Lyle J. Parker, 86 of Aberdeen, Washington passed away on September 1, 2013, at Pacific Health Care in Hoquiam of colon cancer. He was born on December 8, 1926 in Centralia, Washington to Daisy (Lamb) and Keith Parker.
Lyle served in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946, receiving an Honorable Discharge with the rank of Seaman First Class. During his service he served on the NTS Farragut, Ida; the USS Wesson (DE-184); the USS Salisbury Sound out of the Bremerton, Wash. Naval Base; and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Area campaign medal, six stars; the World War II Victory Medal; and the Philippine Liberation Medal, one star.
During his career Lyle worked at Posey’s Manufacturing, Acme Door Plant in Hoquiam and Evans Plywood. He retired from Posey’s Manufacturing in December of 1991.
Lyle had many hobbies including carving model tall ships (including models of the Lady Washington and so many others that each of his children have at least a couple), clam digging (and clam eating, he could eat a whole limit by himself!), fishing and camping along the Queets and Wynoochee Rivers (the Queets was always his favorite, though he caught some pretty big ones on the Wynoochee), and playing country music on his Martin guitar. He loved to travel, some of his favorite ventures were down the Oregon Coast, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and Glacier National Park. He was a frequent visitor of the casinos, enjoying the Chinook Winds in Lincoln City, Ore., Shoalwater Bay Casino, Lucky Eagle, as well as Cactus Jack’s in Idaho. He was also a member of the Grays Harbor Banjo Club .
Lyle married Betty Ruth Daniels on August 19, 1949 in Hoquiam, Wash. She survives him at the family home in Aberdeen. He is also survived by two sons, Dennis (Kathy) of Hoquiam and Gary (Kathy) of Central Park; daughter, Carlyn (Stan) Osina of Elma; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Parker and his sister, Fay Weigant.
A service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made in Lyle’s name to Seattle Children’s Hospital, Orthopedic Department, 4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Wash. 98105.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Pacific Health Care for the wonderful care and aid the nurses and doctors gave to Lyle; and to Harbors Home and Health Hospice for caring for him in his final days.
Please visit www.harrisonfamilymortuary.com to sign the online book of memories or to light a memorial candle. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Harrison Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.