Erik Lee Parker Obituary

Erik Lee Parker, 49, of Benton Harbor, passed away, Saturday, April 24, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 7:00 P.M. Monday, April 26, 2021 at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. Benjamin Bowater officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial donations in Erik’s name may be made to Lory’s Place in St. Joseph. Those wishing to sign Erik’s Memory Book online may do so at

Erik was born March 7, 1972 in Niles to Jerry Lee & Barbara (Alleman) Parker. He graduated from Dowagiac High School, Class of 1990 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Andrew’s University. Erik was employed for many years as a teacher at Berrien Springs Schools Alternative Education program before gaining employment with Hartford Schools as a supervisor for the last five years. Erik served as a referee for high school football and for several years as the baseball coach at Lake Michigan College. In his free-time, Erik enjoyed playing golf and rooting for the Detroit Tigers.

Erik is survived by his mother and step-father-Barbara & Michael Oros of St. Joseph; the love of his life-Kathleen Basha of Coloma; two daughters-Allixandra Stauffer of St. Joseph, Madison Balow of Kalamazoo; his brother Gus (Kisha) Parker of Dowagiac; niece & nephew Jayden & Justin Parker, Jr.; his beloved huskies-Rocket & Jarvis; and friends too numerous to mention. He was preceded in death by his father Jerry Lee Parker. 

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