David C. Parker, Havana, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018 surrounded by his beloved family. A private service was conducted by Potts Chapel in Independence. In lei of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Berean Christian Mission and Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. Memorials may be sent to Potts Chapel, 122 South Penn Ave., Independence, KS 67301.
David C. Parker was born May 24, 1947 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He was the son of Henry Burton and Gertrude Marie (Smith) Parker. He grew up in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and moved to California when he was 16. After 2 years, David journeyed his way back to Oklahoma, first to Dewey, then to Copan and finally settling in Havana, Kansas in 1983. David worked as a concrete finisher for 54 years before retiring in 2014. During those years he worked for Strange Construction Company, Berberick Construction Company and Schlegal Construction Company. In 2003, he started his own business.
David married Penny Joann Plucker on February 11, 1984 at the 1st Baptist Church in Caney, Kansas. They made their home in Havana. David loved country living where he enjoyed his miniature horses, coon hunting, riding horses and was an avid former chicken fighter. His dying wish was to have a pet skunk. Penny granted this wish by driving many miles to pick up Miss Daisy LaPhew- the pet skunk.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister: Sandra Beggs, son: David C. Parker Jr. and stepdad: J.T. Harvey.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Penny, sons: Ben (Tracy) Parker of Sedan, KS. and Brent (Michele) Parker of Ray, OH., daughter: Kelly (Ron) Smith of Corona, CA., five grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 3 step-great-grandchildren, brother: Henry W. Parker of Bartlesville, OK., and sister: Pam Callahan.
Penny, you have been and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs!
Vern and Teresa StreckerIndependence, KS
Penny! We are so sorry for the loss of a beloved Husband, Brother and my Cousin. I could set and tell a book full of stories about the times we shared as youngsters. I know God has welcomed him home and for that I am pleased.
Bud SmithSomerton, AZ
I have wonderful memories of our childhood. When the Parker kids got together you know something was going to happen. I've missed him as a adult. Sorry we have lost him so soon. My prayers for your family. Love in Christ Linda Parker Stimson
Linda StimsonBartlesville, OK
My deepest condolences to the family, David will be greatly missed. I definitely admired the fight he had in him, no matter how he felt he always greeted everyone with a smile & kind words. I will miss seeing him at church but I know he's rejoicing in heaven. May God bless you Penny.
Angela HendersonIndependence, KS
May the peace and comfort of The Comforter, Jesus Christ surround you all at this time. Dave was a very loving and generous man. Glad to have you all as friends. Enjoyed all the fun times with you both. Love and hugs! Mary Ann
Mary Ann BrownCaney, KS
My deepest, most heart felt condolences to the family. He was such a wonderful man!! He was always so kind to us Havana kids. I am so sorry for your loss. The family will be in my thoughts & prayers
Sue (Jay) TrewinLawler, IA
Prayers for your family! Dave was a great man! Still remember nights that ole man would out walk everyone to the tree, where one of his dogs would have a coon...
Nick & Brandi CunninghamTyro, KS
God has gain another Angel to watch over us! You were such a Great friend! We will miss you deeply! Rest in Peace my friend we Love you!
Jay and Cindy SmithGrove, OK
Sorry for your lost your family is in my prayers
Linda HannahHavana, KS
Penny so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you
Sheila woodCaney, KS
Penny so sorry for your loss l did have fun at the chicken fight and he was a very hard worker prayers for you and the family. Joye
Joye NunneleyCaney, KS
So sorry for your loss Penny. I enjoyed knowing Dave. He was the best cement finisher around. He will be missed.
Jerry and Joann WilsonIndependence, KS
Penny, You are always in our thoughts and prayers. May our Lord give you strength and peace during this time of loss. May the perpetual light shine upon Dave. Bless you all, Bob & Pam
Bob and Pam BarnesFoley, AL
He was a cousin and good friend. He will be missed by many friends and family.
Kim DrumCaney, KS
I'm so sorry for your loss! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!
Gina WebsterIndependence, KS
Sincerest condolences, Penny.
Ed LewisIndependence, KS
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your loved one David. May you find comfort in the words written at Acts 24:15, where God promises to bring back to life those we have lost in death by means of a resurrection. In the near future He will also eliminate our enemy, death.(Isaiah 25:8) This gives us the wonderful hope of being reunited with our loved ones, forever. Until then, I hope the memories of David and these promises from God comfort you in the days to come.
So sorry for your lose Penny.
Jerry and Judy EganHavana, KS
I will miss you so much Dad! You were my strength even though we lived so far away from each other. Mom, I love you and call me anytime you need to talk or want to share some stories with me. My dad was an amazing man, an incredible father and my hero.
Kelly SmithCorona, CA
Penny, Thoughts and prayers for you and family.
Margie SwisherIndependence, KS