Jason Christopher Parker, 43, Vassar: April 21, 1979 – June 12, 2022 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Jason Christopher Parker, 43, Vassar: April 21, 1979 – June 12, 2022

VASSAR, Kan. – Jason Christopher Parker passed away at age 43, Sunday, June 12, 2022, in his home at Vassar, Kan.

Jason was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. He is survived by his wife of nearly 25 years, Cindy Parker; children, Sydney Parker, Emporia, Kan., and Jaeden Parker; parents, John and Lavon Parker; brother, Scott (Carla) Fisher; sisters, Robyn Parker, Jessica (Isaac) Clark, and Jana (Brandon) Comer; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

Jason was born to John and Lavon on April 21, 1979, in Hays, Kan. When the family moved to Lyndon, Kan., in the mid-90s, Jason met his wife, Cindy, and they married in 1997. By 2004, Jason and Cindy had welcomed two children into their family.

During much of the time they shared, they made a life full of happy memories that included attending numerous choir and band concerts, football, volleyball, basketball, and baseball games, mental math competitions, scholar’s bowl meets, forensics tournaments, and school and community plays. When they weren’t doing things to support their children, you could find them at concerts of their favorite bands, on road trips to visit family, quietly sitting and listening to their favorite music or watching their favorite movies, and watching their children grow into wonderful adults ready to make the world theirs. With their youngest having graduated in May and planning to attend KU in the fall, Jason and Cindy had begun planning for their next 25 years together.

While Jason’s light was extinguished much too soon, he made an impact on everyone he met and lived an authentic life full of love and laughter. Everything he did was done genuinely, whether that was spontaneous gift-giving or texting friends and family just to check in. Jason frequently took on the role of comedian in most situations, regardless of the appropriateness. He believed laughter eased any pain that life brought, which is why those closest to him will remember him for his mischievous laugh, warm (sometimes ridiculous) smile, and his terrible “dad” jokes. The best was when he would find something so funny (frequently whatever he had just said) – tears would fill his eyes, and he would quickly try to wipe them away while doing a hiccup kind of laugh.

If he wasn’t making people laugh, he was doing his best to make everyone feel welcomed. Most would say he had never met a stranger. A joke among his wife and kids was how a “quick” trip to Casey’s could possibly last 30 minutes depending on who he ran into in the store. He truly knew someone everywhere he went, and even if he didn’t know them at first, he would by the end of their first conversation. Jason was an incredibly easy person to talk to because he listened with the intent of making sure people felt heard.

When he wasn’t working, you could always find Jason supporting his family in some way, whether going to a performance for his daughter, a game to watch his son, working a ticket table for his wife, running out west to help his parents at their family business, or attending a gathering for another family member. Family was the most important thing to Jason, and he made sure all of his family felt that. If you were lucky enough to find yourself as a close friend, he considered you family as well and would drop everything to help if you were in need. He lived a life of bold, honest, and caring action and faith.

A celebration of life to honor Jason will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Lyndon Community Center, 204 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, Kan.

In lieu of flowers, his family requests contributions to the Jason Parker Memorial Fund to help his wife and children deal with financial responsibilities, including but not limited to funeral costs, medical expenses, bills, and post-secondary education for his children. Contributions can be made at https://gofund.me/2a877310, or for more information, contact Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451 or see feltnerfuneralhome.com.

 

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