Thursday, July 21, 2016

Obit of Dwain Parker

GIBSON CITY — Dwain Parker, 90, a former Gibson City and Paxton resident, died on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in McAllen, Texas.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City. Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m. prior to the services.
Mr. Parker was the son of Ralph and May Parker, both deceased. He and Dorla were married in 1950.
He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Joan, Janice (Greg) Greaf and Joy (Vince) Slisz; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters and one great-grandson, Jordon.
Mr. Parker was proud to be a World War II veteran who served in the Navy as a medic attached to the Seabees. He was employed for many years by CIPS. He and his wife owned and operated Parkers Cleaners for 10 years.
Mr. Parker was a 66-year member of the Masonic Lodge and a longtime Shriner. He helped found the Corn Belt Shrine Clowns in Gibson City in 1981.
In Texas, he continued clowning and to work for children by driving vans from the Mexican border to Houston and Galveston Shriners Hospitals for Children to see their doctors for treatment.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, he requested memorials be sent to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707-3392.
Note: Parkers owned and operated "Parker's Cleaners" in Chatsworth.

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