Harley "Gene" Parker, 67 passed away Friday, August 26, 2016 at his home in Garden City with his family surrounding him. He was born September 13, 1948 in Eads, Colorado the son of Oral and Margit (Olsen) Parker.
On March 20, 1967 he married the love of his life Donna (Watts) Parker. She survives. Other survivors include his son Curt and wife Michelle Parker of St. Joseph, Missouri; four grandchildren Brooke and friend Brandon, Halie, Boston, and Halen; three great grandchildren Issac, Kaze, and Addison; his Mother Margit Parker of Lamar; two brothers Jack and wife Bonnie Parker of Wichita, Kansas and Norman and wife Joyce Parker of Dighton, Kansas; six sisters Jo Ellen Bullock of Lamar, Pat and Sam Jones of Pueblo, Lora and Rick Bentley of Garden City, Kansas, Connie and Sam Peek of Adrain, Missouri, Linda Hagins of Carthage, Missouri, and Emma and Luke Vocke of Lamar; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Gene was preceded in death by his father Oral Parker; a brother Paul Parker; and six siblings in his extended family.
His love of trucking was his whole life. He had driven from coast to coast before finally settling in Garden City where he owned and operated BHB Trucking spreading for dairies and feedlots. Gene was quite a jokester and always told his customers that he didn't stand behind his work. He was never too serious about anything, and he would always say "Life was too short to get very serious." He worked so hard at anything he did. He loved his work and the people he worked with.
One thing he loved was his family and his grandchildren and great grandchildren were the apple in his eye. Gene also enjoyed watching the Denver Broncos every Sunday during football season. He was such an avid fan that he bought Big Bubba and would have him on display in his front yard for everyone to see.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at Bible Christian Church in Garden City with Pastor Scott Rosen officiating. Burial followed at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City.
The family request memorials given to the Harley Gene Parker Memorial Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 412 North 7th Street, Garden City, KS 67846