Dallas Henry Parker of Overland Park, Kansas, died peacefully Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at Kansas City Hospice House, following a recent period of declining strength and health. He was 95. Dallas was born April 10, 1919, in Ashburn, Missouri. He graduated in 1937 from J.M. Vogt High School in Ferguson, Missouri, where he starred in basketball, track and baseball. Dallas attended St. Louis University and Central Methodist University, where he studied engineering and played varsity basketball.
On March 7, 1942, he married Eleanor Parsons in the living room of Eleanor’s childhood home in Sweet Springs, Missouri. Together for more than 70 years, Dallas and Eleanor experienced a wonderful and long life together, which the Lord blessed. Dallas and Eleanor had two children. Dallas worked for Curtis Wright in St. Louis and Bendix Corporation in Kansas City. He served with the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater in World War II. Following the War, Dallas and Eleanor moved often. They enjoyed living in Litchfield, Illinois; Wichita, Kansas; St. Louis, Missouri; and Sweet Springs, Missouri, before settling in the Kansas City area in 1948 to raise their family. Before becoming a manager at Bendix and Curtis Wright, Dallas was part owner of a Firestone Store, a licensed real estate agent and a pilot. As a gifted athlete, there were few sports he couldn’t master. He loved to compete in golf and bowling for Bendix’s corporate teams. He was nearly a scratch golfer and once rolled a 300 bowling game. He was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and Browns, Kansas City Royals and K-State Wildcats. Dallas will be greatly missed.
Surviving, along with his wife, Eleanor, are daughter Patricia (Parker) Cooper and her husband David Cooper of Overland Park, Kansas, and son Marshall Parker and his wife Susan (Brink) Parker of Overland Park, Kansas. He is also fondly remembered and loved by three grandchildren, David Schlosser and his wife Anne Schlosser of Redmond, Washington, and Laura and Elaina Parker of Overland Park, Kansas.On April 10, 2015, the funeral service and interment will be held at the Blackwater Chapel, Houstonia, Missouri at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made in Dallas’s name to Kansas City Hospice House, 12000 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64145 or Blackwater Chapel Cemetery fund
c/o Clay Parsons
15195 South Fork Rd
Sweet Springs , Mo 65351
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Allow 90 minutes from Overland Park, Kansas
1. I-435 East to I-470
2. I-470 East to US-50
3. US-50 East to State Highway FF (54 miles)
4. State Highway FF North to Highway D (7 miles)
5. Highway D East to Tyler Road
6. Tyler Road North to Blackwater Chapel Road
7. Blackwater Chapel Road East to the Blackwater Chapel Church
8. Destination 11660 Blackwater Chapel Road, LaMonte, Missouri 65337