my memories of so many parties and gatherings over decades. I never saw him without his big smile and a cheerful, hearty greeting. What a full life! Solace to you at this time.
Dave Roberts
July 9, 2018
To our loving dad, grandpa, great grandpa and father in law. You will always be with us.
Karen Sienkiewich Parker
July 9, 2018
Karen Sienkiewich
July 9, 2018
Mary Kate,
Your father will be missed by so many; his patients, his friends but most of all by you and your family. Your father was well loved and respected and he was blessed with a wonderful extended family. You have my heartfelt condolences.
Melinda Flaherty Johnson
July 8, 2018
Thank you for your service to our country. Rest In Peace.
July 8, 2018
We so loved your dad and mom too! May they rejoice with our Savior, in eternal happiness. God Bless the entire Parker family.
Michael and Linda Andrade
July 6, 2018
Robert Wilson
July 6, 2018
a loved one
July 6, 2018
Thank you for your service to our country. Rest In Peace.
July 3, 2018
Miss Mary Kate, I can still hear in my mind these wonderful stories that you would share with me about your dad. I could tell by each story told to me, that you were a daddy's girl, he was always the center of them. Whether you were talking about the walks that the two of you would take in the summer or how you would help your dad open up the lake house when you were home at the end of a school year or the family coming together to hear the Christmas story that would be read at holiday time, I could tell that these were wonderful memories for you, you became just a little more animated as you relived them. Thank you for giving me a small peak into the life of you and your dad. I wish that I could have met him. You have the heart of a good daughter and you should be proud of that! Much love to you and may the Lord continue to comfort and strengthen your family.
Cynthia Rainwater
July 3, 2018
Bob, Nancy and family...Sorry to hear of your Fathers' passing...A very classy man who was a wonderful patriarch of a great family...Godspeed Dr. Parker
Vince Zimmer
July 3, 2018
Hi Parkers

Uncle Bob was a great guy. Wish we could be there for the funeral, will be in our thoughts, didn't realize Dad was just one day older than Bob. Hope to see you next time we get up to Spokane Hayden Lake. Anyway he had a great life.,
Black -Deb and the kids
Steve (Black) Sampson
July 2, 2018
a loved one
July 2, 2018
Dear Nancy, Mary Kate, Janie and Members of the Parker Family,
We Sisters of the Holy Names offer you our sympathy and prayerful support as your Father enters his eternal life. May Bob share with you his deep peace and Joy, especially at those times you may be missing his laughter and humor.
Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
July 2, 2018
Nancy and family, I'm sorry about your loss and I still think about you often especially when passing the house and grade school. The obit was probably one of the best ones I've ever read and left me with a smile and a warm feeling. Thank you for your friendship and helping me through a rough time in my life that I will never forget. God bless.
Joan (Joni) Sinnitt Iddins
July 2, 2018
Our deepest sympathies to your family. May your memories of an incredible man help you now and in the years to come. Never stop sharing stories!
The Tonina Family
July 1, 2018
To a cy and the Parker Family
Our condolences, blessing and love upon hearing of passing of your beloved Patriarc, Dad, Grandfather and Friend.
Many cherished memories will remain in your hearts of such a kind, wonderful and caring gentleman.
He has danced his way into Heaven to be with your wonderful Mom, and together they wil be your forever angels.
Hugs and Blessings,
Kaitie and John Carmody
Antoinette Van Laar
Kaitie and John Carmody
July 1, 2018
Bob, Sharry and all the Parker Family,

It was with great sadness that we learned of your dads passing. May your memories of him help you at this time. Our heartfelt sympathy is with all of you and your families.

Cindy and Shorty
Cindy and Shorty Hilger
July 1, 2018
To the Parker Family,

I send my sympathy to all of you from Nebraska. Stella and I always enjoyed our visits with your dad and mom.

Paul Kuhnel

Paul Kuhnel
July 1, 2018
Dr. Parker and Sharry, my condolences to your family. Your dad was always such a character when he came to the office.

Kristen Anderson
July 1, 2018
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