Ronald D. Parker

Born: Tue., Jul. 12, 1938
Died: Sun., Mar. 2, 2014

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Fri., Mar. 07, 2014
Location: Burns Mortuary

Interment following funeral service

Location: Olney Cemetery

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Ronald Duane Parker

July 12, 1938 – March 2, 2014


Ronald Duane Parker – age 75 passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family at St. Anthony’s Hospital on March 2, 2014.

Funeral Services will be conducted Friday, March 7, 2014, at 2:00 PM at the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton Chapel followed by interment at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton.  Sign the online condolence book at   Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements.

Ron was born in Baker City, Oregon, July 12, 1938, to William Richard and Genevieve (Swearingen) Parker.  He was raised in Baker City and Maupin, Oregon.  At age 17 he joined the Navy and served on the USS Osborn for 4 years.  He met the love of his life, Sharon Arrants in 1957 while home on leave.  After his discharge in June of 1959 he married Sharon on July 19th in Pendleton, Oregon.  They had two children, Cyndi and Steve.  They were married 54 years until his death. 

Ron had many hobbies; oil painting, wood carving and working on cars.  Ron had a special love for foreign cars and owned several.  He loved spending time with family and friends. 

Ron spent many days on the Snake River fishing and camping on his houseboat “thehopeshefloats”.  Ron worked for Union Pacific Railroad for 33 years and retired in 1999.  He was a member of the Bahai faith since 1961.

He is preceded in death by his father and stepmother Inelda Parker, his mother and stepfather Glen Boltz, sisters Donna Hancock and Jane Treaner, niece Laura Reed, nephews Shawn Barr and Mike Hancock.  He is survived by his wife Sharon, daughter Cyndi, son Steve, grandchildren; Amber and her husband Alex Corona, Tyson Clark and Miranda Clark, great grandchildren Kennedy and Ebin Clark and Sylvia Corona, brothers Joseph Parker and Jerry Barr.  

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Brandon & LaVeda Case
   Posted Mon March 03, 2014
Prayers & condolences to Steve & family. Love & mercy.

Heather Thompson
   Posted Tue March 04, 2014
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are here if you all need anything.

Amy Gingerich Roskilly
   Posted Tue March 04, 2014
Praying for you all.

Russ & Dawn Arrants
   Posted Wed March 05, 2014
You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Becky (Burge) Sproed
   Posted Wed March 05, 2014
Aunt Sharon and Family,
I'm so sorry for your loss! Uncle Ron has some great company with him. I'm sure him and dad are already have some fun times. Wish I was there to give you all hugs. Prayers and Love!

Joseph D. Parker
   Posted Wed March 05, 2014
When I think of my brother Ron, the first thing that comes to mind is the phrase he coined regarding our relationship, I was his "brother from another mother".
I think his witty personality came from Jerry Lewis, anyway thats what he reminded me of during some of his moments.
For a man who never finished school he was one of the most gifted and smartest men I had the pleasure of being related to. There was not a car he was not affraid to be a mechanic of. He was a carpenter, carpet layer, sounding board and teacher, to me anyway....He taught me how to change my first transmission. He was a hunter of game, a fisherman and an artist. He was my brother from another mother and he will be missed and I regret having not spent more time with him.

Bernice Erskine Fugere
   Posted Thu March 06, 2014
I wish I could be there for the service. Ron was one of my first Baha'i friends. When I became a Baha'i in 1970 I was asked to meet with the Baha'i Assembly. Ron said we were all going to sacrifice a goat at sundown as my initiation... that was Ron's sense of humor... loved that guy.

Beth Scharf Brouillard , sons Nathan & Joshua
   Posted Fri March 07, 2014
To the Parker Family......We didnt get to know you all very closely but have been neighbors "down the hill" now for 24 years....Have enjoyed viewing your beautiful victorian home and saw all the work you put into it...such good role models for our street and area!! Have enjoyed speaking with various family thru the years...and want you to know you are in our prayers for peace and comfort at this time of loss, and for healing....that only Christ can provide with his love.

Fred Knape
   Posted Fri March 07, 2014
Sorry to hear about the passing of Ron. I knew Ron for several years while working for the railroad. First met Ron at Meacham working on the section. He had several jobs railroading. Remembering him most as a track inspector on the Oregon division on the Pendleton area. While I was working the same area after he retired he most always stop to talk about past times railroading with many storys good times and hard times we all had. Best wishes to your family. Fred

   Posted Mon March 10, 2014
Sharon, I am so sorry for the loss of Ron. I remember how excited you were when you told Carol and I you were engaged to Ron. Oh so many years ago. May peace be with you when you remember all the good memories of the two of you together. My thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow.

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