Bill Parker, 51

William C. Parker, age 51, of Constantine, passed away Monday, May 6, 2024 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born November 17, 1972 in South Bend, a son of Kenneth and Pamela (Murphy) Parker. William graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1990 where he served as football team manager for three years. He had worked at D&W Grocery in Three Rivers. William was a long time member of Affinity Clubhouse,

From Affinity Clubhouse Members & Staff:  Bill, or as we called him, “Be-bop,” has been a long-time member of the Affinity Clubhouse. Bill was an important part of Clubhouse and would participate in the work-order day. He was an expert on our fish tank and always made sure the fish were well fed and taken care of.  Our fish were very spoiled, and huge, due to Bill’s love and care.

Bill also liked to work in the kitchen and would help cook the meal of the day.  He would then purchase the leftovers to take home to his parents. He was one of our only members who would enter in our cost analysis and lunch statistics in the computer at the end of the day. He was quick to remind staff to make sure the work was completed so he could get the data entered.

Bill loved going on outings and would hardly ever miss one. Bill enjoyed going to the DNR Fish Hatchery with Clubhouse and knew more about the fish than the DNR. He would often encourage others to sing karaoke during karaoke night, and would not hesitate to belt out any song put on the monitor.

Bill was kind to everyone at Clubhouse and always had an encouraging word to say to staff and members. He would help out with any task you asked him too, except cleaning the toilets. He would tell members and staff if they needed cleaning he would get one of us. That was the one area where Bill would laugh and say, “No thank-you,” if asked if he wanted to clean them.

Bill had the heart of Peter Pan and would often tell all of us about his movie collectables and what movie series he was watching. He loved his video games and would often get up very early to play some games before the bus came to pick him up.

His laughter, infectious smile, and kind words will be missed at Clubhouse. He had many friends at Clubhouse and his memories will live on with those members.

In a world often filled with Captain Hooks we need more Peter Pans. Good-bye Bill and until we meet again.

Surviving William are his parents Kenneth & Pam Parker, Constantine,  brother-in-law Jon (Paige) Howard, Granger,  many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and Affinity Club House friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister Michele Howard.

Relatives and friends will be received Saturday May 11, 2024 from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Eley Funeral Home in Constantine, where services will follow at 1:00. Pastor Karen Wheat of the Constantine United Methodist Church will officiate. Interment will be in Peek Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Affinity Clubhouse. Please sign William’s guest book and leave a message for his family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com.

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