Charles Parker, 73

Charles Walter Parker, 73, of Centreville, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Bronson Methodist Hospital after a brief illness. He was born in Centreville, on March 13, 1937, a son of William and Bertha (Howard) Parker.

Charles was employed by Continental Can/Fonda Group for 42 years, the Intermediate School District for 12 years in part-time food service delivery, and provided security for the Centreville United Methodist Church. Charles was a member of the Boys Scouts of America Troop #107 and a lifetime member of the St. Joseph County Mounted Division. He was also a volunteer Centreville firefighter and a Little League coach and umpire.

Charles is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara (Radley) Parker; sons John Henry (Brenda) Parker, Charles Roger (Wendy) Parker; daughter Robin Elaine Parker; grandchildren Elizabeth, John, Lillian, Chelsey and Charles Parker, Paul & William Lowrey; great-grandchildren Kyle Lowrey and Izaac Shepherd; and sister Bernice Clark. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Lottie Parker; brother Tyde Parker; and sister Clarecy Parker, all in infancy; sister Grace Knaak; brothers Arlo Parker, Oscar Parker, and Earl Parker.

According to his wishes, cremation has taken place. Relatives and friends will be received Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at the Centreville United Methodist Church, where a Memorial Service will follow at 11 a.m.. Rev. Dr. Karin Orr will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Centreville United Methodist Church are welcome. On-line messages may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com.

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