Richard was born at the St. Mary's Hospital in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri on April 1,1938 and a son of William Bert Parker and Edna Leota Bretches. He never married. He graduation from the Raytown High School May 1956 in Raytown, Jackson County Missouri. By trade he was a house painter, photographer, and writer. He served in the Army Reserves 1961-1966. His hobbies were bowling, where he won many trophies, playing softball in church leagues and an avid birdwatcher.
1961 --- MILITARY
1970 --- PARKER'S ARTICLE IN A MAGAZINE: Richard Parker, 32, is in the construction business, but his real interest lies in writing and photography. Parker, son of Mr. and Mrs. William B. Parker, 5521 blue ridge Cut-off, is the author of a story "Up From the Ground." It is the story of the cicada and will appear in the June issue of HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN magazine. His article about the giant Saguaro Cactus will appear soon in the DESERT MAGAZINE. Parker, a graduate of Raytown High School, says he spends his spare time traveling with camera and notebook, usually in the west. His interest in nature started in grade school school science courses and he has been taking pictures ever since high school, Parker, started to write by doing cutlines and short articles to describe his photos. His work first appear in a Methodist magazine for children. He is working now on a series of short adventure stories for children.
RAYTOWN NEWS, Raytown, Jackson County, Missouri, June 4, 1970, Page: 6, Column: 3.
1940 --- U. S. Federal Census -- Washington Township, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri -- Dwelling Number: 306 -- Line: 34 --- William Parker 27 (head) -- Edna 24 (wife) -- Richard 2 (son) --- Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Washington, Jackson, Missouri; Roll: T627_2116; Page: 16A; Enumeration District: 48-62. --- Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
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