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Joel Parker

September 21, 1959 — June 26, 2021

Joel Parker

On June 26 Joel A.Parker transitioned to from Earth to Heaven. His quiet Faith in God resonated to remind us that it is not what you say sometimes but what you dont say in which others experience the present to the Lord.

In his walk to heaven my beloved husband a former Marine Corp Officer shared that God has not given us the spirit of fear but power love and self-discipline. I am sure the Angels of God raised Salute as Joel marched in to Heaven.

Beloved Husband and father to Chadwick Aaron Parker and Step Son Nichlaus Albert Carroll reminds us that we must make our selection secure will Heaven be out final Resume destination.

2 Timothy 1:6-7 (NLT)

6This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.7For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.


Joel Alphie Parker was born to William Wilbert Parker and Joan Black on September 21, 1959, in Waterloo, Iowa. As a kid,Joel was prone to go “ALL OUT” for the Sunday Night Movie, with his special popcorn and Kool Aide. Joel lovedpopcorn so much, he once made 3 garbage bags full of it and brought it to school to share witheveryone.

Joel would graduate from Central High School with the class of 1978, and continued his studies at Iowa State University and wasalso active in ROTC.

Following his primary education, Joel enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. From there, Joel was be stationed in Okinawa, Japan, as an officer before coming back stateside for a posting in San Diego, California.

On December 23, 1983, Joel Parker and Pamela Jacqueline Magee were united in marriage. Together the two wouldeventually make their home in Urbandale, Iowa, where Joel would work in sales and later in life, as an Adjunct Instructor at Des Moines Area Community College for over 10 years.

Joel loved music (especially jazz), and spending time on hishobbies; he loved to build model airplanes. Joel also was acollector ofphysical media (a trait that he picked up from his uncle). Things like records, movies and tapes. He also loved indy car racing, especially Richard Petty and Mario Andretti. He like to grill and cook, especially Ziti.

On June 26, 2021, Joel stepped from time into eternity.

Joel is preceded in death by his parents, William and Joan Parker; sister, Deborah Starks; children, Chadwick Parker and NichlausCarroll.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Pamela Parker; siblings, William (Khadijah) Parker Jr., Jonathan (Jacqueline) Parker as well as a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and close friends.

*CDC guidelines will be followed with masks required for individuals who have not been fully vaccinated. Social Distancing will be strongly encouraged.

*This service will be made available via Facebook Live on the Henderson's Highland Park Funeral Home's Facebook page (@hendersonsfuneralhome) on Saturday, July 3, 2021 beginning at 1pm. Please "Like" or "Follow" our page for access. Visitation

Saturday, July 3, 2021

11:00am - 1:00pm

Imani Family Church

Homegoing Celebration

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Starts at 1:00pm

Imani Family Church

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