Donald Keith Parker

Donald Keith Parker
Donald Keith Parker

ASHTON — Donald Keith Parker, of Ashton, passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2015, at his residence. He was 80 years old.

Don was born on Nov. 29, 1934, in Reed City, to Howard W. Parker and Edna (West) Parker. He was raised in Reed City and was a 1952 graduate of Reed City High School. On Aug. 16, 1952, he married the love of his life, Arlene Joyce Howell.

He was employed for 12 years with Miller Industries of Reed City before going to work for Michigan-Wisconsin pipeline company, where he worked for another 20 years until his retirement in 1981. Don spent his retirement years as an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman, and enjoyed spending time woodworking. Donald and family have been longtime members of the Ashton United Methodist Church. He loved spending time with his wife, Arlene, and supporting his children and grandchildren in their sporting events and musical ventures. Most of all, he was the greatest husband and the best father and grandfather you could have ever dreamed for. He will be deeply missed forever in our hearts.

Don is survived by a loving family – his wife of 63 years, Arlene Parker, of Ashton; their children, Luanne (Tom) Vaughn, of Tustin, Don (Terri) Parker, of Reed City, and Sherry (Rick) McDonald, of LeRoy; 11 grandchildren, Jackie (Shawn) Wright, of Redondo Beach, Calif., Craig (Linda) Meyer, of Lake Odessa; Jessica (Trevon) Cole, of Fife Lake, Cortney (Ben) Robertson, of LeRoy, Ben Parker, of Lyons, Colo., Matthew McDonald, of Boyne Falls, Myranda McDonald, of LeRoy, Mitchell McDonald, of LeRoy, Sara Vaughn, of Six Lakes, and Amanda Fitzgerald and Adam Hassler, both of Sheboygan Falls, Wis.; eight great‐grandchildren, Gweneth, Jemma, Lulu, and Arrow Cole, of Fife Lake, Paige Robertson, of LeRoy, Zander Hassler, and Taylor and Gabriel Rassmussen, of Sheboygan Falls, Wis.; siblings, sister Jalane Stone, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and brother, David (Barb) Agin, of Clearwater, Fla.; brother-in-law, Dale Howell, of LeRoy; seven nieces and nephews, Dana (Carol) Parker, of Ashton, Pam Parker, of Reed City, Debbie (Donnie) Lange, of Stanwood, Wayne Parker, of Grand Rapids, Ricky Leverock, Walter Ryan and Brian Stone, all of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and his beloved church family at Ashton United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard Parker and Edna Browne; brother, Douglas Parker (and sister-in-law, Glenda Parker); sister, Jerrianne Baldwin; nephew, Howard O. Parker; mother and father-in-law, Otha and Lulu Howell; brother‐in‐law, Vern Howell; and sister‐in‐law, Ellen (Howell) Holmes.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at the Pruitt-Livingston Funeral Home in Reed City, with the Rev. Scott Loomis officiating. Burial will be at the Hersey Village Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 11 a.m. until time of services on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ashton United Methodist Church. Online obituary may be viewed and condolences offered at pruittlivingston.com.