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Thomas Logan “T.L.” Parker
Thomas Logan “T.L.” ParkerAirForceThomas Logan “T.L.” Parker, 91, of Marion, formerly of LaRue, passed away peacefully Saturday January 16, 2021 at the Marion General Hospital.

He was born August 31, 1929 in LaRue to the late George Washington and Pearl (McGuire) Parker, he was also preceded in death by three sisters: Doris Chambers, Mertie Marie Schlaudroff and Betty Lou Graven and one nephew.

Tom left LaRue when he turned 18, to join the Air Force. He proudly served our country for 22 years.

It was while stationed at Homestead Air Force Base, near Miami, Florida, that he and a fellow serviceman friend went on a blind date with a couple of sisters. It was then that he met his soul mate and future wife of 65 years, Willene Parker.

They had two children: Steve (Teresa) Parker of Marion and Cathy Stayman of Columbia, South Carolina.
The Parker family traveled across the country from one military base to another: Colorado, Virginia, Maine, Alaska and the Netherlands. Tom retired in 1969 and moved back to his childhood home in LaRue.

Tom had two main passions. One was his church. It was first at the LaRue United Methodist Church and after a move to Marion in the early 1990's, it was the Marion Christian Center.
His other passion was his family. In addition to his wife and two children, he is survived by three grandchildren: Eric Stayman, Nicholas (Hope) Stayman and Stephanie Parker and one great grandson: Kirkland Stayman
Four nephews and four nieces who lovingly called him “Unkie”.

Private services will be held Thursday January 21, 2021 at 12 noon at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue. Although the services are private, to watch the Livestream on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:00 pm, open the Facebook app and like the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home page, or click here Watch the Livestream

Pastor Perry Payne will officiate, private burial will follow in the LaRue Cemetery. There will be Military Honors given by the Marion Area United Veterans Council.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Marion Christian Center at 1550 Richland Rd.  Marion, Ohio 43302

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Joseph Derringer
Bullhead City, AZ.
Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 6:47 PM

My deepest sympathy to the family.

#2 from: John W. Taylor III
Des Moines
Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 7:35 PM

I'm so thankful that I had the opportunity to talk to Uncle TL on his 91st birthday.  He sounded great.  Unkie helped my mom and his sister, Marie, so much over the years that we're forever grateful.  Those summer vacations at 999 Clark Rd in LaRue were some of my fondest memories growing up.  

Also more recently spending some fun times in Florida during the winter will forever be cherished.  

We love you!

Peg and John III

#3 from: Mark Appelfeller
Louisville, CO
Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 9:11 AM

Steve & Family, Very Sorry for your loss. Many blessings to have kept 'Dad' in your life for so many years.

#4 from: Lauren and Jeanie Park
LaRue, Ohio
Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 10:33 AM

Willene,Steve,Cathy and Family,
We have so many fond memories of Tom and fun times in LaRue when life was much simpler. Tom was a man of strong faith & we always appreciated his Bible knowledge in Sunday school at LaRue U.M.C. We have many fun memories of Tom and his great sense of humor as we gathered for church retreats and with friends. Any time we ran into Tom he greeted us with a smile and genuine interest in our family and LaRue friends. While he will be greatly missed by his family and friends here on earth, we are confident that he will be welcomed into the gates heaven by Our Savior and meet many loved ones who have reached Home before.

#5 from: Mary Lee
Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 12:11 PM

To Willene, Cathy, Steve and their families:
I extend to you my sincere sympathy in the loss of Tom. Praying that you take care of yourselves and be reminded that Tom's legacy to the world is his family.

#6 from: Bill and Betty McElroy
New Bloomington, OH
Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 2:24 PM

Dear Willene, Steve, Cathy, and family
We send our condolences to all of you as you cope with the loss of your loved one.  I have so many nice memories of the times we spent together in our Sunday school class and in services at the LaRue United Methodist Church.  Great stories, scripture interpretations, and prayers were shared together in God's house.  I am sure that the church you are currently attending is blessed by your presence and now memories of Tom.  Please know that we keep you in our thoughts and prayers, knowing that you are comforted by realizing that Tom is in Jesus' presence and loving his conversations there!  God bless you all!
With caring thoughts,
Bill and Betty McElroy

#7 from: Dave and Dianne
Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 1:16 PM

So sorry Cathy.  Need to get together as soon as this horrible virus is under control.
💕, D & D

#8 from: Parker family
Marion OH
Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 6:02 PM

Not sure what proper protocol on this site is, but the Parker family would like to thank everyone who attended this service either in person or on the live (or delayed) broadcast.

We would like to thank Kyle and the entire Stofcheck team who helped organize this service. Additionally a shout out to the Marion Area United Veterans Council for the much appreciated military tribute. A special thanks to Pastor Perry Payne of the Marion Christian Center who officiated over the service.

We would also like to thank all the medical and hospital staff(s) who assisted in the care of Tom over these last several months. Lastly we would like to thank everyone who raised Tom's name up in prayer.

Thank you all. May God bless you.

#9 from: Greg & Barbara Rice
LaRue, Ohio
Fri, Jan 22, 2021 at 7:21 PM

So sorry for your loss. Mr. Parker was always a gentle man who loved his family and the Lord. It is a bit easier to let our loved ones go when we know where their faith takes them for eternity.

#10 from: Bob and Phyllis Hill
Marion, OH
Sun, Jan 24, 2021 at 7:31 AM

We are so sorry for your loss.
We have admired Tom for the short time we have known him and the family.
We know he is with Jesus and enjoying the best. Please accept our condolences.
God bless and comfort you.

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