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ARTHUR B. PARKER, JR.
October 21, 1944 ~ January 12, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Arthur “Art” B. Parker Jr., 79, went home to his Lord and Savior on Friday, January 12, at Kettering Medical Center Kettering, Ohio, surrounded by his loving family. Art was born October 21, 1944, in Union City, Indiana, to the late Arthur B. Parker Sr. and Mary Jean Parker (nee Gilllespie). Art was married to his wonderful, hardworking wife Nancy Isabel Arens on June 17, 1967. Nancy preceded him in death on September 5, 2009, after a long, hard fought battle with cancer.
Art is survived by his loving son Arthur “Artie” B. (Robyn) Parker III; and by his loving daughter Mary B. (Shaun) Thurston. Art is also survived by his grandchildren, Jenna, Corryn “Ryn”, Julia, and Jack. He is also survived by his sister, Bonnie Breymaier (nee Parker) of Van Wert; and his brother, Clark Parker of Dayton. He was preceded in death by a sister Aleene (nee Parker) Cromwell.
Art attended most of his school days in Greenville and was a 1962 graduate of Celina High School. He worked many jobs including Coles Meat Market and Huffy Bicycle Corporation. As a student, he enjoyed running, roller skating, fishing, and hunting. In 1965, Art enlisted and for six years, he served his country honorably beginning in the United States Army and ending in the Ohio National Guard Battery C 1st Howitzer Battalion 136th Artillery as an assistant gunner and medic. Art was a long-time member of Piqua Christian Church. Art was also a member of the Piqua Antique Car Club, Miami Valley Cruisers car club, and the Wheelmen Bicycle Club of Dayton. Art met Nancy during their childhood and helped Nancy's parents, William “Bill” and Belva Arens with “Bill Arens and Miss Nancy’s Kiddie Rides”. Soon after Art and Nancy were married, they opened Parker’s Bait Shop, and later Parker’s Sport Shop and finally Parker’s Trailers. Art and Nancy enjoyed the traveling required to purchase and pick up prefabbed trailers around the country while stopping at flea markets and dealers to collect Native American and carousel horse type antiques. Art was a master at making fishing lures, fixing bicycles and mopeds, and designing and fabricating custom trailers, but what he loved most was talking to his customers. Art has always enjoyed searching for arrowheads, hunting morel mushrooms, and attending The Great Darke County Fair. Art will be missed greatly by his family and friends.
A graveside service to honor his life will begin at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at Greenville Union Cemetery with Rev. David Fishback officiating. Full military honors will be provided by the Veterans Elite Tribute Squad. Art will be laid to rest at the Greenville Union Cemetery alongside of Nancy, Belva and William. Art’s family would like to express gratitude for the compassion and assistance of those who helped in their time of need; your kindness will be long remembered. If desired, please consider making a memorial contribution to the heroes of the Piqua Fire Department, 229 W. Water St. Piqua, OH 45356 or the Piqua Christian Church/Piqua Community Kitchen 3969 State Route 185, Piqua, OH 45356. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy, to be provided to the family, may be expressed through jamiesonandyannucci.com