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William G. Parker, Sr., 83

William G. “Shotgun” Parker Sr., age 83, of Montrose, died Thursday, March 10, 2011, at the Buffalo Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born June 29, 1927, to William and Emma (Hart) Parker of Red Lake. Bill was a member of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwa.

Bill served in US Army during World War II. After being honorably discharged in 1947, he resided in Michigan City, IN, where he married Jean Brown Monchamp Dec. 12, 1959.

In 1967, they moved to Onamia, where Bill worked at the Onamia Lumberyard for 18 years. After retiring, Bill and Jean moved to Buffalo, and recently to Montrose.

Bill was a lifetime member of VFW 955, and also belonged to American Legion Post 395.

Best known as “Shotgun,” Bill was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and a brother.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Jean; children, Bill Jr. of Montrose, Doug (Bonnie) of Onamia, Peggy Monchamp of Osakis, and Earl (Diane) Monchamp of Plymouth; a sister, Marion Parker of Stillwater; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

A memorial gathering will take place Saturday, April 16 at the Onamia Vet’s Club from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is serving the family. Online condolences may be made to www.thepetersonchapel.com.