Name: Paul Joseph Parker
Given Name: Paul Joseph
Birth: 28 Oct 1929 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Death: 18 Jan 2011 in Carmel, Hamilton, Indiana
Burial: 24 Jan 2011 Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Worth, Illinois. Section 26 (northeastern most section encircled by cemetery roads) immediately south of St. Patrick's large monument.
Change Date: 21 Oct 2014 at 16:34:19
Notes for Paul Joseph Parker:
A photo of a "Notification of Birth Registration" document for Paul:
Paul was born at Jackson Park Hospital, at 7531 Stony Island Avenue, in Chicago. A photo of Paul's birth certificate:
As mentioned in the "notes" for his father Ed in this chart, Paul's childhood home was on the south side of Chicago, before Ed moved the family of 13 to a farm in Wisconsin in 1944.
After graduating from Cedar Grove-Belgium High School in Cedar Grove, Wisconsin in 1947, Paul went from being a part-time farm laborer at the family farm in rural Oostburg, Wisconsin, to full-time. At some point before late 1951, he worked for Continental Can Company.
The Korean War started on June 25, 1950. Late the next year, on November 8, 1951, the just barely 22 year old Paul Parker was drafted into the U.S. Army. After basic training, Private Parker was assigned to go to Camp Chaffee in Arkansas to be trained as an Army cook. That training lasted from February 4th to April 4th. Paul was soon sent to South Korea, where his major assignment was with Battery C of the 39th Field Artillery Battalion, which was a part of the 3rd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army. On February 11, 1953, Paul was promoted from private to corporal. A few months later, on July 24th, Paul was released from the Army. Three days later, an armistice was signed by South Korea and North Korea, so the fighting ended. Of the one year, eight months and 17 days Paul was in the Army, one year, two months and 19 days were in Korea, although many Army units spent time in nearby Japan before going to Korea.
A photo of Paul's "Report of Separation" Army document, which was the source of much of the information in the preceding paragraph:
Even though he was released as an active soldier, Paul was placed on stand-by reserve status, and could have been called back to active duty if there was another war. He was finally given an honorable discharge on December 10, 1959:
Months after getting married to Georganne Zeller on October 6, 1956, in Chicago, photo, Paul and Georganne moved from Chicago to Los Angeles County, California, because Paul's brother Ed was supposed to get Paul a good job. Paul had at least three jobs during his years in California; a bakery salesman, an unknown position at Western Electric, and a part time shoe salesman.
Their son Larry's birth certificate shows that in October of 1958, the Parker family lived at 2242 Elm Avenue, in Long Beach.
Polk's 1961 Long Beach city directory shows the family still at the same address:
" P J h2242 Elm av
Polk's 1962, 1963 and 1964 Long Beach city directories contained identical listings for the Parker family, at a different address. Paul's middle initial was incorrect in 1962 and 1963:
" Paul I (Georganne) emp Western Elec h2263 Grand av
Then, knowing a person's address, it was necessary to look through a different section of those directories, the Directory of Householders, to learn if the person had a phone, and if so, what their phone number was. The Parker listings were:
2263 Parker Paul I GE3-0029
The family of four; Paul, Georganne, and sons Larry and Jim, moved back to the Chicago area during the Spring or Summer of 1964. At first they stayed in the homes of Paul's brother Bob and Georganne's brother John. Two more children were born near Chicago; Andrew Damien "Andy" Parker and Suzanne "Sue" Parker.
From late 1964 or from some point in 1965, through mid 1968, the Paul Parker family lived in a two bedroom apartment at 8803 S. Keeler Ave. in Hometown, Illinois. But a family of six was too many for that two bedroom apartment. So on May 31, 1968, Paul and Georganne bought a three bedroom brick ranch house with a one and a half car garage at 6926 W. 91st St., in Bridgeview, Illinois, for a price of $18,900. After the couple divorced in 1984, they sold that house in early 1985 for $56,000.
After moving back to Chicago, Paul worked Fall, Winter, and Spring as a stationary engineer at the Corkery grade school (and others). His main task was apparently controlling and operating the old heating equipment in the buildings. He did other jobs in Summers, when there was no need for the heating equipment to be operated in Chicago schools.
Paul's death notice in the January 21, 2011 Chicago Tribune:
Paul J. Parker, Vet. U.S. Army. Beloved husband of the late Marilyn Vaughan Parker; loving father of Lawrence, James (Belinda), Suzanne (Robert Jr.) Eckl and the late George and Andrew (Sherry) Parker and step-father of George (Carol) Vaughan, Diane (Gene) Osmanski, Karen (Rob) Liebmann and Jeff (the late Michelle) Vaughan; proud grandfather of Jacob, Haley, Sarah and Mitchell Parker and Emily, Kristyn and Brooke Eckl; dearest brother of Virginia (John) Surma, Geraldine Schmit and Richard (Marie) Parker. Funeral Monday 9:45 a.m., from Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn to St. Germaine Church, Mass 10:30 a.m. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Visitation Sunday, 2 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital would be appreciated. For info., call 708-636-1193 or visit www.blakelamboaklawn.com
Paul's FindAGrave memorial includes a photo of his grave marker:
Paul's SSN was 387-28-2055. The first five numbers show that the number was issued in Wisconsin between 1936 and 1950. The correct year must have been between 1944 and 1950, because Paul's parents and siblings didn't move to Wisconsin until 1944.
Father: Edward Lawrence (Sr.) Parker b: 18 Apr 1894 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois c: 22 Apr 1894 in St. Cecilia Catholic Church. Chicago
Mother: Catherine Frances Byrne b: 4 Mar 1899 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois c: 12 Mar 1899 in St. Anne Catholic Church, Chicago
Georganne Genevieve Zeller b: 8 Mar 1929 in Blue Island, Cook, Illinois
- Divorced: Y
6 Oct 1956
in Chicago, Cook, Illinois
- Living Parker