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Information for Joseph Robert Parker
20 January, 1916 - 27 December, 1983
The Idaho Press-Tribune

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Joseph Parker
Services for Joseph Robert Parker, 67, of Nampa Route 1, who died Tuesday, Dec. 27, at a Nampa hospital, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at the Alsip Funeral Chapel, Nampa, with the Rev. Lyle Higgins of the Nazarene Church officiating.
    Chapel rites will be conducted by Nampa BPOE 1389.  Private entombment will follow in the Building of Reverence at Hillcrest Memorials Gardens.
    He was born Jan. 20, 1916, in Portland, Ore.  He was reared and educated in Portland and graduated from high school there.  In 1934 he started in retail advertising with the Meier and Frank Department Store in Portland.  In 1939 he went to work for the Sears store in Portland as advertising manager.
    He moved to Boise in 1940 and, went to work for the C.C. An-derson Company, now known as the Bon Marche, as the sales promotion manager.  He joined the U.S. Army in 1944 and became a member of Gen. MacArthur's headquarters public relations section in the South Pacific theater of war.   Following his discharge from the Army he returned to the C.C. Anderson Company as sales promotion manager.
    He joined the News-Tribune of Nampa and Caldwell in 1954 as advertising director.  He married Bertha Biggerstaff on July 23, 1955, in Caldwell.  In 1959 he left to join the Santa Maria, Calif., Times as classified advertising manager.  In 1960 he rejoined the Idaho Free Press and in 1964 was appointed advertising director.  He retired in 1980 and they had resided in Nampa since.
    He was a member and past president of the Nampa Lions Club, the Caldwell Rotary Club and the Caldwell Snake River United Funds, Inc.  He had also been a member of the Nampa and the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce and was currently a member of the Nampa BPOE 1389.
    He is survived by his wife of Nampa; two daughters, Mrs. John (Sandy Wood, Nampa, and Mrs. Dennis (Faye) Washburn, Caldwell; two grandsons, Troy and Jake Wood, Nampa; one granddaughter, Kimberly Brown, Caldwell; and one nephew, Robert Ashley, Portland, Ore.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 3295 Elder St., Suite 140, Boise, Idaho, 83705; the American Diabetes Association, 166 South Cole Road, Boise, Idaho, 83709; or flowers may be sent.

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