Burt Lavern Parker, age 87 of Viola, passed away on Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 at Vernon Memorial Hospital. He was born April 8, 1933 to Buford Pearl Parker and Beulah Ethel (Burt) Parker. He grew up on the family farm near Yuba, WI, and graduated from West Lima High school. Burt served in the Air Force for 20 years and retired as a Technical Sargent. He married Erna R. Huber in 1956, and together they raised seven children, and later divorced. After retiring from the Air Force, he began working at Rockwell Automation/Allen Bradley in Richland Center, retiring in 1987. He then began his own excavation business, working out of Yuba, WI. In 1992, Burt and Edith R. Hall were joined in marriage. They eventually retired to Viola, WI. In his spare time, Burt enjoyed hunting and fishing, restoring tractors, tinkering with projects, and camping.
Burt is survived by his loving wife Edith, Children; Allen Parker, Charlene (Rich) Chatigny, Cindy (Dennis) Munroe, Rob (Celeste) Parker, and Lori Parker Lankhorst. Stepchildren Fredrick (Corie) Hall, James Hall, and Catherine (Thomas Dascher) Hall. Burt also has 26 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, sisters; Lucille, Pat, and Mary (Stan), and brother Lester (Karen).and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, and his faithful dog Molly.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughters Candace and Carmen his sisters, Eva, Jean, Joan, and Linda.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff at Vernon Memorial Hospital for their excellent care of Burt. Blessed be his memory.
Family and friends may call from 11a.m. until the time of the service at 1p.m. on Saturday, December 5th at the Thorson Funeral Home in Viroqua. A live stream of the service may be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/thorsonfuneralhome/ Graveside military services were held on Friday December 11th at the Bloom City Cemetery. The rites were conducted by Hamilton Harris American Legion Post #447 of Viola and the U.S. Air Force Honors Team. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Vernon Memorial Hospital Foundation.
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