Richard Parker

Richard Allen Parker

Tuesday, August 15th, 1950 - Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
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Richard A. Parker, 69, of Benton Harbor, MI passed away Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at Spectrum Lakeland Hospital- St. Joseph.

Born Aug. 15, 1950 in St. Joseph, MI to Ted and Florine (Samsen) Parker. Richard was a 1968 St. Joe graduate then attended Kendall School of Design in Grand Rapids until he was drafted to the Army; Vietnam War. He was an artist specializing in paints and woodworking. Finally, Richard was a quiet, kind, gentle man and his family was his world.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years Barbara Pendergrass; step-son Steven Parker; five grandchildren; siblings Jane Lesniak, Diana Tippy, Jon Parker, Ted Parker and Lisa (Ryan) Katowich and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Linda Herman.

Cremation has taken place and Richard’s family will celebrate his life privately. Memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Barbara Pendergrass. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence for the family may do so online at
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Gayle DeSchaaf

Posted at 09:00pm
I was saddened to learn of Dick’s passing. We were childhood friends, neighbors, and ‘68 Bears classmates. He was a kind and gentle man.

Larry Wozniak

Posted at 10:03pm
Barbara: I was saddened to hear of Richard's passing. When our paths crossed at the BH Library and even when Richard was working at The Grill at Harbor Shores I always felt joy talking to you both. Every Halloween I see candy corn and think of you. Mom died in August a short time after our Woodstock themed family reunion. We had a VW hippie bus surrounding her wheelchair. Our prayers are with you always. Larry Wozniak 429-2098

Jane lesniak

Posted at 12:23pm
Will miss you Brothet Dear

Barbara Burkett

Posted at 09:21am
I'm so very sorry to hear about Dick's passing. We were classmates at St. Joe, and he was a truly amazing guy. Kind, caring, a great sense of humor, and one of the most gifted artists I've ever seen. Quite by chance we crossed paths a few years ago, and had a brief opportunity to catch up. It was clear how much his spouse and family meant to him. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

ted vernon

Posted at 08:04pm
I remember playing with Richard when I was a grade school kid and we lived down the street. He was always nice.
Once we moved I lost track of him. My condolences to the family.
Ted Vernon
Jenison, Mi.

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