John L. Parker

john parker
Staff Sgt. John L. Parker II, 36, of Essexville, our cherished, devoted and honorable father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend went home to be with the Lord in the early morning of hours of Monday, January 6, 2014 at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland with his loving mother and family by his side. John was born in Bay City on December 17, 1977, the son of John L. and Marchelle “Marci” (Snyder) Parker. John was a graduate of Garber High School and would go on to proudly serve our country in the U.S. Army. Having served four deployments overseas, he was the recipient of the Army Commendation Medal (two awards), Army Good Conduct Medal (two awards), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with two campaign stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (with campaign star), Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (three awards), N.A.T.O. Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and the Expert Infantry Badge. John was a beautiful, loving and caring person. He never gave up and always remained strong minded. Always willing to help others, his memory will live on for generations to come. Left to miss him forever are his three beautiful children, John III, Myah and Shyanne; father and mother, John L. and Marchelle “Marci” Parker; siblings, Jennifer (Jesse Wolcott) Parker, Amy (Marcellus Dawkins) Nicholson and Curtis (Shelly Scherwin) Parker, along with his best friend, Dwight Murry. He was a loving uncle, nephew, cousin and friend to many. John was welcomed home to heaven by his wife, the former Melissa Hodgins; paternal grandparents, Dorothy Gamble and James Brown; maternal grandparents, Wilfred and Phoebe Snyder and uncle, Carey Griffin. John’s family will be present to receive visitors on Friday, January 17, 2014 from 1:00 PM until 8:00 PM and again on Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 10:00 AM until his 11:00 AM Funeral Ceremony at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. Pastor John H. Davis of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church will officiate with cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.

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  1. John, Marci, Jenny, Amy, Curtis and all family members:
    My most deepest and sincere sadness and condolences to each of you in John’s passing. He served his country proudly, and loved his children dearly, and he was someone I have known for 20 years. May God hold you all in his loving arms during this time of grief and loss. I am here 24/7 for anyone. Anything you may need, anytime, you know where to reach me. My love to all.
    Rose

  2. John, you were such a tough kid growing up. One of the best athletes I ever knew in since we were young. You would hit the ball a mile if you nailed it in the sweet spot and run over anyone that got in your way. I knew it was tough growing up but it seemed as if you got yournlife together after high school. I am truely sorry for the Parker family. I hope that the journey for John is great and when I met you again one day….we will haveto get a pick up game together and watch you hit those balls as far as you can.

  3. The family of Gary Sharp send their sincere sympathy, hugs, and prayers at this very difficult time……

  4. Like the flame of a candle, may the memory of your life shine brightly and serve as the light on your family’s path to find peace and comfort.

  5. Sending thoughts & prayers to the Parker family in your time of sorrow. May god give u strength & comfort at this time

  6. I remember when I first met you, you was just about 10 years old and you was the sweetest most kind little boy anyone could have. My kids just loved you. As they grew up they always asked about how you was doing. And my son when you spent some time with him and Brad he thought you was just so cool. You earned the respect from my son of being called Uncle John. You will be missed greatly missed John Parker. May God keep you safe until we all meet again. Love ya

  7. Dear John &Marci, sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine the pain in your hearts. I pray God will give you the comfort and guidance you will need . We are proud and thankful to your son for the commitment he made for his country. Our young men and women are experiencing more war then they should have to. Just know we are here for you and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers . Dave and Marian Schatzer

  8. John and Marci and family – Our deepest condolences in the loss of your son John. May God wrap his arms around each of you and comfort you in this time of grief. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. John and Marci our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time may God give you strength and courage

  10. John and Marci. My prayers are for all your family for blessings of strength to get through this. So sad.

  11. John, Marci and Family:
    The Good Lord will wrap his arms around you and bring you together during these difficult times. Embrace each other and gather strength from each other. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I will always remember the good times I was able to share with all of you. God Bless.
    Tom Trombley

  12. John, Marci and the Parker Family:
    The Good Lord will wrap his arms around you and bring love and comfort to all of you. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I will always keep the good memories you all provided me as parents and students in the school district. Peace be with you.
    Tom Trombley

  13. John, Marci & family, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.
    Kevin & Kim Atwood

  14. John, Marci & Family:
    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Old Orchard By The Bay Staff

  15. John, Marci & Family,
    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Old Orchard By The Bay Staff

  16. The Bublitz Family extends our heartfelt sympathy to all of the Parker Family. Remember ~ those we hold most dear never truly leave us, they live on… in the kindnesses they’ve shown, the comforts that they’ve shared, and the love they brought into our lives. Praying that God’s precious gift of memories help to bring you peace and comfort at this most difficult time! Kim & Kevin Bublitz & Family

  17. John was a very good basketball player. We remember him and Jason playing their hearts out with a lot of scrapped knees and elbows

  18. May the peace of our Heavenly Father be with you John, Marci & the whole Parker family. So very sorry to hear of your loss of a beautiful son, so happy to hear that the Lord chose all of you to be a special part of John’s life here on earth. You are all blessed with beautiful memories. A special thank you John for serving our country so unselfishly, your bravery will never be forgotten. God be with all of you, Mark & Debbie Machelski and Stacie, Dale Jr, Rochele, Dacia & Adam.

  19. Mark, Kandy and Aaron Wejrowski sends the Parker family our condolences. Our thoughts and prayers will be with your family.

  20. There are no words to make any of this any easier for your family, so may god wrap his arms around all of the Parker family and hold them together and help them thru this difficult time… our thoughts and prayers are with you all…
    Nichols, Brandon, Alaina, & McKylah

  21. So sad to hear about John he was truly a wonderful young man and will be missed! Every time he came to our home to hangout with Kristi and Ronnie he was so polite and very we’ll behaved! You and your family are in our prayers!

  22. Prayers to John, Marci and family during this time of sorrow. I’m so very sorry for your loss, God bless you.

  23. John and Marcy,
    There are no words to express our great sorrow for your loss and the sadness it brings. We hold you in our hearts and prayers for a long time to come.
    Mike and Karen Osterhout

  24. My condolences to you and all of your family, May god bless you all and may he guide you all through this hard time..God Bless

  25. marcy,john and family,,,,my heart is sadend for the whole family at this time..the loss must be unbearable…i know how proud you have always been of john…just always remember the good memories u have…may GOD wrap his arms around you all and give you comfort…god bless my friend

  26. Marci and John, I’m so sorry for your loss. I always admired John and his friendship with Sheldon…he was like a second son. He will be greatly missed by many. He touched a lot of hearts and people in his life.
    Linda Murry

  27. John Marci & Family, I hope God can get yous threw this difficult time my thoughts and prayers are with the Parker family. And thank you John for serving our country……Donna Culler

  28. GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, AND MAY GOD HOLD YOU IN THE PALM OF HIS HANDS. To the family I am so very sorry for your loss. I cannot even imagine what you are going through. I hope you will turn all your memories into treasures. God Bless all of you, your in my prayers,
    Shaaron Lyddy

  29. John I Have Known You My Entire Life You Where Like A Brother To Me You Will Be Missed And Never Forgotten..

  30. John, Marcy and family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. God bless you and keep you in his arms.
    Love, Patti, Alisha and Aimee Little

  31. John, Marci and family,
    I am so very sorry to see of the loss of your son/brother/uncle and father. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. <3
    Carin (Peterson) Comtois

  32. I am so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of John from high school. He was a very kind, thoughtful person. May he find peace. – Beth Nadobny

  33. GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, AND MAY GOD HOLD YOU IN THE PALM OF HIS HANDS. To the family I am so very sorry for your loss. I cannot even imagine what you are going through. I hope you will turn all your memories into treasures. God Bless all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  34. So sorry for your loss, especially his three children.
    May they feel proud every day of their life for their daddy.

  35. I offer my sympathy to your family. May his memories keep your hearts filled with his love and give you strength and courage to ease your moarning. R.I.P Staff Sgt. Parker. Fly High…


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