The Graveside Service for Allen Leslie Parker of both Swift Current and Hazlet will take place on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. from the Hazlet Cemetery in Hazlet, Saskatchewan with Bonnie Dueck officiating.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so on Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Hazlet Community Hall.
The Luncheon will be held at the Hazlet Community Hall following the graveside service.
For those wishing, donations to the Hazlet Community Hall would be appreciated by the family.
Funeral arrangements are in care of Swift Current Funeral Home. For further information please call 306-773-8355 or to leave a personal message of condolence on the family’s obituary page, please go to www.swiftcurrentfuneralhome.com/notices/Allen-Parker.
Allen Leslie Parker of Hazlet, Saskatchewan, beloved husband to Gloria Parker, was born on November 4, 1938 in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan. He was the third child and first son of Walter and Daisy Parker.
He attended Hazlet school until Grade 10 with full recommendations, finally leaving because “he was smarter than the teacher.” His interest in farming blossomed at a young age as he drove tractor for his Dad when he was only 10 years old. He loved the feel of the soil, but not the feel of rocks, and spent many days picking rocks, lamenting on their hindrance to farming. He began renting from his Dad at seventeen and took over the homestead and family farm in 1972. Allen met Gloria in June of 1977, and they were married on February 25, 1978. Together they farmed for 35 years until 2013 when he “retired”. While at the farm, Al enjoyed watching for wildlife, checking the weather forecast and the progress of the crops.
He was known for his knack for farming, with great instincts on when to seed, swath and combine. He enjoyed watching the Blue Jays, both the birds and the baseball team, reading the Swift Current Booster, watching curling games, and checking out the deals at the Wholesale Club (especially the prices on Watermelon).
Allen loved summers camping at the Saskatchewan Landing, which meant days spent fishing with his son, and also his good friend, Lyle Sletten, and Lyle’s son Chadwick.
Allen is survived by his wife, Gloria, their children Gerri, Melissa, and Leslie (Colleen), and grandchildren Hayley, Carson, Nate and James.
He is also survived by his brother Robert Parker, brother in-law, Donnie Zinn, special nephew Barry Zinn (Nola), and many other nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great nieces. He was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Daisy, and sisters Stella Zeller and Edith Zinn.
A graveside service for the family will be held on February 10, 2019 at 1:30pm in the Hazlet Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Hazlet Community Hall. For further information or to sign the book of condolences, visit www.swiftcurrentfuneralhome.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Swift Current Funeral Home.