Military veteran

Louis A. Parker, 80, of Grayslake, Ill., died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011.

He was born June 18, 1930, in Detroit, Mich. He and Shirley D. McLaughlin were married in 1956.

He spent the majority of his life as a resident of Licking, where he graduated from high school in 1948 as class president.

He was an active member of the Licking United Methodist Church. He enjoyed singing in the choir until his later years, working on church repairs and construction and serving on the administrative board. During his last few years in Licking, he and his wife attended Raymondville United Methodist Church.

He was an active board member of the Texas County Food Pantry.

He was an Army veteran. He was stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., from 1948-‘49 as a military police officer. He was called back again in 1950-’51 during the Korean War, when he was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood.

He worked at the Licking Post Office for 32 years from 1953-’85. He was the postmaster the final 14 years. He previously worked for his father, H.O. Parker, in the family furniture store business in Licking.

He enjoyed singing, exploring caves, flying small engine planes, fishing and farming.

He moved to Grayslake, Ill., following the birth of his granddaughter, Rachel, in 2006. He and his wife transferred church memberships to Libertyville Untied Methodist Church in Libertyville, Ill.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Shirley of the home; a daughter, Linda; a granddaughter; a sister, Betty Dunlap of Licking; and a brother, Donald Parker of Victoria, Texas.

Memorial services are 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16, at Fox Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Licking Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Texas County Food Pantry. Online condolences may be made at

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