Robert L. Parker
January 14, 1928 – June 4, 2021
SHILOH- Robert L. Parker, 93, of Shiloh, IL, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 4, 2021 at his home.
Robert enlisted in the Air Force (Army Air Corps) in 1946, the age of 17. He proudly served at Chanute AFB, IL, Upper Heyford AB, England, Scott AFB, IL, Ladd AFB, AK, Prestwick, AFB, Scotland, Ellsworth AFB, SD, Offutt AFB, NE, and retired in 1968 after nearly 23 years of service, as a Senior Master Sergeant.
He continued in government service as a civilian for almost 20 additional years. His heart of service for his country and for his Savior, was apparent in all aspects of his life.
As a family, we will be forever grateful for both Robert and Elsie, his wife of 72 years, demonstrating what a joy it is to serve the Lord.
Robert was born January 14, 1928 in West Stewartsown, NH, to Edwin F. and Ida Rose (Libby) Parker. He was the 7th of 11 children. He married Elsie Piercy on January 23, 1949. Together, they shared 71 1/2 years of marriage before her passing on September 22, 2020. He was also preceded in death by one son, Michael Robert Parker; brothers, George Parker and Harley Parker; and sisters, Lydia Haynes, Virginia Stanton, Josephine Estabrooks, Jeannette Kimball, Neicie Lyons, Phyllis Mosher and Rachel Langlais.
Surviving is his daughter, Debra (Jack) Hook of Fairview Heights, IL; grandchildren, Tami (David) Wolfson, Kayla (Bob) Surrey, Joy (Jim) Siegrist and Jennifer (Ben) Adams; great-grandchildren, Mykel, James, Parker, Anyka, Nathian, Lincoln, Jonah, Emilia, Ruell, Kulani-Kai, London, Nylah, Emily, Libby, Parker Grace and Hattie; one sister, Edwina Adair; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
VISITATION: A visitation for Robert will be held on Wednesay, June 9, 2021 from 4:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. at Lake View Funeral Home, 5000 N. Illinois St., Fairview Heights, IL.
SERVICE: A funeral service will be held Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 10:00AM at the funeral home. Interment will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Robert L. Parker
June 10, 2021
Bob was a wonderful man and my family and I loved worshiping with him and Elsie and running into them at the base food court and commissary. The Parkers were a blessing and welcomed him/them very much.
Rich and Joyce Gilley
June 10, 2021
How deeply sadden we are to hear of dear Bob's passing! What a wonderful man of God he was and oh what joy he is having as we all mourn him here! The greatest consolation we can have is knowing he's with Jesus and reunited with his beautiful Elsie! Condolences to his family and all those who loved him! He will be missed by all who knew him! May the love you have for him comfort you as you say goodbye.
June 5, 2021
My Name is Derek and I knew Robert and Elsie from Golden Corral when they would come in to eat. I didn't know she passed away until recently. What a beautiful example they were. She was always so sweet to me and he was always so nice. I remember when they told me they were married for 70 YEARS! I wasn't shocked at all. They would both come by my table to talk to my family. She would always give my aunt a hug and he was nice as well. You all were SO blessed to have them as your parents and grandparents. True Leaders. May they both rest in paradise with our lord.
For god loved the world that he gave his only son,
That whoever believes in him shall not parish
but have eternal life.
They are now together again in heaven!
My love and prayers are with you all.