Sterling Glen Parker

January 28, 1917May 20, 2014

Dr. Sterling Glen Parker, 97, of The Forum and formerly of Parkway Place in Houston, Texas, died peacefully on the 20th of May, 2014, at Memorial City Medical Center Hospice.

Born on the 28th of January in 1917 in Belle Union, Indiana, he married Margery Butler on the 22nd of November, 1939. They resided in Decatur, Illinois, from 1948 when he opened his orthopedics practice until moving to Houston in 1984. Sterling graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana in 1938 and from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois, in 1942, completing residency in 1948. He served as a Captain in the US Army during WWII. Dr. Parker was a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, past President of the Illinois Medical Society, and invited fellow of several other academies.

His wife of 68 years, Margery Butler Parker, predeceased him on the 28th of April, 2007. Survivors include his four daughters, Linda Woodward, Anne Rose, Nancy Friedman, and Dr. Jane Milan; three son-in-laws, David Rose, Dr. Robert Friedman, and John Milan; nine grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren. Grandchildren and spouses include: Drs. Larry and Stacey Heit, Adam and Megan Rose, Collin and Lexie Rose, Bryan and Robyn Friedman, Peter and Hannah Kramer, Marc Friedman and Kendra Ortner, Charles and Lauren Yost, Matthew Milan and Megan Milan.

At a later date, the family will gather for a private memorial service.


  • At a later date, the family will gather for a private memorial service.

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Anne Schmidt-Lyons

May 28, 2014

I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Parker for a number of years in surgery at Decatur Memorial Hospital . He was an excellent surgeon who cared deeply about his patients always demanding the best quality of care . He also took a personal interest in my welfare when , at a young age , tragedy struck and I was left a widow with a young daughter to raise . He never failed to ask how we were doing and if we needed anything . I will always remember his kindness . My condolences to the family .

Linda Parker Woodward

May 27, 2014

Thank you both for your memories. I remember Joe very well and how much dad looked forward to his visits. I am sorry to learn of his passing. They both had a long life we can all be proud of and that they both are at peace now.

Barbara Seay

May 26, 2014

My father, Joe Boydstun, lived at Parkway Place and considered both Marge and Sterling wonderful friends. He and his friend, Helen Todd, visited Marge when she was in the hospital during her last stay. After she died, my dad and Sterling were often lunch buddies. Even after Sterling was not able to go to the dining room any more, my dad would stop by his room for short visits. My dad moved to an assisted living/memory care facility in Katy to be closer to me in the summer of 2012 and lost touch with his friends at Parkway Place. He died in January of 2013. I had the privilege of sharing lunch time with the two of them and could see why my dad had such high regard for Sterling. I know he would want me to offer his condolences to the family. I cherish the memories I have of the two of them sharing stories and experiences. May God bring you comfort and peace as you grieve his loss.

Linda Durant

May 23, 2014

As Dr. Jane Milan's next door neighbor, I have a very specific memory of Dr. Parker. Being an avid gardener, I was often in my front yard when Dr. Parker would pull into Jane's driveway. I always greeted him and he would respond with a smile and tell me that he had come over to see Lauren. Now Lauren, whom I knew well, was a happy energetic toddler with a little mischievous smile. It was just a pleasure for me to see Dr. Parker looking forward to seeing his granddaughter. May Dr. Parker be at peace and we pray for peace for his family.