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     Melvin Chester Parker, age 82, of rural Golden City, passed away Wednesday evening, July 13, 2016, surrounded by his family at Good Shepherd Nursing Home.

     Melvin was born March 22, 1934, in Barton County, to Earl and Ilah (John) Parker.  He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Alden Parker and Rex Parker; and three sisters, Loretta Gardner, Reba Oberman, and Lynda Cearnal.

     A natural athlete, Melvin excelled in sports in the Golden City and Lockwood school systems and he attended Pitt State on a basketball scholarship.  Throughout his life, Melvin supported and encouraged many young athletes, especially enjoying the time spent cheering for his grandchildren.  He was an avid outdoorsman who cut wood, fished and hunted turkey, quail, and deer.  Always interested and involved in his community, Melvin was twice honored as “Citizen of the Year”.  He was a Rotarian for many years and an active member of First Christian Church of Lamar.

     On March 29, 1953, in Jasper, Missouri, Melvin married Bonnie Stevenson, and they made their home and raised their four children in Barton County.  Melvin enjoyed a long career in the lumber business, working at various locations including Stocker Propane and Wolf Lumber Company in Golden City, Oneal Lumber in Republic, Kirk Lumber in Nevada and managing Community Lumber in Lamar before owning & operating Community Home Center for several years.  He later worked for TapJac, Barton’s in Carthage, and Isenhower Lumber in Lamar before retiring in 2015 due to illness.  Melvin’s vast knowledge of lumber and construction, genuine dedication to serving others, and his cheerful disposition created life-long friendships. In 1996, Melvin and Bonnie purchased a farm near Golden City where they enjoyed country living and operated a dog kennel, breeding labs and golden retrievers.

     Survivors include Bonnie, his wife of 63 years, of the home; three sons, Doug (Sharon) Parker, Scott (Julie) Parker, and Brady Parker, all of Lamar; a daughter, Cheryl Parker-Reed, Lamar; five brothers, Norman (Marlene) Parker, Golden City, J.C. (Margie) Parker, Republic, Stanley (Henrietta) Parker, Golden City, Jim (Lois) Parker, Lockwood, and Jerre (Maureen) Parker, Houston, Texas;  a step-brother, Bob (Anh) Bitney, Texas; a step-sister, Janis (Ralph) Kasper, Harrisonville, Missouri; two sisters-in-law, Betty Parker, Golden City and Ann Parker, Lockwood; ten grandchildren, Nathan Parker, Brandon Parker, Darin Parker, Carrie Thieman, Chet Parker, Michael Parker, Garrett Parker, Gabe Reed, Ashley Parker, and Derek Parker; twelve great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.

     Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 16th, at First Christian Church of Lamar.  Burial will be in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Golden City.

     The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 15th at First Christian Church.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Good Shepherd Nursing Home or Lymphoma Society, in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


#46 Lamar MoSharon & David Osburn 2016-07-24 10:02
Bonnie, Doug, Cheryl Brady & family,
We was so sorry to hear of your loss, our prayers are with you. Melvin will be remembered by all of us who knew him!
God bless you all,
Sharon & David
#45 Rhonda Sweeney 2016-07-17 16:48
Bonnie & Family,

My Condolences & PRAYERS For the Family of Melvin Parker. Melvin always had a Smile. When you met him going down the road he always waved. When he worked at the Lumber Yards he Always asked How my In-Laws Where Doing. Liked Always Seeing you two at Church Always asked How the Family Was Doing. Liked Seeing you two at the ball games, also. He Will Truly Be Missed!!!!
#44 Joplin, MOLarry M. Cantrell 2016-07-17 10:17
I want to express my sincere condolences to the family and loved ones on the passing of Melvin. I first become acquainted with Melvin when he managed the Community Lumber in Lamar and had the pleasure of maintaining that personal relationship through the years with Melvin.

We both had chosen the lumber industry as a career because of the personal satisfaction that it provided and the opportunity to work with a caliber of people and customers that were second to none. Melvin was always to same whenever we would meet; a man of integrity with a positive attitude and genuine smile.

I will miss my friend.

Larry M. Cantrell, Retired Building Materials Sales
#43 LamarBob &Janet Sitton 2016-07-16 09:27
Our prayers and sympathy to the family.
#42 Mount Vernon, MOJudy Nichols 2016-07-16 07:50
Bonnie and Family, I can't find the words to tell all of you how much Melvin will be missed. Part of my family for all these years. I know he and Dad are mixing it up right now. Such a blessing to have known him. My prayers are with you.
#41 Lamar MOLori Compton McCulley 2016-07-16 04:57
So sorry for your loss! He was a great man and will be missed by all that knew him!
#40 Jasper, MOKelli & Larry Walker 2016-07-15 23:01
So sorry to hear of this loss. Melvin was a wonderful person & we always enjoyed doing business with him & visiting with him. He always had a smile & such a love for life & people, especially children. What a loss, such a great man!
#39 Lamar missouriLynette Main Brous 2016-07-15 22:30
My prayers going out to the family. Thinking of you . I always enjoyed Melvin. He was my neighbor when I was a child. Always smiling & friendly conversations. He will be greatly missed.
#38 carthageStephanie Lewis 2016-07-15 21:50
One very special man who I adored. I worked with him at Tapjac and he made my day more enjoyable. I am happy that I got to meet such a wonderful person inside and out. My heart and prayers go out to his family he always spoke so highly of you all. Much love Melvin inside will see again someday.
#37 Carl Junction, Missouri 64834Charley and Lenora Clark 2016-07-15 20:17
We're sorry we are unable to attend the service. We thought a great deal of Melvin as did so many. Our prayers are with you. God Bless YOU ALL.
Charley and Lenora Clark

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