Milton V. Parker, age 66, of North Branch died April 24, 2019 at home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, April 30th at Strike Life Tributes in Isanti. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service and also from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. Monday, April 29th also at our Isanti location. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Milton Victor Parker was born on his parents’ 16th wedding anniversary November 24, 1952 in Valparaiso, Indiana to James and Viola (Ludwig) Parker. In 1970 he graduated from Chesterton High School (Indiana). After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served from 1970-1973. During this time, he was stationed in Australia and proudly served in Vietnam. He was a man of many traits but it was his love for driving a semi-truck that led him to meet the love of his life. On October 10, 1987 he married Catherine (DeGreeff) Parker, who survives. He had a big heart and was loved by many. Everyone he met never was a stranger and was known as “Uncle Milt” by many. In 1995 he enlisted in the Indiana National Guard, but serving part time was not enough for him. He soon found himself back in the Army full time and volunteered to serve in Iraq. The younger soldiers looked up to him and fondly called him “Pops.” He had an undeniable love for his country and all who serve. Included in the many service medals he received are two bronze stars. Upon retirement, he needed a hobby and became a member of the Rum River Rods and FYCC Car Clubs.
Milton died April 24, 2019 at home in North Branch at the age of 66. He is preceded in death by his parents and several siblings: Gene Parker, Linda Zerby, Ernie Parker, Judy Frazo, Lillian Weddle all of Indiana; Richard Parker of TN; Ben (Julie) DeGreeff and Alan DeGreeff, both of MN.
Milton is survived by his wife; 3 children, Kimberly (Phil Hagan) Brown-Homewood, AL; Allen (Lisa) Austad-Isanti, MN; Tiffany (Adam Saxhaug) Austad-Virginia, MN; 4 grandchildren, Kevin (Jade) Brown-Vestavia, AL; Bobby (Hannah) Brown-Fort Bragg, NC; Oscar Austad-North Branch, MN; Ayla Austad -North Branch, MN; 1 great grandson, Cameron Brown-Vestavia, AL; mother-in-law, Betty DeGreeff-Center City, MN; several siblings and in-laws, Mary Anna (Pete Coln)-Portage, IN; Joe (Bessie) Parker-Crestview, FL; Nora (Steve) Van Houten-Portage, IN; Fred (Penny) Parker-Montrose, MN; John (Teresa) Parker-Lake Station, IN; Donna (Dave) Higgins-Center City, MN; Leslie (John) Dravis-Stanchfield, MN; Teresa (Kevin) Reitz-Elk Mound, WI; Jennifer (Steve) Plante-Albequerque, NM; special friends Charles Wade and Sara Cockshott both of North Branch, MN; and a host of nieces and nephews.