Obituary for Dr. George F. Parker

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Dr. George F. Parker

Died: June 25, 2017

Dr. George F. Parker, age 98, passed away on Sunday morning, June 25, 2017 at the Morning Pointe Assisted Living Community in Franklin. He was a resident of Morgan County and former resident of Indianapolis.He was born in 1918, in Terre Haute, to his parents, the late George Faisal and Susie Friejie Parker. George graduated from Wiley High School in 1936. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Indiana University in 1940 and his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati Medical School in 1943. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army as a Captain.During his medical training, he fell in love and married Dorothy Rose “Dotty” Matre in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 7, 1945. Together they settled in Indianapolis where he practiced pediatrics and pediatric allergy from 1948 to 1990. They raised a family of nine children and were long time parishioners of St. Therese, Little Flower Catholic Church. They are now members of the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Nashville.George will be remembered by his family and friends as a devoted husband, loving father and a great friend. During his professional career, he accomplished many things that need to be highlighted. He was the president of Lambda Chi Fraternity at IU and Phi Chi Professional Fraternity, former chairman of the Indiana State Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics, one of the founding doctors of Community Hospital, first director of Medical Education for Community Hospital, established the Family Medicine Residency at Community Hospital and founded Community Hospitals Association of Retired Physicians.Other accomplishments include: Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at IU School of Medicine, Director of Marion Co. Medical Society and Alternate Director of Indiana State Medical Association, team physician at Scecina, Arlington and Indian Creek High Schools over the years, 1995 Indiana Tree Farmer of the Year and Charles Deam Forestry Stewardship Award, and in 1991 he was inducted into the Community Hospital Fellowship of Distinguished Physicians.George enjoyed spending time with family, farming, raising cattle and forestry.He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Dotty; sister, Esther Laham of Indianapolis; children, George “Geep” (Sue) Parker of Los Angeles, CA, Thom Parker of Elk City, ID, John (Carol) Parker of Indianapolis, Ted (Patty) Parker and Chris (Susan) Parker both of Morgantown, Dr. Michael (Jane) Parker of Indianapolis, Jane (Greg) Smith of Bloomington and David (Beth) Parker of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; grandchildren, Dr. Bryn Parker (Eric Hake), Caitlin, Kaleb, Eli, Daniel and Lara Parker, Daniel (Katie) Beasley, Clare and Seth Parker, Julia, Georgia, Josh and Anya Smith, Christian, Jackson, Harrison and Nathan Parker; great grandchild, Ellie Rose Parker Hake.George was preceded in death by a son, Daniel F. Parker; and siblings, Dr. John Parker and Edna Kamees.The family wishes to thank Dr. Michael Barron of Indiana Heart Physicians for his kind and compassionate care. They also wish to thank everyone at St. Francis Hospice, especially our Dad’s nurse, Candace.  She is not only an outstanding nurse, but a wonderful, caring person who became a trusted friend.The family would also like to thank the staff and caregivers of Morning Pointe of Franklin, IN. The family appreciates your kindness and care.Father Eric Augenstein will conduct a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1008 McLary Road in Nashville. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Meredith – Clark Funeral Home, 179 E. Mulberry St. in Morgantown. Burial with military rites will be on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Indianapolis.Memorial Contributions can be sent in honor of George to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.Condolences to the Parker family can be made at 812-597-4670




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Date: Friday, June 30, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meredith - Clark Funeral Home


179 E. Mulberry Street, Morgantown, IN, 46160

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Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017

Time: 10:00 am

St. Agnes Catholic Church


1008 McLary Road, Nashville, IN, 47448

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Joan Thomas posted on 7/27/17

Dr. Parker was one fantastic doctor. My son had severe allergies and I truly believe he saved my son's life. My son had a fear of doctors, but he loved seeing Dr. Parker. Dr. Parker had such a love for children and it showed. May he rest in peace


Trish Meno Bryan posted on 6/27/17

So sorry for your loss. Thought the world of your parents. Prayers for all of you.


Billie (Mrs. Walter) Wintin posted on 6/27/17

:Our family lived in Indianapolis in the 1960s. Dr. George Parker was our favorite pnysician during our time there. We came to know him well in the five years we were there since we had three sons and a family history of allergies. A favorite memory of ours is from time Dr. Parker was checking our 4 year old for an ear problem. The nurse, my husband, and I were trying to hold our little one still so he could be checked. He was screaming as at the top of his lungs. All the while, the good doctor was loudly singing a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta song, "A wandering minstrel I, a thing of shreds and tatters. . ." When the exam was finished he smiled and said "There's no extra charge for the music." It was just what we all needed at the time. If you were his patients at that office, you were treated like part of their family. His memory is a part of our family history.


Teresa Woods posted on 6/27/17

My thoughts and prayers are with the family.


Janet Ratliff Sichting posted on 6/30/17

I am so sorry to hear of Docs passing. When we heard the name 'Doc', we knew who our Dad (Melvin Ratliff) was talking about. Our Dad did work at their house from time to time. I especially remember the little beach that was fixed by the lake so we could swim sometimes. Lots of happy memories. Praying for the entire Parker family.


Mary McAteer, MD posted on 6/30/17

Dear Dr. Parker's family, Please accept my heartfelt condolences. I was able to spend a month of pediatric residency with Dr. Parker in his Emerson office. I remember the time very fondly, especially the way he approached everyone with kindness and a gentle humor that allowed families the piece of mind so necessary in delivering good medical care. He was a fantastic teacher, I tried throughout my career to be like him. I remember Mike at Purdue as we studied premed and especially Jane from Riley during my training and now as a nurse practitioner.


John & Stephanie Walker posted on 7/1/17

Sending love and prayers to the entire Parker family.


Steve Gatto posted on 6/29/17

I am so sorry for the loss of your father.I have known the Parker family since the late 60's. I went to high school with John and we are still best of friends. My thoughts and prayers to all of you.


Max, Linda & Max Jr. Woodbury posted on 6/29/17

We enjoyed many years with Dr. Parker. We send our deepest regrets at your loss. Our office staff is thinking of your family. Regards, Max Woodbury CPA, LLC


GERRY & JAMIE kILANDER posted on 6/28/17

PARKER FAMILY Our 3 boys Mike, Chris and Steve were patients of Dr Parker. Chris, our middle son now 45 was a patient of Janes in the Riley ER. Chris has had 3 kidney transplants and long after Chris no longer saw Dr. Parker as a patient I would stop to see Dr. Parker because he was so interested in Chris's case. It sometimes got embarrassing because Dr would stop everything he was doing to get the latest update on Chris. I am so sorry I didn't continue updating Dr as he would have been thrilled to know Chris is doing well and now owns a successful coffee shop downtown off of Mass Ave. Son Mike along with Phil Kenney took a lot of fish out of your pond. Our prayers are with you in remembering this great man Gerry Kilander


Judie (Fox) King posted on 6/29/17


Jane Hartnett Henry posted on 6/28/17

We are so sorry to hear of your father's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Jane Henry & Gary Mayo


Janet Fox Madsen posted on 7/27/17

My siblings and I all have fond memories of Dr. Parker from our earliest childhood. He was always there to make us better, either in his office or with house calls. As an adult, I was pleasantly surprised to see him as my allergist. What a wonderful life he has lived and what a beautiful legacy he has left. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family. I know he will be missed.


Katie Kenney Malarney posted on 6/27/17

To quote my sister Sheila, "heaven just got smarter." Dr. Parker saved my life on more than one occasion, and at the same time made me feel safe - like nothing bad would happen. Just how a great pediatrician should make his patient feel. In addition, we got a few good family dogs from him - Hotspur's offspring? Thank you for sharing your dad with all of us! Love, Katie (Kenney) Malarney