Ralph Marion Parker, 82, of Santa Claus

Ralph Marion Parker, 82, of Santa Claus passed away at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center in Jasper on Monday, May 7th.

Ralph was born December 12, 1935 in Perry County to Luke and Cordelia (Feix) Parker. He married Shirley Ann Miller on August 19, 1961 in Tell City. She preceded him in death on September 13, 2009. Ralph was retired from Whirlpool Corporation where he’d worked for 39 years.

He enjoyed fishing, casinos, spending time with children and grandchildren. Ralph served in the United States Army for 2 years and the United States Navy for 3 years.

He was a member of the Dale American Legion Post 444.

Ralph is survived by 3 daughters, Angie (Greg) Rumage of Dale, Tammy (Tim) Kleiser of Santa Claus and Jennie (Brent) Dawson of Rockport; two brothers, Larry (Donna) Parker of Corydon and Robert (Imgard) Parker of Tell City; one sister in-law, Janie Parker of St. Marks; two sisters, Loyce (Richard) Gries of Mariah Hill and Joyce Richards of Tell City; five grandchildren, Brandon, Andrew and Matthew Cantner, Drew and Leslie Kleiser; four step-grandchildren, Holly Kleiser- Gehlhausen, Tina Drake, April Rutledge and Gregory J. Rumage; twelve great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley and one brother, Charles Parker. Funeral services will be Thursday at 10:00 AM CDT at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 1-7:00 PM CDT at Becher Funeral Home and Thursday from 7:00 AM CDT until time of service at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in Santa Claus United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Dale American Legion Post 444 will provide Military Graveside Rights.