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Parker, Richard E.

Parker, Richard E.

September 9, 1947 — May 18, 2019

Richard E. Parker, 71, of Lee’s Summit, MO went to be with his Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Lee’s Summit Medical Center. He was born in Kansas City, Kansas to Richard Parker and Margaret Mae Mack. Rich grew up in Shawnee, Kansas and graduated from Shawnee Mission North High School. His lifelong goal was to be a teacher. He got his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas. He later received a Master’s Degree and an additional 32 hours from Central Missouri State in Warrensburg, Missouri.

Rich started his teaching career at St. Agnes in Roeland Park, Kansas. From there he went to Grandview, Missouri and taught 28 years at Meadowmere Elementary and Butcher-Greene Elementary. He retired from Grandview and taught 5 years at Blue Ridge Christian School and then subbed at Summit Christian Academy. Rich’s first love was his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He attended Blue Ridge Bible Church (now Word of Grace Fellowship) for over 40 years. He truly displayed the Joy of the Lord and always had a smile on his face, and a word of encouragement for everyone he met.

His second love was his family, which is what his world revolved around. He loved his children and his grandchildren immensely. When any occasion was planned, he wanted everyone there no matter what.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters Susie Curry, Penny Benton and Kim Davis. He is survived by his wife Beverly; son Adam and his wife Fran; their children: Taylor, Cooper, and Aidan; daughter Emily Doss and her husband Josh; their children: Ruby and Rosie; daughter: Megan Richards and husband Ben; and their children: Bo, Lucy, Macy, and Nolan; and sister Cindy Conklin.

Richard chose to be cremated.  A “Celebration of Life” will be held at Word of Grace Fellowship in Raytown, Missouri on Friday, May 31st. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 AM and the service will begin at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Word of Grace Fellowship, Raytown, MO or Summit Christian Academy, Lees Summit, MO.

Service Information

A “Celebration of Life” will be held at Word of Grace Fellowship in Raytown, Missouri on Friday, May 31st. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 AM and the service will begin at 11:00 AM.

Parker, Richard E.'s Guestbook

As a cousin, I always enjoyed family get togethers with the Parkers. Richie was always happy, fun and helpful. He always made you feel important. When I married Bruce in 1972, Richie was an usher for us. Bev, our prayers go out to you and the family. A very special person that will be missed but not forgotten.

Bruce and Linda Miller

Beverly, Adam, Emily and Megan, Your Dad was a special guy. I remember do New Years Day breakfast with your family and friends. Richard always kept it lively. He had a genuine laugh. Richard loved going to Horn Creek and gathering with other believers and sharing stories with one another. He love to be with a group. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Cliff & Claudia Payton

Mrs. Parker and family, My heart was saddened to hear of his passing. My parents said it best, you and your husband played a huge part in my education. I am so very grateful for that and the examples you left me with. I will be praying for you and your family during this time.

Janice Dean

Mrs. Parker Wilma and I could never thank you enough for the role you and Rich played in our daughters education sad for us to hear about Rich's passing you will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming weeks

Wayne and Wilma Dean

Richard Parker, there are so many wonderful things I remember about you and your special unique personality. The minute you walked in the room lit up and everyone knew you were truly a God loving caring person, and loved by all! My love and prayers Beverly, Adam, Emily, Megan and grandchildren. I truly loved my friend Richard and all the family. God bless.

Sherry Belleau

I will always be glad that I had Rich in my life while teaching at Butcher-Greene. He was so great with all the kids. He always had a hug and a laugh to share with all of us. He always asked me to tell this story that happened when he and I taught first grade together. At that time we had "homeroom" kids and then we switched kids around for reading groups. So, therefore, I had some of Rich's "homeroom" kids in my reading groups. It was teacher appreciation week. One of my "homeroom" kids had given me a gift of a large badge and ribbon. I was making a big fuss over how much I liked it. A sweet girl with big brown eyes from Rich's homeroom asked me what it said. I proudly told her that it said "World's Best Teacher". She got this very confused look on her face and said "But my mom said that Mr. Parker is the best teacher!!!!" I tried not to laugh and couldn't wait to tell Rich. We have laughed over that for many years. I wish for his family peace and time to grieve. He will be missed by so many people. I am so glad he is not suffering.

Kathy Cummings

Dear Bev and family, What a treasure your sweet Rich was. We shall miss him tremendously. Always a smile and a warm handshake, and something encouraging to say. We’re praying for your hurting hearts.

David and Angelee True

We so enjoyed your Dad, Megan! We will miss him. Continuing prayers for your family. Love you all.

Earl & Judy Oark

Our lives were made fuller by knowing Rich. We will never be the same until we are reunited with our Savior and Lord. Save a place for us, Rich. We miss youj so.

Richard and Joellen Hodges

Adam, Fran and family! I am so sorry for your loss. Adam, your dad was an amazing man. I loved his hugs every time he came to Cambridge, birthday parties etc. My prayers are with you and your family.

Peggy McMillin

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