Jasper County Obits


Ruth C. Hathaway

Ruth C. Hathaway, age 83

Ruth C. Hathaway of Nashoba, Oklahoma and formerly of Newton, Illinois passed away at 12:32 PM - Monday, February 9, 2015 at the Norman Regional Healthplex in Norman, Oklahoma. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Meyer Funeral Home in Newton, Illinois.








Robert M. Parker Age 90

Parker, Robert.jpgRobert M. Parker of Vincennes, Indiana passed away Thursday, February 5, 2015at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, Illinois. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Meyer Funeral Home in Dieterich, Illinois.

Funeral services celebrating Robert’s life will be held at 1:00 PM – Monday, February 9, 2015 at the Meyer Funeral Home in Dieterich, Illinois with Tim Schnautz officiating. Burial will be in the Headyville Cemetery in rural Dieterich, Illinois with full military rites by the Jasper Post #20 American Legion. Visitation will be held 1 hour before the service. In loving memory of Robert, memorials may be made to the Jasper County Cancer Fund P.O. Box 333 Newton, Illinois 62448.  

Robert was born on February 14, 1924 in Vincennes, Indiana the son of Corbett and Leona (Cooper) Parker. He married Blanche Jones on June 2, 1951 in Indianapolis, Indiana and she survives. Robert served his country in the United States Army during WWII from 1943 to 1945. He served with the Darby Rangers at the Battle of the Bulge. He was injured and received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Robert was a car salesman and owned and operated Parker Auto Parts in Vincennes, Indiana. Robert attended Sailor Springs Christian Church. He was a member of Vincennes American Legion Post #73 and the Knox County Voiture 40 & 8 in Vincennes, Indiana.  

Robert is survived by his wife of 63 years Blanche Parker of Washington, Illinois; children Pamela Turner of Salt Lake City, Utah, Mary (Chic) Matthews of Greenbrier, Arkansas, John (Hope) Parker of Dieterich, Illinois, Thomas Parker of Dieterich, Illinois, Eric (Anna) Parker of Peoria, Illinois, Chad Parker of Creve Coeur, Illinois; a brother Eldon Parker of Vincennes, Indiana; 9 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Robert was preceded in death by parents; daughter Leona McKay; son Paul Parker; brother Estel Parker and a sister Vera Armstrong.