Erik Parker

Erik Lee Parker

Tuesday, March 7th, 1972 - Saturday, April 24th, 2021
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Erik Lee Parker, 49, of Benton Harbor, passed away, Saturday, April 24, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 7:00 P.M. Monday, April 26, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. Benjamin Bowater officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations in Erik’s name may be made to Lory’s Place in St. Joseph. Those wishing to sign Erik’s Memory Book online may do so at

Erik was born March 7, 1972 in Niles to Jerry Lee & Barbara (Alleman) Parker. He graduated from Dowagiac High School, Class of 1990 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Andrew’s University. Erik was employed for many years as a teacher at Berrien Springs Schools Alternative Education program before gaining employment with Hartford Schools as a supervisor for the last five years. Erik served as a referee for high school football and for several years as the baseball coach at Lake Michigan College. In his free-time, Erik enjoyed playing golf and rooting for the Detroit Tigers.

Erik is survived by his mother and step-father-Barbara & Michael Oros of St. Joseph; the love of his life-Kathleen Basha of Coloma; two daughters-Allixandra Stauffer of St. Joseph, Madison Balow of Kalamazoo; his brother Gus (Kisha) Parker of Dowagiac; niece & nephew Jayden & Justin Parker, Jr.; his beloved huskies-Rocket & Jarvis; and friends too numerous to mention. He was preceded in death by his father Jerry Lee Parker.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 26th, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Monday, April 26th, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, April 26th, 2021 | 7:00pm
    Monday, April 26th, 2021 7:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Masks & Social Distancing will be required for both the visitation and the service. Memorial donations in Erik's memory may be made to Lory's Place, St. Joseph, Michigan


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Alex Wisecup

Posted at 11:01am
My condolences go out to his entire family. I first met Erik through officiating football and thank him and his Dowagiac Boys for letting a Lancer onto their crew. I still cherish those years today as some of the best times I've had officiating. Erik was one of the main reasons why, as his personality and laugh were so infectious. RIP Brother Goose - You'll be missed.

Hilda Banyon

Posted at 04:43pm
Barb and Mike, Steve and I send our sincere condolences on the passing of your son.

Marianne Murdock

Posted at 12:09pm
Our hearts ache with your loss. Erik was a wonderful young man and he will surely be missed. Jerry and I send our most sincere and heartfelt sympathies. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you!!

Darlene Powell

Posted at 11:00am
Barb and Mike, I am so sorry to hear of Eric's passing. So many memories of him and all the guys growing up, of course all the hours at the baseball fields. My thoughts and prayers for all of you during this difficult time.


Posted at 10:09am
I’m so sorry for your loss. What a gift our cherished memories are along with great friends and family to help you. I found Psalm 37:29 to be comforting I hope it comforts you too. With my deepest sympathy.

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