Parker, Harvey L. Jr. 1931-2021 St. Joseph, Missouri | Obituary


Harvey Lee Parker, Jr. went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 27, 2021 in Saint-Joseph.

He was born in Wathena, Kansas, to Harvey, Sr. and Myrtle Ina Mead Parker on January 28, 1931, the youngest of nine children. He attended elementary school in Wathena and Blair, Kansas, and graduated from Lafayette High School in 1949, after which he attended St. Joseph Junior College.

He served in the Air National Guard from 1950 to 1955, which included a period of service in Bordeaux and Laon, France.

On December 8, 1950, he married Jean Gayle Haynes, his high school girlfriend and the love of his life, at King Hill Baptist Church in Saint Joseph.

He was employed by Swift and Company for 20 years, where he progressed from personnel clerk to personnel manager. When Swift and Company closed in 1970, he was employed by St. Joseph’s Hospital as Director of Human Resources until his retirement in 1994.

Harvey was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church, where he served as a cult leader for 21 years. He has also served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and chair of the staff committee.

He was secretary of the Missouri Baptist convention in 2004 and also served on the convention board of directors for five years, from 2005 to 2010.

Harvey was a founding member and past president of Pony Expressmen SPEBSQSA. He also served for 12 years on the Staff Council of the Town of St. Joseph and seven years on the Council of St. Joseph Park. He was a founding member and past president of the Missouri Society of Health Care Human Resources Association.

His hobbies were music, antiques and classic cars. He was a passionate genealogist. This led to many trips with Jean Gayle, in search of ancestors.

Harvey was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be missed by all who knew him.

He was predeceased by: his wife, Jean Gayle; parents; brothers, Milton W., Moa B. and the Reverend John G. Parker; and five sisters: Lucille Hoffman, Berniece Mansperger, Annabel Absher, Luella Taylor and Henrietta Mejia.

Survivors include: daughter, Michele Beamon (Robert), St. Joseph; her son, Wesley Parker (Pamela), Kansas City, Missouri; and grandchildren: John Beamon (Calyn), St. Joseph and Seth Parker (Sara), Liberty, Missouri, Kinsey Redmond (Chris), Blue Springs, Missouri and Benjamin Parker, Kansas City; there are also four great-grandchildren: Kate Parker, Jane Parker, Ellie Redmond and Logan Redmond.

Farewell Services and Public Live Streaming: Mondays at 11:00 a.m., First Baptist Church.

Burial: cemetery in the commemorative park.

The family will meet with friends an hour before at church.

Friends can call Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Guestbook and obituary online at As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.

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