Meadville Tribune

April 27, 2013

Robert Nial Parker

Meadville Tribune

TOWNVILLE — Robert Nial Parker, 65, of Townville, went to his final rest on Friday, April 26, 2013, at his residence.

He was born on Feb. 7, 1948, a son of Nial Lee Parker and Margie Winniafred Smith Parker. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, Clyde (Mike) Steadman, from an early age.

He was a 1966 graduate of Townville High School and worked in the logging business for several years, also for IPSCO Drilling Co., Joy Manufacturing.

He then moved onto mechanical repair with Bossard Garage, and his last place of employment was with PENNCREST School District.

Robert was a member of Townville Fire and Ambulance Services and West Mead No. 2 as a certified emergency medical technician. He was the Scoutmaster of Troop 231 in Townville and was also involved with Scouts in Spartansburg.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, gardening, canning, brewing his own homemade wine and a nip or two of his Applejack. Most of all, he loved being around his family and friends.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Jane Harmening Parker; his mother, Margie Steadman; a brother, David Parker and his wife, Karen; a sister, Sandy Schaefer and her husband, Buster; two daughters, Melanie Derwinis and her husband, Steve, and Julie Hazeltine and her husband, Paul; a son, James Parker and his wife, Bridget; two stepbrothers, Louie Steadman and his wife, Marilyn, and Bill Steadman and his wife, Dorothy; eight grandchildren, Bradley, Philip and Mackenzie Parker, and Joey, Erik, Nick, Florence and Mia Derwinis; and many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Nial; stepfather, Mike; a sister, Connie Bossard; a infant brother, James Parker; and a stepsister, Sarah Conley.

Family and friends are welcome to call on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Roofner-Collins-Warren Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 544 Chestnut St., Meadville.

The funeral and committal service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 11 a.m., with Pastor Glen Van Cise of Chapmanville Community Church officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to be made to Roofner-Collins-Warren Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., 544 Chestnut St., Meadville, Pa. 16335

Please take a moment to share a memory or condolence with the family on Robert’s Book of Memories online at