Robert Clarkston “Bob” Parker
Robert Clarkston “Bob” Parker passed away peacefully Monday, March 18, 2013, at the age of 82. He was a resident of Greenwood.
He will be remembered as a loving son, husband, father and grandfather. He was born to Earl C. and Florence (Wiethoff) Parker on Feb. 11, 1931, in Seymour. He was a direct descendant of the original Quaker settlers of Sandcreek Township in Bartholomew County.
He graduated from Seymour Shields High School in 1949 and was president of his high school class. He was active in Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.
In 1953, he graduated from Indiana University School of Business. While at IU, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, serving as its treasurer.
Following graduation, he served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force for two years as an aircraft controller. On June 16, 1957, he married Sandra “Sandi” Baker in Columbus, with whom he spent 55 wonderful years.
Upon returning from military service, Bob was employed by Arvin Industries Inc. in Columbus. In 1970, he joined Anderson Box Co. and Inland Container Corp. in Indianapolis. He retired from Inland in 1996.
During retirement years, he and Sandi enjoyed traveling to many interesting destinations throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Bob was a member of Seymour Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis and American Legion Post No. 252. He was a past member of Mount Auburn United Methodist Church and Royal Oak Country Club (now Dye’s Walk), where he was an avid golfer (making clubs for himself, family and friends.)
He is survived by his wife, Sandi; two children, Molly Parker (Tom) Shields of Ozark, Mo., and Dr. Andrew C. (Jennifer) Parker of Greenwood; and five grandchildren, Andrew II, Mary Katherine, Alexander, Maxwell and Hope Parker.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice of charity.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home, 1605 S. State Road 135, where we will celebrate Bob’s life. A private family graveside service will be conducted by Pastor Mike Brown.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.ghherrmann.com.