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William Glenn Parker

December 13, 1944 — January 11, 2021

William Glenn Parker, 76, of La Junta passed away on January 11, 2021 at the Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. He was born on December 13, 1944 in Smithfield, NC to William Golden & Irene Marie (Ethington) Parker.

Glenn entered the US Air Force in 1963 as a Radio Operator and was stationed in Germany on a 3-year tour. After various ventures and businesses Glenn landed in La Junta in 1996. During his time here he sang his way into the hearts of many people. He loved music, singing, performing and sharing his love for music with others is something he will always be remembered for. He put together and performed many shows for the nursing homes in our area, events and long running karaoke group. He never knew a stranger and took the time to befriend anyone and everyone. He took every opportunity to promote La Junta and be a part of as much as he could. Some groups that he gave back to where TRY, (Tiger Resources for Youth), American Legion Post #9, Picketwire Players, Jay’s Christmas Dinner, Operation Christmas Child, Arkansas Valley Community Cancer Group, La Junta Chamber of Commerce, and RESADA to name a few. Glenn was proud that he had overcome his addiction of alcohol and spent time volunteering and speaking at RESADA letting the people know that with faith and strength from our Lord and Savior that rehabilitation was possible. He received his 30 year chip this past September.

He enjoyed traveling back home to Illinois where he grew up, to visit family, old friends and classmates. He loved to frequent local restaurants, attend plays, football games, basketball games, and the Ayala household. He was a great friend and storyteller. If you ever sat down with Glenn you would know that whatever followed after “Can I tell you something?” was gonna be good. He was a humble and faith filled man that didn’t need a lot and would rarely speak of his accomplishments. “The greatest joy of life is to love and be loved” - RD Clyde. Glenn loved with all his heart and was loved by everyone that knew him. He would be happy to know that he will be remembered with a smile, a chuckle or even by singing a little tune.

He is survived by his sons, Joshua Parker of Stockholm, Sweden; Christopher Eric Parker, Jason Edward Parker and William Golden (Nicole) Parker all of Colorado Springs; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; siblings, Christine (Scott) Wulff of Champagne, IL; Diana (Larry) Ferrol of Clearwater, FL; dearest & closest friends, Joe (Angela) Ayala and children, Gianna & Adrianna Ayala; many nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, William & Irene Parker and sister, Joan Spencer.

A Memorial service will be Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in La Junta with Reverend Dr. M.J. Romano officiating. Inurnment will follow at the Fairview Cemetery with Military Honors by the La Junta American Legion, Post #9.

Online condolences may be made at Peacock-Larsen Funeral Home and Arkansas Valley Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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