Gary L. Parker passed into eternal life on June 24, surrounded by his loving family at Marley House Hospice in Prescott, Ariz.
The son of Juanita (Thornton) and Clarence Parker, he was born in Maumee in 1937 and lived there for 58 years. He never planned to leave – until he got hooked on the West. He and his high school sweetheart, wife of 58 years Delia (Humphrey) Parker, ended up moving to Prescott, Ariz., in 1996. He “LOVED Prescott!” and liked to give tours to visitors when they came out to see him. Maybe he was a “cowboy” in his heart.
Gary graduated in 1955 from Maumee High School, where he played in the band for a few years, and also attended Bowling Green State University. He was a veteran of the Army National Guard, stationed in Kentucky and South Carolina, and worked for seven years at Pyrofax LP Gas Company. He retired from Champion Spark Plug in 1991, after 34 years. Gary loved yard work and watching the Indianapolis 500 every May. He was a lifetime member of the Elks and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Prescott. Gary enjoyed his family, hiking and in earlier years, biking. He and Delia volunteered for “Horses With Heart” for seven years and enjoyed visits with her horse, Nick. He was a Little League coach in Maumee in the late 1970s. He loved traveling and crisscrossed the United States many times, going back to Ohio twice a year. Gary always had a cute or “corny” joke for all he came in contact with, and will be sorely missed by all.
In addition to his wife, Delia, he leaves a daughter, Traci (Jeff) Frankart, of Maumee; son Steve (Theresa) Parker, of Carson, Calif.; brother, Gene (Joette) Parker, of Perrysburg; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many beloved in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Tari Lussier.
Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, September 18 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Maumee, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Mass of Resurrection at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Gary was a kidney dialysis patient for more than 13 years, so in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, a local humane society or a charity of the donor’s choice.
The family thanks everyone for all the prayers and kindnesses, especially all at DaVita Dialysis Clinic, Good Samaritan Hospice and Marley House, during Gary’s long illnesses, recently and over the past years.
Naomi L. Britton, age 91, of Waterville, passed away on Wednesday, September 4.
Born in Rossford on June 23, 1927 to Harley and Anna Lentz, she was a member of the Triune Chapter 344, OES and Maumee United Methodist Church for 60 years, previous president of Scottish Rite Ladies and on the Advisory Board for Rainbow Girls.
Mrs. Britton is survived by her son, Dennis (Pamela) Britton; grandchildren, Dana and Shandon and their families; daughter, Heidi (Jim) Day; grandson, Jimmy; adopted son, Brian (Pat) Hollabaugh and family; and sister, Violet Lark. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald; brother, Harley, Jr.; and brother-in-law, Edward.
Graveside services were private. A memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 15 at Maumee United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to Maumee United Methodist Church, Heartland Hospice or a charity of the donor’s choice.
James Billy-Bruce Adams, age 79, of Maumee, passed away on Saturday, September 8, from injuries sustained in a fall.
Born in Athens, Ala., on July 5, 1939 to Jesse and Evia Adams, he served in the U.S. Air Force as an Airman First Class and retired in 1993 from the Toledo Fire Department after 29 years. Mr. Adams loved to be outdoors, walking at Side Cut Metropark, cooking his mom’s recipes and spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia; children, Greg (Mignon) Adams, of Maumee, Shelly (Greg) Gilbert, of Findlay, and Brett (Cynthia) Adams, of Maumee; grandchildren, Madison Jimison, Blake Adams, Eric Gilbert, Erin Gilbert, Adam Gilbert, Jessica (Chris) Keeler, Ashley (Todd) Jones and Tyler Adams; four great-grandchildren; and brothers, Jess (Norma) and Jeff (Mary).
Family and friends will be received from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 13 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where a celebration of life service will be conducted with Last Alarm Services at 5:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the Toledo Firefighter Museum.