Former Walla Walla resident Peter Wren Parker now of Wood Village, Ore., passed away May 14, 2011, in Portland at the age of 81. Private inurnment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, in Portland, no services will be held.
Pete was born Nov. 4, 1929, in Hermiston, the son of Daniel and Helen (Yager) Parker. He was raised in Hermiston and Walla Walla. With the help of his father, Pete joined the United States Navy, serving his country from 1947 until his honorable discharge in 1951. After the service Pete worked part time for the Walla Walla Fire Department and as an electrician.
On Feb. 8, 1953, Pete married Lavonne Guse in Dayton, and to this union three sons were born. Pete worked as an electrical superintendent for Parker Electric, Rust Engineering and KamTech. In 1979, the family moved to Oregon, where Pete worked as electrical superintendent in various towns, retiring in 1992. Lavonne and Pete settled in Wood Village in 2005. Pete enjoyed woodworking and staying at their cabin near Pikes Peak. He was a member of the Walla Walla Elks Lodge and past commander of the Walla Walla VFW.
Pete is survived by his wife, Lavonne of Wood Village; sons, Richard of Gresham, James of Salem and Tom of Selah, Wash.; and brother, Daniel Parker of Lake View, Ore.