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William Neil Parker

December 26, 1932 June 19, 2022
William Neil Parker
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Obituary for William Neil Parker

William Neil Parker passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, June 19, 2022 in Peoria Heights, IL.

Bill was born December 26, 1932, in Huntington, WV to Carlos and Frances (Van Valkenburgh) Parker. He grew up in Roanoke, VA with his 7 brothers and sisters.

He joined the Marine Corp in 1951 and served in Korea and Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1955.

Bill came to Peoria for a brief stint at Caterpillar and found more fulfilling work first at Kroger, the Peoria Journal Star and then in the insurance industry. He was an agent for Nationwide and then enjoyed a 40-year award-winning career as agent for Country Companies in Hanna City.

He is survived by Sylvia Nath, with whom he shared his life. Also surviving is his son Steven and daughter Julie (Tony) Carr, grandson Jason Parker, great granddaughter Sophie and her mother Zsuzsi Meszner (Curt Meyer) and great grandson Benjamin, and his mother Corissa Compton, all of Peoria. He is also survived by his brother Jim (Maxine) of Westminster, MD and sister Marian Belanger of Roanoke, VA.

He is predeceased by his parents, his son Will, his former wife Janet, brothers Carlos Jr. and George and sisters Betsy, Peg, and Sue.

Bill’s family would like to thank all the health care personnel who were lucky enough to have contact with him in his different challenges the past year. You recognized you were helping someone special and your efforts are very much appreciated.

Memorial Services for Bill will be on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 5:30 PM at Wright & Salmon Mortuary in Peoria, IL. Visitation will be at 4:00 PM until time of service. The burial of ashes will be at a later date at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kickapoo.

Memorials may be made to General Wayne A. Downing, Goodwill Home for Veterans, 403 S. Olive St, Peoria, IL 61605.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

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Visitation

Thursday

30

Jun

4:00 PM 6/30/2022 4:00:00 PM - 5:30 PM 6/30/2022 5:30:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
United States

Memorial Service

Thursday

30

Jun

5:30 PM 6/30/2022 5:30:00 PM
Wright & Salmon Mortuary

2416 N. North Street
Peoria, IL 61604

Wright & Salmon Mortuary
2416 N. North Street Peoria 61604 IL
United States
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