Gerald E. "Jerry" "Moose" Parker
Gerald E. “Jerry” “Moose” Parker, 70, of Burlington and formerly of Mt. Pleasant and Donnelson, died Monday, June 24, 2013, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 28, at the Forest Home Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. The Rev. Kenneth Smith will officiate. Burial will be in the Forest Home Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, at the Kimzey Funeral Home, Mt. Pleasant. The family will be present to receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday. Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church or the Steamboat Senior Center of Burlington. Online condolences may be directed to www.kimzeyfuneralhome.com.
He was born Nov. 17, 1942, in rural Oakland Mills, near Mt. Pleasant. He was the son of Delbert and Lois (Welch) Parker. He graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1962. He had been married to Diana Irene (Woodsmall) Parker. The couple later divorced. He then married Frances Dochterman Parker. Frances preceded him in death. He then married Helen Reid Parker. The couple later divorced.
He began his working career on his family farm. In 1972, he began a career with the former Blue Bird Bus Company in Mt. Pleasant. After residing in Mt. Pleasant, he lived for a while in Donnellson before moving to Burlington. He was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Burlington. He was a member of the Steamboat Senior Center in Burlington where he was a past president. He was a member of the Hawkeye Natives Golden Oldies. In his spare time, he enjoyed quilting and cards, most especially pinochle, as he was a member of a pinochle card club.
Survivors include a son, Gregory (Kelly) Parker of Mt. Pleasant; a daughter, Valerie Parker of Mt. Pleasant; a brother, Dale (Jessie) Parker of LaFayette, Ga.; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his second wife and a sister in infancy, Geraldine Parker.