Harold Allen “Harry” Parker, 64, of North Ft. Myers, Fla., passed away Sunday, December 23, 2012, with his family by his side after a brief bout with a brain tumor. Harry was born August 23, 1948, in Taylorville, Ill., to Harvey and Lorene (Sanders) Parker. He grew up in Kincaid and Taylorville, Ill., playing baseball, football, running cross country and fishing. Harry proudly served in the U.S. Army as a clerk typist and was stationed at Arlington Hall Station in Va., where he met his best friend and the love of his life, Paddi Cumiskey. After his return from his tour of duty in Vietnam and discharge from the Army, Harry and Paddi were married in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Winona, Minn., on February 27, 1971. They moved to Tulsa, Okla., where Harry attended Tulsa University on the GI Bill and graduated with a degree in accounting. He began work with Public Service Company of Oklahoma and its parent company Central and Southwest. After living in Tulsa and Jenks, Okla., for 25 years, Harry was transferred to Dallas, Tex., where he lived for seven years until he retired after 27 years from American Electric Company, the successor company to Central and Southwest, in 2003 and moved to North Ft. Myers, Fla.
Harry enjoyed fishing and working in his yard, including raising avocado trees from seeds. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren, his “angel babies,” fishing, playing ball and playing with them. He was a member of the American Legion and the Church of the Great Outdoors.
Harry is survived by his beloved wife of 41 plus years, Paddi; two sons, Paxton Allen (Carrie) of Little Elm, Tex., and Dustin Allen (Debi) of Cape Coral, Fla.; five grandchildren: Ronin Allen, Gannon Allen, Isabella Mae, Caelan Allen and Maggie Ann; two sisters, Peggy Wadkins and Marcia Maag; brothers, Jerry (Nancy) and Bob (Jane); sister-in-law, Linda Parker Canale and numerous nieces and nephews, including his special nephew Terry Wadkins, who helped care for Harry during his illness.
Harry was preceded in death by his parents and younger brother, Tommy.
Per his wishes, no services will be held. Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice, 2430 Diplomat Pkwy., Cape Coral, Fla., 33909, or to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (nchv.org).
Harry will be sorely missed. He was a genuinely good, caring husband, Dad, Paw Paw and friend.
Online condolences may be made at www.coralridgefuneralhome.com