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James "Jim" Parker

James "Jim" Parker

James “Jim” Fredrick Parker, 79, of Orange Park, Florida, formally of Bemidji and Grand Rapids, Minnesota, passed away peacefully on September 3, 2013, at the Life Care Center of Moosehaven, Orange Park, Florida.

Jim was born on March 10th, 1934 in Kokamo Indiana. He attended school in Bemidji Minnesota where he graduated from high school in 1953. Jim married Jean Savard in December of 1953. They were married for 23 years and had 5 children; Tim, Bob, Ann, Jon, and Mary. In March of 1978, Jim married Henrietta Maher

Jim worked as an Insurance agent in Bemidji and then moved to Grand Rapids where he started Parker Insurance Incorporated. After retirement Jim and Henrietta began spending the winters in Florida, and in 2007, became year round residents of the Moosehaven Retirement Community in Orange Park, Florida.

Jim became a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose in 1968. He dedicated his life to Hope, Charity and Faith. He was a dedicated member of the Ritual Team and through all his efforts and merits became a member of the highest honor within the Moose, Pilgrim.

Jim is survived by his wife, Henrietta of Orange Park, step brother Harlan Brooker of Florida; two sons Tim (Judy) Parker of Bemidji, Robert (Angela) Parker of St. Louis Park, Minnesota; two daughters, Ann (Guy) Shadiow of Boise, Idaho; Mary (Don) Dehart of Bemidji and stepson Paul (Marge) Maher of Bemidji. 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Jonathon Parker. his father James Wesley Parker, his step father Harlan Brooker, his Mother Dorothy Parker Brooker, his brother Robert Parker, and stepson Rob Maher.

A mass will be held Thursday, September 5 at 10am in the New York Chapel at Moosehaven Retirement Center, Orange Park, Florida with Father Joe Brody officiating. Interment will be in the Moosehaven Cemetery in Orange Park, Florida.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to The Moosehaven Retirement Community, Attention Helen Taylor Resident Services, c/o James Fredrick Parker, 1701 Park Ave. Orange Park Florida 32073.