Glen William Parker

1945 - 2021

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Glen William Parker, 75, passed away at home on February 8th, 2021. He was born in Findlay, Ohio, on April 26, 1945, to the late Hellen Mary (Huffman) Parker and Francis Purcil Parker. He was twice married and divorced, first to Ruth Elaine Black and to Veronica Kay Wagner (Grubb). Glen grew up on his family farm, north of Vanlue, where he helped his father farm and care for over four dozen ponies. When not fixing fences, Glen was an active athlete and all conference football player. Farming was a passion for Glen as he continued to maintain the family farm from his early days, through his father’s passing in 1970 and his mother’s passing in 1989, up to the present day. While no long raising livestock, Glen could be found tinkering with his beloved Alice Chalmers D17, mowing the entire ditchbank in his lawn tractor, or poking around his woods. Graduating from Vanlue High School in 1963, Glen spent one year at Bluffton College before joining Garwood Industries. There he worked in production and maintenance before joining Ohio Bell Telephone Company where he worked for over a decade. Finally, Glen worked for several trucking companies before retiring from Linde in Fostoria, hauling liquid oxygen, argon, and nitrogen to hospitals and manufacturing plants all over Ohio. Glen was a devoted father, first to his eldest son Michael David Parker (1971-1974), and later to his two sons from his second marriage, David and RJ. In addition to his two children, Glen was absolutely bewitched by his granddaughter, Lulu, who could do no wrong, and should absolutely be given all the sugar and candy in the house. Glen also stood in for Santa Claus to answer thousands of children’s requests for the Fostoria Rail Preservation Society, where he delighted in introducing children to the magic of Christmas. Glen is survived by sons David William (Nichole) Parker of Rock Island, Illinois, and Robert Joseph (Emily) Parker of Findlay, Ohio, one granddaughter Lux Lucille (Lulu) Parker, one grandchild on the way, as well as a sister Doris Decker, Findlay, niece Debbie Decker of Osseo, Wisconsin, and nephews Brad Decker of and Chris Decker both of Arcadia, and many great- and great-great nieces and nephews. In addition, Glen is survived by countless round tables in restaurants from Fostoria to Bucyrus to Findlay where he could be found digesting the news of the day alongside the daily special. Glen was preceded in death by his parents, Francis Purcil and Helen Mary Parker, and son Michael David Parker. An avid fan of genealogy, Glen could not only recite the names and spouses of each of his dozens of cousins, he could remember details about their lives, down to the names of their hunting dogs. When asked how he knew a casual acquaintance or why he voted for a particular township trustee, Glen would inevitably state “he’s a cousin” and leave the conversation at that. Glen was also a recovering alcoholic, practicing sobriety since 1994. He took great pride in his sobriety and worked with the organization to help men and women recover their dignity, pride, and self-worth through the 12 step program. Never wanting to force the program on others, he urged them to learn from his example and reach out for a helping hand when times get tough. Prior to the Covid lockdowns, Glen’s time was spent watching high school athletes in Volleyball, Basketball, Football, and Baseball. If he didn’t know you, or your parents, Glen could always recall a passing conversation with your grandparents at a county fair or livestock auction. Glen also was a true fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, and the Ohio State Buckeyes and took great pride in recalling the time Woody Hayes coached, including Hayes punching a Clemson player in 1979. Visitation will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Friday, February 12, 2021 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 13, 2021, at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay. Pastor Josh Cravens will be officiating. Burial will follow at Van Horn Cemetery. Finally, his sons would like anyone reading this to know that he was the absolute best dad and grandfather and will be missed terribly. Arrangements have been entrusted to Coldren-Crates Funeral Home and online condolences can be shared with the family by visiting

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Friday, February 12th 2021 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Saturday, February 13th 2021 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Van Horn Cemetery [Map]
    Twp Rd 190
    Amanda Twp., Ohio 45890

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To : Parker Family
Date :Wednesday, February 10th 2021
From : Mindy Prater Boyd
I was saddened by the sudden passing of Parker. I am truly sorry for your loss. He was such a happy go lucky man. He put many smiles on my face talking about my Grandparents and parents. I could always count on hearing a joke when I would see him. He will be missed by so many people in Vanlue and surrounding areas.

Mindy (Prater) Boyd

To : The Parker family
Date :Wednesday, February 10th 2021
From : David J Roberts Sr
You all have my deepest sympathy for the passing of your father grandfather, great grandfather, great, great grandfather and uncle,great uncle and great,great uncle! I met Parker(all I ever new him by)8 years ago when I started working at the grain elevator at corn and bean harvest season. Boy when he found out I was from Arcadia hot damn you'd thought we grew up together! He made my working at the elevator a joy! He will be remembered for all good and laughter he brought into this local community!
May He rest in peace

To : To the Parker Family
Date :Wednesday, February 10th 2021
From : pamela marvin lim
Parker knew my parents Gerald and Fran and my brother Terry and my sister Paula and I. I went to Vanlue up until my freshman year then I was at Arcadia in Brad Deckers class. I worked at Wilsons from 2006 until I moved to Florida in 2013 and the first time Parker came in after I started he come up and hugged me and gave me a kiss on the cheek and at first I was like whoa who are you cause I hadnt seen him in sometime and didnt really remember him.He told me who he was and he would always give me a hug and a kiss on the cheek every time he came in. He will be missed. Sorry for your loss. You all have my thoughts and prayers

To : Veronica Parker and Rj and David Parker
Date :Thursday, February 11th 2021
From : From Aunt Sam and Tim Pethe
We were sad to hear of Glens passing It was always interesting talking to Glen we will miss him also Aunt Sam and Tim.

To : David and RJ Parker and Doris Decker
Date :Thursday, February 11th 2021
From : Marilyn and John Eyster
Glen was a wonderful playmate growing up as cousins together. Glen, Doris, and I had many pony rides over the years. I remember the time Glen was visiting and he and I decided to play gas station filling up many tin cans with gasoline from the large storage tank in the shed until Mom came out and found us. He always reminded me of the day we were riding ponies together and the pony I was riding reared up and fell backwards on top of me. He was so proud of his sons and bragged about them every time we saw him. We will miss him.

To : The Parker Family
Date :Thursday, February 11th 2021
From : Juanita and Fred Nye
Have known Glen since school days. We were approx.8 years older. Glen and Doris rode our school bus. He will be known as one of the good fun luving guys.

To : The Parker Family
Date :Thursday, February 11th 2021
From : Patsy and Darrell Beard
Was really saddened to hear of the loss of Glen; he was such a good friend to me and my husband--my husband worked with him at Ohio Bell They used to reminice on the phone all the time about the past and working together. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Just cherish all those great memories of him; God be with you at this time.He's flying high with the angels now and watching over you all!!

To : family of Glen Parker
Date :Friday, February 12th 2021
From : Laurie Rivera
I'm sorry to hear of Glen's passing. He was very interesting to talk to and we enjoyed many conversations over the years. Like his obituary implied, he even knew my great-grandmother and told me things about her that I didn't know. I met him in the 80's. I got busy these last few years and moved up north and lost touch with him. With the COVID, I haven't been able to visit in Ohio. I'm sorry for your loss. He was a great guy.

To : The Parker family
Date :Saturday, February 13th 2021
From : Ilene Fruth
I was deeply saddened to learn of Glen's passing. He and Doris and I had been friends since childhood. Purcil and my father and Tom Roller harvested corn together. Purcil drove the corn picker, and my dad and Tom unloaded the corn. After harvest was completedl, we had a big harvest dinner for our families. We also grew up in the same church. I last talked to Glen at the restaurant in Vanlue after his blood sugar had gone too low, and he was sitting there until it came back up. He always had a story to tell or a memory that we shared. I will miss him, as I know you will. May God comfort you in your sorrow.

To : Glen's Family
Date :Sunday, February 14th 2021
From : The Gonyas
We were very sorry to hear of Glen's passing. He was an amazing and kind man, and loved by many. God bless

To : Glen Parker Family
Date :Sunday, February 14th 2021
From : Gerry Barb Epley
Dear family: We will sincerely miss your Dad. He sure knew how to press your buttons; but we wouldn't have wanted him any other way. He was good about phoning us & keeping in contact. Sorry for your loss; by the way, he was awful proud of that granddaughter!