Charles Robert Parker
January 21, 1962 - March 19, 2016
Charles Robert Parker aka Chuck or Spanky, age 54 of Salem Oregon, died Saturday, March 19th, 2016. He passed away at home with his wife Linda and sisters-in-law Debora and Ann by his side. He died of metastatic male breast cancer that was diagnosed in June of 2012.
Chuck was born, January 21, 1962 in Ukiah California to William and Barbara Parker. He was born the youngest of six children. At 17 he moved to Salem Oregon and attended Sprague High School. He was married to the “love of his life”, Linda Marie Veronneau. on August 9, 1986 in Salem Oregon at Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was a caring, protective, beloved husband for almost 30 years and will be missed every day.
His first job was as a caregiver in Salem at a nursing home which at the time was called Sunnyside Care Center. During this time he attended Chemeketa Community College in Salem in the Automotive Mechanics program while he worked nights at Sunnyside. He received his degree in the Spring of 1985 for an Associates in Science Automotive Mechanics. After graduation Chuck went to work for Delon Automotive in downtown Salem. He specialized in Oldsmobile repair but worked on many other makes and models. He became ASE certified during this time and was also a certified Volvo Technician. He attended General Motors training classes at the GM training center and became a GM Master Technician. In 1989 Chuck went to work for Hyster Sales Inc. in Tigard Oregon. In 1990 Hyster became Pape’ Group and later Pape’ Material Handling. During his time at Pape’ he worked as a shop mechanic, field mechanic, field service supervisor and shop supervisor. He also became a Certified Hyster Technician and attended training classes at the Hyster training center in North Carolina and then passed on that training to the mechanics in the Tigard location. He left October 31, 2013 due to medical reasons. He was there a total of 24 years, he had a wealth of knowledge that he shared during the years with the mechanics he supervised and guided.
During his lifetime he enjoyed various hobbies. He and his friend Joe Anderson, built, maintained and raced cars at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon Oregon and later he helped his friend Mike Shank with his race car. He enjoyed bowling, crabbing, boating, slot car racing, remote control cars and boats, paintball, gaming and tinkering with computers.
He is survived by his wife Linda Parker Veronneau of Salem, mother Barbara Parker, brother William Parker spouse - Chris Parker of Idaho, sister Cindy Baker spouse - Jeff Baker of Klamath Falls, sister Kim Parker, mother-in-law Rosemary Veronneau of Salem, sister-in-law Ann Raymon of Salem, sister-in-law Debora Veronneau of South Beach and sister-in-law Mary Williamson of Ukiah, California. There are nine nephews, five nieces, seven great nephews and seven great nieces. He is preceded in death by his father William Parker, father-in-law Alfred “Frenchie” Veronneau, brother Barry Parker and his sister Tamara Parker. There were no children but he loved his dogs very much, Nikki, Max and Joji are giving him quite the face washing now. Moondoggy and Gidget are still here and will miss him terribly.
The family would like to thank his doctors and clinics for helping him through the last four years as he was determined to do all he could to stay with us. Dr. Natasha Tiffany Hemotology Oncology, Dr. Stephen Carp Salem Clinic, Dr. Rajan Nair Salem Clinic and Dr. Samuel Wang Radiation Oncology. Also, thanks to Willamette Valley Hospice for their help and guidance during the end of our journey and to Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service and Oakleaf Crematory.
A celebration of life is being planned for sometime in April. In place of flowers donations may be made to Relay for Life of Salem Keizer, 2350 Oakmont Way, #200, Eugene, OR 97401 in memory of Chuck Parker.