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Obituary: Robert Clarkston "Bob" Parker, Greenwood

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Robert Clarkston "Bob" Parker of Greenwood passed away peacefully on March 18, 2013, at the age of 82 years. He will be remembered as a loving son, husband, father and grandfather. He was born to Earl C. and Florence (Wiethoff) Parker on February 11, 1931, in Seymour, Indiana. He was a direct descendant of the original Quaker settlers of Sandcreek Township, Bartholomew County.

He graduated from Shields High School in Seymour in 1949 and was president of his high school class. He was active in Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. In 1953, he graduated from Indiana University School of Business. While at IU, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, serving as its treasurer. Following graduation, he served as a 1st lieutenant in the United States Air Force for two years as an aircraft controller. On June 16, 1957, he married Sandra "Sandi" Baker in Columbus, Indiana, with whom he spent 55 wonderful years.

Upon returning from military service, Bob was employed by Arvin Industries Inc. in Columbus, Indiana. In 1970, he joined Anderson Box Company and Inland Container Corporation in Indianapolis, Indiana. He retired from Inland in 1996. During retirement years, he and Sandi enjoyed traveling to many interesting destinations throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Bob was a member of Seymour Masonic Lodge, Indianapolis Valley of the Scottish Rite and American Legion Post No. 252. He was a past member of Mount Auburn United Methodist Church and Royal Oak Country Club (now Dye’s Walk) where he was an avid golfer, making clubs for himself, family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Sandi; two children, Molly Parker Shields (Tom) of Ozark, Missouri, and Dr. Andrew C. Parker (Jennifer) of Greenwood, Indiana; and five grandchildren, Andrew II, Mary Katherine, Alexander, Maxwell and Hope Parker.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice of charities.

Visitation and a celebration of Bob's life will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at G.H. Herrmann Greenwood Funeral Home, 1605 S. State Road 135, Greenwood, Indiana. A private family graveside service will be conducted by Pastor Mike Brown.

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