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Ted C. Parker
World War II veteran
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Ted C. Parker, 82, entered into rest on December 17, 2008 in Tracy, California. He was born on February 15, 1926 in Oakland, California. He was a resident of Manteca for the past 49 years. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Betty Parker.
He is survived by his two daughters; Karen Diane Parker of Livermore and Joni Parker of Modesto. Grandchildren are Lara Ahuna, Julie Berg, Jamie Wilkinson, Jennifer Berg, and Matthew Berg. He was also blessed by 13 great-grandchildren. He has 4 surviving siblings; Warren Parker of Susanville, Norman Parker of Placerville, Dolly Nolton of Sacramento and Beverly Otto of Chicago.
Ted’s family moved to Stockton, in 1930.  During his adolesence he attended Roosevelt Elementary School in Stockton. While attending elementary school Ted started selling papers downtown for the Stockton Record at the age of 10, at 5 cents a copy.
In 1940 he attended Stockton High School. As soon as Ted received his driver’s license he went to work for Safeway Stores. During his senior year in high school, he worked part time for Stockton Box Factory and enlisted in the Navy. He was sworn in 24 hours after graduation from high school at the Federal Building in San Francisco.  The next day He was on a train out of Oakland heading for Farragut, Idaho.
Ted proudly served his country and was discharged at Camp Shoemaker, near Livermore, in 1946.  After college he joined the San Joaquin Sheriffs Dept.  Several years later he changed careers and went to work for the Hartford Insurance Co. as Claims Adjuster.  He retired in 1991 in San Francisco and then settled in Manteca with his family.
He and his late wife were members of First Assembly of God Church, where his wife was the church secretary and Ted drove the Sunday school bus. After the passing of his wife Ted joined Calvary Community Church of Manteca and has been a regular attendee.
Ted truly loved the company of his family. He was especially proud of his grandchildren. He loved being father and grandfather it meant the world to him. He loved going on simple errands around town just to socialize with the town folks. Ted was always a very positive and uplifting person. He never took anything for granted. He loved the simple things in life and was a true old fashion kind of guy.
He will be remembered for his fun loving personality, his kindness and generosity. He will be deeply missed.
A Celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, December 23, at 1 p.m. at P.L. Fry & Son Funeral Home 290 N. Union Road in Manteca. He will be laid to rest with his beloved wife at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery at a later date.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday,  Dec. 20, 2008