1923–2012

John Junior “Ace” Parker, 89, of Coon Rapids, died Thursday, March 29, 2012, at Thomas Rest Haven.

Funeral was at 10:30 a.m. today, April 2, at United Methodist Church in Coon Rapids with the Rev. Lynn Gunderson presiding.

Congregation hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “In the Garden.” Organist was Lula Garnes.

Casket bearers were Dave Schroeder, Chad Parker, Aaron Parker, Cory Parker, Chuck Parker and Dawn Parker. Honorary casket bearers were Kristin Mills and Nathan Parker.

Burial was at Highland Township Cemetery at Bayard with military honors by American Legion Gurney Parker Post 357.

Johnson and Woodhouse Funeral Home handled arrangements.

John Junior “Ace” Parker, son of John and Ila (Erb) Parker, was born Feb. 1, 1923, on the family farm north of Coon Rapids. He grew up in Coon Rapids and graduated from Coon Rapids High School.

On Sept. 8, 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS Oahu attaining the rank of yeoman first class. Upon receiving his honorable discharge on Sept. 22, 1945, Ace returned to Coon Rapids, where he worked for Garst and Thomas.

On Jan. 1, 1943, Ace married Isabelle Elizabeth Beebe at South Mills, N.C. The family made their home at Coon Rapids, where they farmed. In 1969 they moved to Spencer, where Ace worked for the ASCS (Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service) office until his retirement in 1983. Ace and Isabelle then moved to Carroll. Isabelle died June 6, 2004. In May 2010, Ace moved into Park View Assisted Living in Coon Rapids.

In November 2011, Ace became a resident of Thomas Rest Haven in Coon Rapids.

Ace was a member of United Methodist Church, a 64-year member of the American Legion and was a member of Charity Lodge 197, AF & AM. Throughout the years, he enjoyed woodworking, working on the farm, traveling and going on annual fishing trips with his sons, grandsons and great-grandson. Making the rounds to visit family and friends was very important to him.

He is survived by his three sons, Ronnie Parker and wife Jean of Omaha, Neb.; Dr. John Parker and wife Becky of Adel; and Dr. Longley Parker and wife Julie of Estes Park, Colo.; and a daughter Elizabeth Mills and husband Jeff of Des Moines; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother Jerry Parker and wife Dorothy of Las Vegas, Nev.; a sister Polly Blass and husband Lonnie of Casey; and by other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and a sister Mary Dot Wibel.