Leslie W. ParkerJun 19, 2013 Staff
Leslie W. Parker, of Lander, died Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Westward Heights Care Center. He was 86 years old.
Per his request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lander. The Rev. Ray Price will officiate.
Leslie Wayne Parker was born Oct. 3, 1926, in Mitchell, Neb., the son of Clarence Leslie Parker and Mary Margaret (Powell) Parker. He graduated from Fremont County Vocational High School in 1945. He enlisted in the Navy during World War II.
On Nov. 2, 1959, he married Anne Hoyick in Laramie. Together they raised three children.
Mr. Parker spent most of his life in Fremont County. He worked on the family ranch near Ray Lake and for the Lander Mill. He also had his own Northrup King Seed dealership and later owned a sharpening shop.
He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and the American Legion, and was a Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 52 for many years. He later served on the district committee and received the Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to Scouting in 1968.
He was of the Episcopal faith.
His family said he loved to go horseback riding, camping and fishing in the Wind River Mountains. He also was a handyman, worked on farm machinery, and could fix just about anything when he was on the ranch. He was an avid reader and was a big fan of Clive Cussler and Louis L'Amour. His family said Mr. Parker loved people and always had a story to share.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Anne, of Lander; daughters Connie Earhart and her husband Doug of Shoshoni, Idaho, and Leslie Anne Mamalis and her husband George of Lakewood, Colo.; son Robert Parker and his wife Lana of Alton, Mo.; brothers Glen Parker of Saratoga and Forrest Parker of Lander; sister Carol Coates of Lander; grandchildren David, Dean, Jodi and Mika; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother David Parker; brother Leonard Parker; and sister Elaine Galliger.
Memorials may be made to Amedysis Hospice or Lander Senior Center through Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton. Online condolences may be left at www.thedavisfuneralhome.com.