Fred Q Parker

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Fred Q Parker on 2 July 2017. He passed away in his own home during the night.

Fred was born to William Parker and Hannah Brown Parker on Nov. 26, 1921, He was born on the homestead on Elbow creek with his Father and Grandmother Sarah as midwives. The home had burned down so the family had turned the chicken coop into a home and that was Fred’s first home. When Fred was 3 the family moved into Red Lodge where Fred attended school through the 8th grade.

On April 23, 1941 Fred enlisted in the Army in the 40th Coastal Artillery Corp which was an anti-aircraft unit. He was sent to Fort Mills on the Island of Corregidor in the Philippines until the surrender to the Japanese on May 6, 1942. He then spent 40 months as a Prisoner of War until the Aug. 15, 1945. On May 12, 1946 at the Methodist Church in Red Lodge Fred married Edythe Rose Cunningham. There was one daughter born to this marriage. The marriage ended in 1953. He later married Ida Joan Rank on Aug. 21, 1960 at the Methodist Church in Great Falls, Montana. There were 4 boys born to this marriage. The marriage ended in 1970.

After the war, Fred attended Rocky Mountain College for two years to complete a course in Cabinet Making. His primary occupation was working as a union carpenter. Although he was trained to build furniture he preferred to build houses as he liked to be outdoors. During his life he also spent time working on farms, cutting timber, and working in a mine. He was the first carpenter assigned from the Carpenters Local Union #286 of Great Falls to work on the Minuteman Missile Silos in the Great Falls area. He once said that he built the table that the plans were laid out on.

He later returned to the Red Lodge area with his four sons. He lived many years out on Willow Creek and later moved into Roberts where he lived for the rest of his life.

His family was of prime importance to him and he spent his later years focused on building a family tree. He made his first trip back to England at the age of 80 and made his final trip at the age of 90. He spent many hours visiting cemeteries, poring over church records in the Family Studies room at the Dales Musuem in Hawes and visiting with family members in an effort to piece together his genealogy.

He is survived by his brother, Richard Parker (Mildred); by his children, Phyllis Parker Sederberg (Richard), William Parker (Tammy), John Parker, Henry Parker and Charles Parker; step children, Jerry Hall and Ruby Kay Villanueva (Angel); 14 grandchildren and many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 8 at Smith-Olcott Funeral Chapel in Red Lodge. Interment will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery.