Joplin, MO

Edward Parker

On January 27, 2023, Edward Douglas Parker, age 70, peacefully passed away in his Neodesha home with his son at his side. Born to Marguerite and Wayne Parker on May 17, 1952, Ed is survived by his siblings Dena (Steve) Duke, Don Parker (Antoinette Anstadt), and Susan (Stuart) Lehrman. He is preceded in death by his wife of 22 years, Mary Ann Parker (2021). Ed was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and grandparent. Ed’s most tremendous honor was being Papa to Parker and Madie McClanahan of Neodesha, Kansas; fiercely devoted, their love carried Ed through to the end.

Ed’s gentle and loving nature included creatures big and small (just not squirrels). He leaves a legacy of loving-kindness to all, which his beloved cat Alex/Felix repaid by keeping a vigil that included full inspection of Ozark Memorial’s vehicle before Ed left his Neodesha home for his final resting place. Ed’s famous last words, “I told the damn doctor I was sick!” exemplifies his ability to find humor in any situation. His quick wit, gift for storytelling, and ability to uncover every historical inaccuracy in any movie will be sorely missed.

In honor of Ed’s wishes, there will be no formal funeral service; he suggested a beer party to celebrate his life. The family would like to express gratitude to the following individuals for their support and guidance: Tabor, Shayla, and Jacob of Four County; Stacy of Hometown Hospice; Dr. Moorhead; Paula Wells and Porter Pharmacy, as well as The Bilyeu, Dodson, and Vail Families among many others of Neodesha who provided comfort and peace during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Ed Parker Memorial Fund, which will support Parker and Madie’s needs following their tremendous loss.