In memory of
Parker, James 6/30/1937 - 10/10/2020 Dexter, MI James "Jim" Baldwin Parker died of complications from Prostate Cancer on October 10, 2020 at age 83 in Dexter, Washtenaw County, Michigan. He was born June 30, 1937, at home in Wayne, Wayne County, Michigan, the youngest of five children of Dr. Albert Russell Parker, M. D. and Frances Gage Hayes Parker. Jim attended Roosevelt School in Ypsilanti, Michigan where he was graduated in 1955. He attended Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and obtained his A. B. degree from the University of Michigan in 1960. Jim married Barbara Ann Obermeyer, daughter of Maurice Dean Obermeyer and Vivian Dale (Wyatt) Obermeyer, August 29, 1959, at the First Methodist Church in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Jim was employed by Ford Motor Company from 1961 until his early retirement in 1992. A Quality Control specialist, he worked for about eleven years at the Rawsonville, Saline and Plymouth (Sheldon Road) plants and the Hardware and Accessories Division staff at Rawsonville, then for about ten years as the Office Manager for Quality Control in Ford's Plastics Division, and finally on the Quality and Engineering staffs at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, specializing in competitive and strategic quality studies with presentations for Senior Management. He was very involved in Ford's efforts to improve its quality during those years. Jim was active in a number of organizations including the Ypsilanti Jaycees and Chamber of Commerce, American Society for Quality Control, Dexter Historical Society and Museum archivist, Washtenaw County Historical Society board of directors, founder and past President of the Webster Township Historical Society, co-founder and first Treasurer of the World Chamberlain Genealogical Society, Webster United Church of Christ organist and Deacon, and long time President of the South Grand Blanc Cemetery Association. Jim's passionate interests included reading, mostly history and biography, and authoring six books about local Webster Township history. An amateur genealogist, he created mammoth computer files for Chamberlain/lin Genealogy and served for years as a consultant for Chamberlain/lin descendants worldwide. He also created large research databases or files about Parker Family history and Webster Township history. Other interests also include antique and book collecting. At one time owning the largest private collection of 10,000 books about Michigan, this valuable collection was destroyed in a tragic house fire in 2005. Jim and Barb hosted twelve foreign exchange students between 1970 and 1979, many of whom returned for the joyful 50th wedding anniversary celebration in 2009, a truly high point of Jim's and Barb's lives. Jim's interests also included his love of the family's pet dogs and cat, piano music and gardening. Barb and Jim have also travelled to England and Europe, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand as well as throughout the United States and Mexico. Jim is survived by his two children, Jeffrey Obermeyer Parker of Midland, Michigan (wife Dacia) and Jennifer Elizabeth Parker (husband Charles Burleigh) of Olympia, Washington, and five grandchildren: Ruby, Camille, Jonah, Ella and Sophia. He is also survived by his sister Alice Gage (Parker) Stoddard and his brother Dr. John Chamberlin Parker, M. D. and was preceded in death by his wife, his parents and two brothers, Hayes Durand Parker and Dr. Alden Russell Parker, M. D. There will be no funeral nor memorial service. Following cremation, ashes will be interred at the Parker family plot at the South Grand Blanc Cemetery, Grand Blanc, Genesee County, Michigan.
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