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Curtis D Parker

Born: Wed., Aug. 11, 1954
Died: Tue., Mar. 17, 2020


Family to do services at later date


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Curtis D. Parker, a well-known beloved associate of Parker Ace Hardware and long-time resident of Sault Sainte Marie, MI passed unexpectedly with his wife and family at his side on March 17, 2020 at the age of 65.

Curt was born August 11, 1954 in Big Rapids, Michigan and moved to Sault Sainte Marie Michigan his Senior year of high school when his father began the family business of Parker Hardware.  He resided in Marquette MI as a steel worker then worked on a maritime boat out of Traverse City, Michigan.  He began working at the hardware store in 1976 where he was part of the management team. Curt enjoyed golf with his golf buddies, the Legends of the Fairway (Timmy, Ski, Lee and Ralphie) every Monday for the past 40 years.  He also loved bowling and participating in many bowling tournaments.  His infectious smile and laughter that we all loved will be greatly missed by many.

Curt is survived by his wife, Teresa “Lynn” Parker (née Beard); his father-in-law and mother -in-law, Gary M. (Kathy) Beard, mother-in-law Patricia Russell; his blended family of five sons;  son and daughter-in-law, Matthew (Abbie) Parker; step-sons; Ryan Gerdes, Joshua Gerdes, Jeffrey Beard and Patrick Beard; his five brothers, Gary and (Donna) Parker, Ross and (Laurie) Parker, Scott and (Bernie) Parker, Cory and (Dawn) Parker, Todd and (Valerie) Parker; his grandchildren, DeShawn, Lillian “Lily”, Isabella “Bella”, Story, Raigen, Amelia, IveyLynn, Colton, Emmalynn, Nathan, and Everlee; many nieces and nephews; and his many 1972 Big Rapids high school classmates whom he loved dearly.  He is preceded in death by his father Warren, his mother Beverley, his sister Cheryl, and his grandparents.

A memorial service and Celebration of Life for family and friends with burial at Oaklawn Chapel Gardens will be held at a later date when larger gatherings are safe from the current nation’s virus situation.  Should you wish to be notified of this family and friends gathering to share memories of his life, please provide your contact email for notification at https://forms.gle/KemGFFQ1KqWiTLad7

Contributions in memory of Curt may be made to the American Heart Association https://www2.heart.org/site/SPageNavigator/donatenow_legacy.html&s_src=20U2W1EEMM&sub_src=main_nav_memorial_link.  Clark Bailey Newhouse Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be left at www.clarkbaileynewhouse.com

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Loretta (Mohr) Kramer
   Posted Thu March 19, 2020
I think most of Curt’s Class of ‘72 classmates will smile when they think of him. Curt was one of those guys that was just fun to know. To his family, please accept my condolences

Rich James
   Posted Thu March 19, 2020
Curt always made me laugh and was a great friend. So sorry to hear the news of his passing.

Tony Clark
   Posted Thu March 19, 2020
Curt was a long time member and President of the USBC bowling organisation. He had many friends and associations at the Don Dee bowling house.
I was fortunate to call him a friend. He introduced Lisa (Robbins) and I, and now we are married. I cannot/have not, thanked him enough for this.
You will be missed by many my friend.

Kevin Mayer
   Posted Thu March 19, 2020
My condolences to the whole family, I will miss discussing politics with Curt on my stops at the store...RIP Curt.

Marv & Charlene DeWitt
   Posted Fri March 20, 2020
We are so sorry for your families loss. Curt will be sorely missed in this community. His jovial nature whenever encountered would brighten anyone’s day. May the family fine peace. GOD bless, RIP

GARY M BEARD OR KATHERINE J. BEARD
   Posted Fri March 20, 2020
Curt will be missed by all of us who knew him. He had a ready smile and a persona that
made you feel at ease.

We toast your life with a song and a dance for we will meet again on the other side
of The Rainbow Bridge.

Love,
Dad and Momma Kat

Rick Bertram
   Posted Fri March 20, 2020
Curt was a cool dude that fit in as a Blue Devil quickly in his Senior year, and coming from another town. I always stopped in to see him when I was in the Soo. May he rest in Peace. We'll miss you Curt.

Ben and Sharon Jones
   Posted Fri March 20, 2020
We'll miss seeing Curt in the store. He was so helpful and always had a smile. Our condolences to his family. Ben and Sharon Jones

Cindy Baldwin
   Posted Sun March 22, 2020
We are so sad to here of Curts passing. Sending all our love and prayers at this difficult time. 🙏🏻❤️

Lawrence Gilbert
   Posted Sun March 22, 2020
I'm so sorry for your loss. Curt was as much friend as "Ace Helper" when in need of anything. Never complaining, always helping. I will always miss him. Larry

Scott Giammona
   Posted Tue March 24, 2020
Curt was one of my favorite “Parker Boy” cousins…. He was 15 plus years our senior (brother and myself). However, the love shown through when his Aunt Judy Nantell/Giammona would bring us to Michigan during the 1980 summers to visit family in the “UP”. Curt would always find time to take us kids to have fun at a fair or other event. He would make sure we were having a good time and we did!!! My interpretation, Aunt Judy and Curt had a great relationship before she moved west and started a family. Curt was grateful for his Aunt Judy, and paid it forward…. As years have come and gone, we don’t stay in touch as often as we should, but we never forget our Michigander family. Curt, you will truly be missed. Many prayers and positive thoughts are with you!

Dave and Adrienne Beckham
   Posted Wed March 25, 2020
We are so sorry to hear about Curt. He was always upbeat and very helpful when we were in the store. Curt will be missed by many in our community. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

Phil Becker
   Posted Wed April 01, 2020
My sincere condolences to your family. I didn’t know Curt personally but always enjoyed interactions with him when he would help me at the hardware. I know the Parker family legacy he was a part of and I pray for God’s peace and comfort at your time of loss.


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