Saturday, December 4, 2021

Kenneth Odell Parker, 68, Kasson

Kenneth Odell Parker, 68, of Kasson, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

Ken was born on Jan. 31, 1953 in Winnsboro, La. to James “JN” and Opal “Maureen” (Walker) Parker. They moved to Sulphur, La. when Ken was young. He attended and graduated high school in Sulphur.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1972-1979, where he was stationed in Japan for two years. After his service he attended UMD where he did undergrad and grad work, and taught chemistry.

Ken married Tonja Brown on Sept. 22, 1989 in Evergreen, Colo. They settled in Rochester and finally at their home in Kasson when Ken took a position at Mayo Clinic as a scientific programmer in the Pulmonary Function Lab. He worked there for 24 years. 

Ken enjoyed music, reading, and cooking. He loved talking with and entertaining friends with his stories. He will be deeply missed.

Ken is survived by his wife, Tonja Brown Parker of Kasson, and his sister, Julie (Jeff) Peterson of Sulphur, La. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Ronnie (Vickie) Parker and Bill Parker. 

Per Ken’s request, no services will be held. A private interment will be held at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery in Mantorville.

To share a special memory or condolence please visit www.czaplewskifuneralhomes.com, Czaplewski Family Funeral Homes, 801 7th St SE Kasson, MN 55944 (507)634-6510.

Blessed be his memory.

 

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