John R. “Jack” Parker, died on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 at the age of 98.
He was a graduate of the University of Michigan, BS in Mechanical Engineering. He began as a draftsman at AO Smith Corp. in 1939, after many years of hard work, finished his career as President of AO Smith-Inland, Inc. retiring in 1982. He had a major interest in the automobile industry throughout his life.
Served on Boards and advisory councils of many civic and charitable groups in the Milwaukee area both while still working and in retirement. He believed it important to “give back” to his community because he had been very fortunate in his life’s accomplishments.
Jack always loved water boats; he lived on Beaver Lake for 47 years and during that time also owned a sailboat on Lake Michigan. He sailed extensively on the Great Lakes and with family and friends in the Caribbean Sea, Europe, and South Pacific. He moved to Lake Terrace Apartments, Oconomowoc in 2001 where enjoyed many years and good friends. Jack served several terms on the Advisory Council. He spent his final 2 years at Shorehaven Health & Rehab Center and was grateful for the loving care he received from the staff there.
He is survived by his children Robert (Elizabeth) Parker, Joan Parker (Ray) Unrein, Ann Parker Spence and Richard (Vagner Almeida) Parker; grandchildren Ellen (Troy) Kemnitz, Thomas (Pauline) Parker, Kelly (Paul) Pagel and Peter Spence and great grandchildren Rebecca, Karl and Sarah Kemnitz and Sarah and Jack Pagel. Preceded in death by his wife Roberta Chissus Parker and grandson Karl Unrein.
A Memorial Gathering will be at Shorehaven Chapel, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc on Friday, Nov. 20 from 10:30 AM until Services at 11:30 AM followed by a reception. Memorials suggested to the Karl John Unrein Memorial Scholarship, W8590 Blue Joint Rd., Waterloo, WI 53594 or Shorehaven.