NORTH PLATTE -- Charles Clair Parker, 82, died Saturday (Feb. 12, 2005) at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte.
He was born Aug. 22, 1922, to Winfred A. and Mary A. Trotter Parker in Dickens. He grew up in the Dickens area. For a short time he worked in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a gunners mate on merchant vessels.
On Aug. 9, 1945, he married Maxine Children in McCook. The couple lived in a variety of places in the United States building grain elevators. They settled in North Platte in 1947. He started working in 1947 at the Union Pacific Railroad as a fireman/oiler, retiring in 1982.
He was a lifetime member of the VFW, Union Pacific Railroad Oldtimers No. 8, acting as treasurer for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, on Nov. 7, 2003; and two brothers, William and Phillip.
Services are Wednesday, 2 p.m., at Adams and Swanson Chapel in North Platte with the Rev. Cathy Cole officiating. Interment will be at Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens.
Visitation is today and Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m., and with the family receiving friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.
Memorials may be given to the Special Olympics.
Adams and Swanson Funeral Home of North Platte is in charge of the arrangements.