Dana William Parker

July 30, 1958 ‒ April 16, 2017

Centerburg, Ohio
Dana William Parker, age 58, of Centerburg went home to Jesus on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017.
He was born on July 30, 1958 in Columbus, Ohio the son of Donald William Parker and Beverly Daly Parker Bertoria.
After high school, Dana enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.
Dana worked for the family business, Dirko’s Pizza for many years and loved serving the community.
He was a valuable member of Center Point Church in Centerburg and a crusader for advancing the Kingdom of God. Dana’s love and faith in Jesus Christ was unexplainable and inspiring. His sole mission in life was to share the love of Jesus and he found great joy in helping and showing love to everyone who crossed his path.
Dana was a talented artist, athlete and musician with a passion for playing the harmonica.
He always said that his life changed when his “Pride and Joy” (Josh and Shannon) came into the world. He was an immensly proud father and never failed to show his children unconditional love every single day. His children always saw him as their “Hero”.
He will be missed by his children Joshua William Parker, Kaiden James Morrow (grandson) and Shannon Lee Parker; step-children Chelsea Olson, Kyle Olson and Jake Bartis; his mother and step-father Beverly and Peter Bertoia; grandson Kaiden James Morrow; brothers Dirk, Drew (Tammy), Dean (Teri), and Donn (Shelly); sister Dene (Daniel) Slusser; best friend Bryan Hetterscheidt; his girlfriend Beth-Ann; close family friend Connie (Terry) Holder; Jerry and Shirley Young; several nieces and nephews; and a vast amount of friends.
He was preceded in death by his father Donald Parker.
Friends may call on the family on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 2-6 PM at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury. Funeral services will be held there on Sunday at 11 AM with his best friend Pastor Bryan Hetterscheidt officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in at Mound View Cemetery in Mount Vernon.
In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the family to assist with burial expenses.
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

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  • Dirko and Family,

    So sorry to learn of Dana’s passing. Met him oh so many years ago in the Devon League and then of course during my time living in Centerburg. Praying for strength for y’all.

    Stephanie Carson (Sellan/Ward)

  • So sorry to hear of Dana’s passing. I worked with Dana for several years at a nursing home. Always enjoyed talking and joking around with him, he will be missed.

  • Much sorrow , the parkers have been my friends for as long as i can remember.
    I remember what a great natural athlete dana was.
    A care free and funny guy i was allways glad to see him. Many good memories..
    Goodbye my friend…

  • So incredibly sorry for the Parker Family. Know that we are thinking of you and pray for comfort in your broken hearts…
    Jim Wheeler & Kelly Corrigan

  • So terribly sorry to hear of Dana’s passing. Much love to the entire Parker family.

  • Thoughts and prayers to the Parker family. So sorry to hear about Dana RIP my friend he will be missed! Mike Susi and family.

  • The Fontanarosa family wishes to extend deepest sympathies to the Parker family on the loss of Dana. We were acquaintances back in the St. James days. May he rest in the eternal peace the Lord so lovingly provides.

  • I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Dana. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.


  • My Heart breaks for all of the Parker Family. May Gods hands wrap around you in this time of sorrow and help heal your loss of Dana.
    My Deepest Sympathies,

  • The Finnerty family (Todd, Theresa, Tim and Taylor) wish to send our condolences to the Parker Family. We were deeply saddened in hearing the passing of Dana. We all have such fond memories of Dana. He will be sorely missed.

    Isaiah 57:2 Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death.


  • My heart hurts for all of you – you were the image of what family is all about. You will be missed by all who knew you. G-d bless. Rony Smith Ghelert

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May Dana rest in peace, and may fond memories of him and his love help you bear your sorrow.

  • My thoughts and prayer to the Parker family. My heart hurts for all of you. Love you all so much. Dana will be missed but not forgotten. Love Kathy Reeb Payne

  • I’m so sorry for your loss Dana was such a great man thou I only knew him for little less then a yr he had so much love and happiness inside and u could see and feel it with all of those he came in contact with.I loved working with him and harassing each other. So saddened for those left behind. Prayers, love and light for the family

  • Dana was part of our church family and will be greatly missed.I will always remember him playing Amazing Grace on his harmonica and how he enjoyed the little kids. He loved his Lord and now he is with Him.

    • That was his favorite song. It was hard for me to hear that song at his service but I’m sure he was playing along
      Thank you. God bless.

  • Oh Dana, I’m so sad to hear of your passing. I’ve been thinking about you all week. It’s amazing that so many memories about you came to mind this week. You know Scott Smith and I really idolized you back in the day. I know it’s been probably 15 years since I’ve seen you, but I still consider you a friend. I’m glad you were a part of my life. Take care up there.

  • My words, however kind,could never mend your broken hearts. Please know I am so sorry for your loss . I pray that the love of God who has no limits enfolds your family in this time of grief. May you find strength in the love of family and the warm embrace of friends. God bless your family. Susan Christian

  • To Bev and your family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I pray God’s comfort and peace for you and the whole family. Take comfort in knowing that Dana knew the Lord and you have His assurance that you will be together again in heaven.

    Edie and Tim Buckle

  • To Bev and family,

    I am deeply grieved for you and your family on the passing of Dana. I have so many fond memories growing up to one of the most strong family’s I have ever known. I will never forget the passion for life Dana held and the strong love he held for his family. I am truly sorry for your loss. God bless and I pray for peace for you all. Heaven just inherited another Angel!

    Ed Davis

  • Dear Dana,

    I wish we would’ve kept better in touch,
    My heart is broken, I will miss you so much!
    We had so much fun back in our day,
    Despite my mom who tried to keep us away!
    She said: That boy is trouble he’s bad for you,
    I said: I don’t care I like him, guess I’m bad too.
    We met in Minerva Park at a young age of eight,
    Fifty years of friendship, the memories are great!
    Life is so short; you never know,
    I’m just so sad it was your time to go.
    When it’s my time Jesus will send an Angel my way,
    Then we will meet again some day.
    Until then your spirit will live on,
    You didn’t die; you ate Home!

    With Loving Memories, Tina Breeckner

  • To the family of Dana William Parker. My family sends their deepest sympathy to you. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to you. Acts 24:15.