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William Parker

Alton |

William E. “Bill” Parker, 84, died at 11:20 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2022, in Godfrey.  He was born July 20, 1938, in Alton the son of the late William E. and Elizabeth (Burcham) Parker, Sr. 

Bill served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church. He loved to play golf, chess, racquetball, and handball, but most of all enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Bill retired after 38 years as an electrician with IBEW Local 649.  He also served for several years as an assistant Business Agent of local 649.   Following retirement, Bill was employed as an electrical inspector for the City of Alton.  He also served as an Alderman for the Second Ward.   

On December 5, 1964, in Alton, he married Rita Peters, and she survives. 

Also, surviving are three sons, Brian Parker of Sun Prairie, WI, Peter Parker (Peggy) of Glendale, MO, and Tim Parker of Palm Desert, CA, and four grandchildren, Drake Parker, Jack Parker, Luisa Parker, Emma Parker, and his beloved dog, Sadie.   One brother, James Richard Parker of Wood River, and three sisters, Elizabeth Parker of Godfrey, Joan Haasis of Phoenix, AZ, and Theresa Smith of Port St. Lucie, FL. 

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Jane LaBrot. 

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 28, 2022, at Gent Funeral Home in Alton.  A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 29, 2022, at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Alton.  Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Godfrey.  Father Jeff Holtman will officiate. 

Memorials may be made to SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church or The American Lung Association. Additional information and an online guest book may be found at www.gentfuneralhome.com  


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