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Plainfield veterinarian ‘Ted’ Parker dies

Dr. Philip (Ted) Parker ‘ a retired veterinarian who volunteered in various veterinary capacities, including vaccinating animals in Haiti in connection with the Episcopal Church ‘ died Sunday, June 27, 2004, at his home in Plainfield. He was 82.
Although he was officially retired, he continued to work at clinics around Indianapolis until just before his illness.
A 40-year member of the Beacon Toastmasters, he was remembered as ‘A very well-spoken veterinarian, who made us all laugh with his stories of hunting dogs and Romeo and Juliet,’ said one member of the group.
As a storyteller, he recently won third place in the ‘National Tall Tale Tell Off’ in Nashville, and his daughter, Ann Parker of Plainfield, read the tale aloud in honor of her father.
A collection of his veterinary stories, ‘Animal Antics,’ has been published. The family will hand out copies of the book at the funeral.
Nelda Keltner, a family friend, mentioned at his passing that ‘Ted could make anyone laugh and laugh hard, but it was never at anyone’s expense.’
Although colorblind, he painted, and his family said they will miss his colorblind painting experiments, and the correspondence he would send them in the mail, which he always signed anonymously Cornelius X, instead of his real name.
A native of Knightstown, born March 12, 1922, Parker was the son of the late Philip P. and Hilda Callahan Parker.
He was an Army veteran, a veterinarian for several years before retiring in 1987, a graduate of Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Science. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.
He was a member of Plainfield United Methodist Church, the Plainfield Optimist Club, Toastmaster Club (Beacon Toastmasters), Plainfield Elks Lodge 2186, Plainfield Eagles Lodge 3207, Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and Murat Shrine American Legion, and he was the police commissioner for Plainfield.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Philip O’Bannon Parker, and an infant daughter.
Survivors include his wife, the former Jane O’Bannon, formerly of Corydon; a daughter, Ann Parker, and a brother, Dr. James C. Parker.
Visitation will be today (Wednesday) from 4 to 8 p.m. at Hall-Baker Funeral Home in Plainfield.
The funeral will be tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Plainfield UMC. Dr. Ann Glass will officiate.
The family suggests memorial gifts to Plainfield United Methodist Church, 600 Simmons, Plainfield, IN or Phoenix Assistance Dogs, P.O. Box 81, Wyatt, IN 46595.

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