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Robert Nichols Parker

| October 13, 2006 12:00 AM

Robert "Bob" Nichols Parker, 83, of Redding, Calif., and formerly of Libby, died July 19, 2006, in Redding.

Bob was born and raised in Libby. He left the area at the start of World War II after joining the 1077th Engineer battalion. His job involved repairing damaged ports. Bob served in the European and Pacific theaters.

After the war, he spent several years working as a station operator for the Alaskan Railway at Broad Pass and the White Pass and Yukon Railway in Skagway.

Bob left Alaska, continued his education, married and moved to southern California. He was an outside auditor for Mohawk Petroleum Co. before taking a job with Barr Lumber for 10 years.

Bob retired to rural northern California between Mount Lassen and Redding.

He is survived by his brother, Clair Parker of Great Falls; his estranged wife, Patricia; a son, Mark; daughters, Terri and Kim; and eight grandchildren.

A family service was held along the Sacramento River. Bob's ashes were brought back the Libby-Kootenai area.