SAVANNA—Joseph "Joe" Parker, 90, a lifelong resident of Savanna, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, at Rock River Hospice Home, Sterling.
A funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Savanna. Burial will take place at St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Savanna.
Visitation will be held 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. Family and friends are invited to share in Joe's life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Joe was born Oct. 18, 1930, in Savanna, the son of John and Bessie (Yochem) Parker. He attended St. John's Grade School and graduated from Savanna High School with the Class of 1950, where he liked playing basketball and high-jumping in track.
Like many young men in Savanna, after high school Joe went to work for the Milwaukee Railroad. In 1951, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea until 1953. After returning to Savanna, he was able to continue his work at the railroad until his retirement in 1988.
On July 6, 1957, Joe married Betty Cox in Galena. They resided in Savanna, raising two children, Todd and Kerry, and celebrating 43 years of marriage. Joe and Betty were members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Savanna Moose Lodge, and Savanna VFW and American Legion.
He loved to golf, fish and hunt, especially with family. Joe coached little league teams for his son and also coached the St. John's basketball team to a Diocese championship. Joe liked watching sports, dancing with Betty, lunches with the Class of 1950, and hanging out with the coffee gang at McDonald’s or lately in Howard's garage.
Joe will be dearly missed by his two children, Todd Parker of Savanna and Kerry (Gary) Kuhl of Sabula, Iowa; a sister, Ruth Ann (Jiggs) Kasbohm of Savanna; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; both parents; two sisters, Mary Nichols and Betty Miller; and a brother, James.