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Richard Alan Parker

Born: Wed., Oct. 4, 1944
Died: Mon., Oct. 26, 2020


10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Sat., Oct. 31, 2020
Location: West Springcreek Congregational Church

Funeral Service

11:30 AM Sat., Oct. 31, 2020
Location: West Springcreek Congregational Church

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Richard Alan Parker, 76, of Spring Creek, PA, died Monday, October 26, 2020 at home.  Born Oct. 4, 1944, in Olean, NY,  he was the son of the late Victor and Lucille Greene Parker.  He was raised in Clarendon, PA,   and started  working multiple part time jobs at the young age of 12 so as  to help provide for his brothers and sisters during his teenage years.  He worked as a  golf caddie and also worked  setting up pins at the bowling alley.  As a young adult, he continued to work part time jobs at Deerhead Inn in Spring Creek tending bar and also delivering milk for Warren County Dairy.  He was employed as a tool and die maker for Betts Industries from 1966 - 1975 and 1976 - 2010 when  he retired due to health reasons.  He was a graduate of the Class of 1962 of Warren Area High School.  Richard served in the United States Navy (1962 -  1966)  aboard the USS Kitty Hawk in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War as an Aviation Ordinance Man.  On April 23, 1966, he married Andrea Bowes Parker with whom he recently celebrated 54 years of marriage. He was a lifetime member of the Spring Creek Volunteer Fire Department where he served as Treasurer and also Assistant Chief.  He was a lifetime member of the Corry VFW and had served as a Spring Creek Township Supervisor.  Richard will be remembered for his dedication to his family and many campfires with family and friends along the banks of Brokenstraw Creek.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 2 sons, Bradley Alan (Jodi) Parker of Corry and Brandon Frederick (Sheila) Parker of Spring Creek; 1 sister, Mary (Robert) Putnam of Erie; 3 sisters in law; Anne Montalone of Ilion NY, Nan Montalone of Ft. Wayne, IN and April Parker of Erie, PA; 10 grandchildren, Amanda (James)  Deane, Jeffrey (Kelsey) Parker, Allyson (Joshua) Woodard, Tyler (Alivia) Parker, Curtis (Sara) Parker, Alexandra (Curtis) Fox, Molly (Steven) Steigmeyer, Meg  Blake, Jacob Blake and Emily Blake; 4 great grandchildren, Kylynn Deane, Landon Deane, Sterling Fox and Linkoln Parker and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 4 brothers, Robert and Kenneth Parker and Joseph and Paul Montalone; 3 sisters, Ruth Montalone, Elaine Huber and Linda Parker. 

Friends will be received for a time of visitation at the West Spring Creek Congregational Church from 10 - 11:30 am on Saturday, October 31, 2020 where a funeral service will follow at 11:30 am with Rev. Michael James Sperry, pastor officiating.  Full military honors will follow immediately at the West Spring Creek Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Community Nursing Services of North East hospice staff, especially Jill, Becky, Hannah and Stephanie. The family suggests in lieu of flowers,  memorials may be made to the Spring Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Community Nursing Services of North East or the West Spring Creek Congregational Church. McKinney Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Inc. in Youngsville have been entrusted with all arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinneyfuneral.com


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Deb Jaquith
   Posted Thu October 29, 2020
We are so sorry to read of your loss. Prayers and thoughts for comfort and peace in your hearts

DJ Corey
   Posted Thu October 29, 2020
Rich Parker – knew him well, some 59 years ago in Clarendon. His wife, Andrea, lived kitty-corner to us and, once they met, it was love at first sight. I lost touch with Rich back then as he got out of the Navy (1966) the same year I was drafted. I always remember his infectious laugh and kind manner.

Ironically, I just talked of Rich to my older brother this past year, mentioning Dave Miley too, who hung out with that Clarendon gang back then. My brother Cliff, now gone in 2018, was also an integral part of that group. Rich was always smiling as a young guy and grass never grew under his feet. He was a couple years older than me but, when he showed up, you couldn’t help but admire him as he always brought a new twist to things.

I have nothing but fond memories of him – and Andrea too, as she clearly saw in Rich what we did too. I guess we all go our separate ways but I’ll not forget him, or Andrea, and their kindness in the old Clarendon days.

Danny & Sue Dilick
   Posted Thu October 29, 2020
We were so sad to learn of Dick's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Susan (Sue) Libby
   Posted Fri October 30, 2020
Wonderful memories of times spent with Rich and Andie in the early 70s. My ex husband, Dave Miley, also grew up in Clarendon. Rich, Dave and Cliff Corey (and his brothers Denny and Pat) were a rowdy bunch of boys... Dave passed earlier this year as well.

I likely wouldn’t have left a note here but I woke very early this morning with the most vivid and wonderful memory of getting together with Rich and Andie to play cards on Friday nights and making up ribald lyrics to old tunes, and laughing so hard I could hardly breathe. That’s the memory... that laughter and it’s what I remember most when I think of Rich Parker.

My thoughts and prayers are with you Andie, and your wonderful big family. We had our boys at the same times, Bradley, John, Brandon and Scott. And for a brief time we shared picnics, dinners at the Deer Head Inn, and mostly laughter.

Bob and Jennie Caldwell
   Posted Sat October 31, 2020
We are thinking of you today and wish it was a better time to stop by to extend our condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Kenneth L Klakamp
   Posted Mon November 02, 2020
Rest my friend, you have served your country and your community. I'll see you down the road.

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