Richard Alan Parker, 76, of Spring Creek, PA, died Monday, October 26, 2020 at home. Born Oct. 4, 1944, in Olean, NY, he was the son of the late Victor and Lucille Greene Parker. He was raised in Clarendon, PA, and started working multiple part time jobs at the young age of 12 so as to help provide for his brothers and sisters during his teenage years.
He was as a golf caddy and also worked setting up pins at the bowling alley. As a young adult, he continued to work part time jobs at Deerhead Inn in Spring Creek tending bar and also delivering milk for Warren County Dairy to help provide for his children.
He was employed as a tool and die maker for Betts Industries from 1966 – 1975 and 1976 – 2010 when he retired. He was a graduate of the Class of 1962 of Warren Area High School. Richard served in the United States Navy (1962 – 1966) aboard the USS Kitty Hawk in the South China Sea during the Vietnam War as an Aviation Ordinance Man.
On April 23, 1966, he married Andrea Bowes Parker with whom he recently celebrated 54 years of marriage. He was a lifetime member of the Spring Creek Volunteer Fire Department where he served as Treasurer and also Assistant Chief. He was a lifetime member of the Corry VFW and had served as a Spring Creek Township Supervisor. Richard will be remembered for his love of the outdoors and spending time around the campfire with his family.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by 2 sons, Bradley Alan (Jodi) Parker of Corry and Brandon Frederick (Sheila) Parker of Spring Creek; 1 sister, Mary (Robert) Putnam of Erie; 3 sisters in law; Anne Montalone of Ilion NY, Nan Montalone of Ft. Wayne, IN and April Parker of Erie, PA; 10 grandchildren, Amanda Deane, Jeffrey Parker, Allyson Woodard, Tyler Parker, Curtis Parker, Alexandra Fox, Molly Steigmeyer, Meg Blake, Jacob Blake and Emily Blake; 4 great grandchildren, Kylynn Deane, Landon Deane, Sterling Fox and Linkoln Parker and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 4 brothers, Robert and Kenneth Parker and Joseph and Paul Montalone; 3 sisters, Ruth Montalone, Elaine Huber and Linda Parker.
Friends will be received for a time of visitation at the West Spring Creek Congregational Church from 10 – 11:30 am on Saturday, October 31, 2020 where a funeral service will follow at 11:30 am with Rev. Mike Sperry, pastor officiating. Full military honors will follow immediately at the West Spring Creek Cemetery.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Community Nursing Services of Northeast hospice staff, especially Jill, Becky, Hannah and Stephanie.
The family suggests those wishing to place memorials may do so to the Spring Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Community Nursing Services of Northeast or the West Spring Creek Congregational Church. McKinney Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Inc. in Youngsville have been entrusted with all arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinneyfuneral.com
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