Gregory Parker

Gregory Dean Parker Sr.

Thursday, January 30th, 1947 - Monday, July 27th, 2020
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It is with broken hearts and great sadness that we share that our father, brother, uncle, family member and friend passed away at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital on Monday, July 27, 2020.
He was born on January 30, 1947 to Horace Greeley and Hazel Louise Parker in Battle Creek.
He attended Battle Creek Public Schools, graduating from Battle Creek Central High School. Following graduation, he entered the United States Marine Corp from 1965-1968, serving as a Jet Engine Mechanic and attaining rank of Sergeant before being honorably discharged with several medals and honors.
When he returned home, he married and raised a family. He was an employee of Post Cereals for 25 years and most recently enjoyed driving school bus for Dean Transportation.
Gregory enjoyed outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends; among the most fortunate them, he was known to make the world’s greatest goulash. He had a great sense of humor and quick wit. He was resourceful and always willing to lend a helping hand. Greg was a lifelong fan of the Detroit Lions and Tigers. He will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving son, father, brother, grandfather, friend and person.
Gregory is survived by brothers Serle (Jeanie) Parker of Minneapolis and Garland Parker of Grand Rapids; adoring daughters Dana Hardy of Battle Creek and Amber Parker of Phoenix; Granddaughters Savannah, Soleil and Selene Royal of Phoenix and Janiece Parker of Battle Creek. Also cherishing his memory are a multitude of nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother William “Lamont” Parker, son Gregory D. Parker, Jr. and granddaughter Amaia Hardy.
In accord with Greg’s wishes, cremation has taken place and he will be interred at a family plot in Albion at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baxter Funeral & Cremation Service.
Condolences, memories and messages may be left for the family at
We would love to be together in person with everyone, but out of deep respect for life and the safety and well-being of all, we will have a virtual memorial service that will be held on Saturday, August 8th at 3 pm. To attend, please download the free Zoom app, and enter Meeting ID: 862 4982 6371 and password: 521269. If you would like a memorial card commemorating Greg’s life, please email: with your name and address and one will be mailed to you.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Greg’s memory to a trust fund benefiting his granddaughters, c/o Janice Griffin, PO Box 451, Valparaiso, IN 46384.
The family wishes to extend their sincerest thanks to the staff at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital that cared for him, as well as everyone who has offered support to the family.
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Posted at 01:29pm
Greg was an awesome person. He always had a knack of finding the positive in every situation, and always had a way to lighten the mood. He will be missed by everyone who had the pleasure of working with him and will be greatly missed.

John Grap

Posted at 11:26am
I remember Greg, from the time we both worked at Washington Heights UMC/CM, as a good, strong, and big-hearted man. A great guy who loved the Lord. May he Rest In Peace with our Creator.

Sharon Norman

Posted at 09:23am
My heart will forever be broken! I will miss our morning greetings "Me: Good Morning, What's up ButterCup? You: Not much Hollywood!" Your humor, laughter, wit, and LOVE has definitely left a spot in our hearts. My little Bronson'Ray shares "Mr. Parker always let me get on his bus when Mom was picking me up!" Love you much My Friend, until we meet again! Thank-you for all the ink pens you provided me with over the years too! You seemed to always surprise me!

Doreen Webb

Posted at 04:22am
May the family find comfort in God’s promise at Revelation 21:3,4. “ God himself will be with them.
And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning
nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

Lee Helmer

Posted at 03:41pm
Very sorry for the loss of Mr. Parker. He was truly a valued employee of Dean Transportation and Battle Creek Public Schools. He will be greatly missed by all.

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