Robert Howard Parker was born October 8, 1959, in Camden, New Jersey. His parents were Willie Lee Parker and Ella Melba (Branch) Parker. Robert spent his early life in Winslow Township in New Jersey.
After his parents passed away when he was 5 years old, he moved to Sicklerville, New Jersey, where his oldest sister Patt raised Robert and his eight siblings. Robert attended Edgewood High School in Sicklerville, New Jersey, where he excelled in academics and sports. He was the first African-American quarterback on his high school football team. In 1978, he graduated from Edgewood High School. He received a full scholarship to Howard University.
After leaving Howard University, Robert joined the Navy. He then moved to California to work with his brother William as a security guard. Robert then attended a year-long ministry, which brought him closer to God. After leaving the ministry, he worked as a waiter at the Cedar Crest Resort in the Sierra Mountains. While there, Robert met his soon to be wife, Amy Johnson. Soon after, he moved to Shenandoah, Iowa.
On June 14, 1997, Robert and Amy were united in marriage. To this union were born four daughters: Serena, Jaslynn, Mia and Aliyah.
In Shenandoah, Robert worked at the Earl May Distribution Center, Pella Corporation, Double L Restaurant, Miller Building Supply, McLaren Tree Farm and Eaton Corporation. Robert assisted with the bus ministry at the Assembly of God Church. He acted in two plays at the Southwest Iowa Theatre Group; "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Man of La Mancha." He most recently attended the Congregational Church. Robert loved spending time with his family and would jump at the opportunity to brag about his family. He loved sports and was always so excited to watch and cheer for his daughters and their teams. He enjoyed making meals for family and friends. He loved fishing, camping, doing yard work, especially for the older people of the community and being outdoors. He always said he felt closer to God when he was outdoors. Robert was a loving family man and will be missed dearly by all who were blessed to have known him.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents Ella Melba and Willie Parker, siblings Aletha Wright, Willa Mae Gould, William Lee Parker and mother-in-law Connie Butcher.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Amy Parker, daughters; Serena, Jaslynn, Mia and Aliyah Parker, siblings; Patricia Parker, Alvin, Parker, Larry Parker, Carole Parker, Kenneth Parker and Tina Parker, father-in-law; Parker Butcher, host of nieces, nephews, other family and countless friends.
Celebration of life memorial service will be held 1:00 pm, Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Shenandoah High School Gymnasium.
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