Dana Justin Parker
October 17, 1972 ‒ March 01, 2018
Dana Justin Parker, 45, of Centerburg, our “Melanoma Warrior” passed away peacefully at home March 1, 2018.
He was born October 17, 1972 in Mount Vernon, Ohio the son of the late Greg and Betty (Jackson) Parker.
Dana is a lifelong resident of Mt. Liberty and was a 1991 graduate of Centerburg High School. Anyone who knew Dana, knew his love for his wife, his kids, his trucks and guns. He worked for Mid-Ohio Paving since he was fourteen, owned Parker Brother’s trucking, and more recently worked for the Knox County Highway Department. He loved trucks and his passion ran deep for Kenworths and Fords.
On August 28, 2010 he married Amber Denney in a friends back yard. Dana was a wonderful husband, provider, and a proud father. Before kids came along, Dana built derby cars and mud trucks.
His kids, were the light of his life but Dana loved ALL kids. In his eyes, they could do no wrong, especially Hunter and Kaylee. The kids were all important to Dana but especially “The Boys” and his nieces and nephews.
He loved watching Hunter play baseball and football. They loved spending time together hunting and talking about guns. They were together when Hunter shot his first buck. They had a special bond. Dana wanted Hunter to be humble and know it’s not your size, but the size of your heart that matters.
When Kaylee was younger Dana enjoyed watching her twirl baton, playing games at home and prided himself on learning to braid her hair.
Dana attended Centerburg Christian Church and was a member of the Mount Liberty Deer Hunter’s Association.
He will be missed by his wife, Amber; his son, Hunter and his daughter, Kaylee Renee and her fiancé Andrew of Centerburg; a brother; mother-in-law Susan Rose of Centerburg; sisters and brothers-in-law Kate (Bill) Browning of Centerburg, Eric (Emily) Denney of Johnstown, and Brittany (fiancé, Craig Matthews) Johnson of Mount Gilead; special nieces and nephews Courtney (Alan) Railing, and Braxton (Hali) Baldridge; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and special friends.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister Darcy Baldridge and uncles Terry and Sonny Parker.
Dana will always be remembered as a man of few words who was always there to help. If you were a friend of Dana’s, you were considered family. As Dana always said, “Slow and steady”.
Dana and his family would like to thank Capital City Hospice especially his nurse, Sharon and Dr. Kari Kendra and her special group of nurses who Dana considered “his nurses”.
Thank you to all of the family, friends, and the entire Centerburg community for all the love and support over the years.
Friends may call on the family on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 5-8 PM at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074. Funeral services will be held there on Wednesday at 1 PM. Burial to follow at Mount Liberty Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions can be made to Capital City Hospice, 2800 Corporate Exchange Drive, Suite 170, Columbus, Ohio 43231.
The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Dana’s family. Special memories and condolences can be expressed to them at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com