Robert Harry Parker, age 102, died October 21, 2019 at the Legacy Lodge in Chariton Iowa. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 25, 2019 at Fielding Funeral Home, Chariton, Iowa with burial at the Russell Cemetery.
Bob, as he was known by all, was born near Russell and lived all his life in Russell except for the time spent in the army in World War II. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Russell from the time he was ten years old until his death, a member of the American Legion for over seventy-two years.
Bob served the Russell community as the local bank manager for several years and then as a rural letter carrier for thirty years. He served on several civic boards and commissions including the Lucas County Conservation Board and the Rathbun Regional Planning Commission as well as being involved in church and social activities. After Retirement he continued to keep active with his wood working shop, hunting, fishing, traveling and other outdoor activities, he was also an avid reader, reading two to four books a week.
Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene, his high school sweetheart, married in 1940, they had one child, Edward Douglas Parker who died in 1966 at the age of 24, parents Guy and Zella Parker, one sister Eileen Wright, one infant brother Guy Jr. Robert is survived by his nieces, Sherry Hass, Dawn Beaty, Carol Coulson, Jana Cooper, and nephew Richard Pierce.
Visitation is from 6-8:00 p.m. at the Fielding Funeral Home on Thursday, October 24, 2019. Memorials may be made to The First Baptist Church, Russell, IA or to Russell Historical Society. On-line condolences may be made to www.fieldingfuneralhomes.com.
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