Danny worked most of his career at Sigma Chemical in St. Louis, MO. Later in life, he managed The Orchards Golf Course and, more recently, was a manager at Far Oaks Golf Course. In addition to being a valuable asset to his wife and everyone at Valentine’s Restaurant in Freeburg, Danny also spent many years working security at Kiel/Scottrade Center. He became friends with coaches and players alike during his time there. They all knew Danny by name and visiting coaches were glad to see him when they returned to play in St. Louis.
In his early years, Danny played softball for the traveling Shamrocks softball team. He was a true ambassador for the game of golf. He didn’t care where he played, as long as he was golfing. Danny bowled a perfect 300 game and had three holes-in-one in golf.
Danny was an avid sports enthusiast who loved his professional teams, including the St. Louis Blues and Cardinals. A wealth of information on all sports, he also enjoyed college basketball, especially Duke and the Billikens. Also, he was a big fan of his son’s Illinois College Blue Boys Football Team.
He was very active in his children’s sports teams. He coached baseball, soccer, and basketball and served as president of the Freeburg Swim Team. He worked the chain gang at Freeburg Midget football games and was the official scorer/timer at high school basketball games.
Danny was also a barbecue aficionado. He loved to barbecue any kind of meat, but everyone truly loved his eight-beer ribs. He would start early and spend the entire day at the grill, enjoying a cold one and reminiscing with friends and family. He never complained about having to barbecue because he enjoyed being outdoors and relaxing. Danny truly enjoyed barbecuing as much as family and friends enjoyed eating it.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Wanda, nee Bohannon, Parker; a sister, Nancy Strittmatter; a nephew, Jeffrey Parker; and his father-in-law, John Brown.
Surviving are his wife of 15 years, Lani, nee Brown, Parker, whom he married on March 16, 2000, in Las Vegas, NV;
four children, Jennifer Parker (Renatto Carr), Daniel (Kim) Parker,
Susan Parker, and Robert Brown;
three granddaughters, Mahalia and Ella Carr and Daphne Parker;
his brother, Steven (Julie) Parker;
his mother-in-law, Lulu Brown;
a brother-in-law, Robert Brown;
nieces and nephews, Kelly (Tom) Garreis, Angela Strittmatter,
Kristen (Russell) Simpson, Joshua and Jacob Parker,
and Irene, Van, and Max Brown;
and special friends, Ellen Carey, Tiffany Gipson, Gary Strittmatter,
and all the LDL League players.
From the moment I saw you,
I wanted to meet you.
From the moment I met you,
I wanted to know you.
From the moment I knew you,
I was in love with you.
From the moment I loved you,
I wanted to share my life with you.
Memorials may be made to The First Tee of Greater St. Louis (a youth organization promoting life skills and leadership through the game of golf), 5163 Clayton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 18, 2015, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.
Funeral: Private funeral services will be held Friday, June 19, 2015, at the funeral home.
I am shocked and saddened by the passing of Danny. Danny and I worked together for several years at the Orchards and reconnected the last several years in his time at Far Oaks. He taught me many of life’s lessons and was always so good and kind to me. My thoughts and prayers are with his whole family during this difficult time.
Andrew Davidson, Belleville, IL, 62220
I am truly sorry to hear about the loss of a great man, did not know Mr. Parker very long but we do know his son Dan Parker and his beautiful granddaughter Daphne, he raised a fine young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Parker family, we truly hope that everyone will celebrate his life and legacy,
Jeff De Serrano, Lewisville, Texas, 75056
Very sad to hear about Danny’s passing. I am honored to have met Danny and worked with him. He will be missed
Khusro Ashfaq, Orlando, Florida, 32824
I was a student manager for the St. Louis Billikens from 2003 through 2006, and remember greatly how welcoming Danny was to me and my staff. Student managers are by far the lowest on the totem pole when it comes to college sports, however Danny nonetheless made sure we were taken care of. Game nights were often tense and stressful, but we always found time for a quick conversation. His friendship brightened my SLU Basketball experience, and his integrity and character will be missed at Scottrade Center.
Brendan M. Mutchek, Seattle, WA, 98034
Dan and family – we are saddened by the news of your dad’s passing. It’s never easy. But may the memories of all of the good times live in you and stay with you forever. We are thinking of you and giving all the Parker’s a big hug! May God bless all of you. Love, John, Laura, Allison and Sienna Brickey
John and Laura Brickey, Houston, TX, 77098
Dear Lani and Family,
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss. May God sustain you during this difficult time.
Dianne Holtman, Millstadt, Illinois, 62260
I am so very truly sorry for your loss. Danny was a great friend and co-worker for many years. I will miss him very much.
Jo Gardner, Saint Peters, Missouri, 63376
First and most importantly, my heartfelt sympathies to your family.
Secondly, I want to express in this public forum what a wonderful friend and classmate Danny was. From our days together in the Class of ’68 at Belleville West, to the days at Scottrade Center, I could always count on Danny for a smile and a great sports conversation. From my observations in my time with the Blues, I know that Danny was much more than a security guard for the visiting NHL teams locker room. Visiting players and coaches could count on him for anything they needed, but also enjoyed his personality and ready wit. Danny was the type of person we all think of when we utter the term “friend”.
Tom Calhoun, Millstadt, Illinois, 62260
Dan was great guy who always wore a smile–a true gentleman
in every sense of the word.
bruce r cook, belleville, illinois, 62220
We extend our condolences on the passing of Dan. His passing reminds us all of just how fragile life is.We will remember him in our prayers.Sorry for your loss.
Richard and Linda Sanders, Freeburg, Illinois, US, 62243
Prayers to the family in this difficult time. Danny was a wonderful man. So sorry for your loss Lani and Robert.
Kimberly Skikas, Freeburg, illinois, 62243
So very sorry for your loss, you have my sincere sympathy
Lori Speiser, Freeburg , Illinois, 62243
Lani and family,
My condolences to you and your family. I never realized I worked with Dan at Scottrade Center until now. He was a very sweet person.
Barb and family
Barb Sauerhage, Freeburg/Oakdale, Illinois, 62243
All the years Danny worked the visting NHL team bench, I received nothing but praise from several of the NHL players and staff. Danny will be missed by his family and his extended family from the golfing community and most of all the players and staff of the National Hockey League and Scottrade Center Security Staff.
Jim Maier, National Hockey League Security, St. Louis, Missouri, 63131
Dear Lani and Family
My deepest sympathy on the loss of Danny. What a WONDERFUL man! He was truly a gem! From his BBQ to golf and the love of sports, he always had a smile on his face. God Bless and keep you in his care. Take care of YOU Lani – that is what Danny wants for you.
With deepest sympathy.
Barb Hohlt, Belleville, IL, 62220
It is with great sadness that I learned this. What a great man he was! I consider myself blessed as to have known this amazing gentle man. Sincere thoughts and prayers for you Lani and his children.
Beth voelkel, New athens, Il, 62264