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Ronald Ausborne Parker

Ronald Ausborne Parker

May 30, 1948 - October 27, 2023


  • Date: November 2, 2023
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.
  • Location: Schroeder Funeral Homes - Northwood, Iowa

Funeral Service

  • Date: November 3, 2023
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Bethany Lutheran Church - Kensett, Iowa

Ronald Ausborne Parker, 75, passed away October 27, 2023 following a battle with Cancer. His wife Diana was by his side. Ronald was born May 30, 1948 to Raymond and Doris (Rehberg) Parker. He was the oldest of seven children. Ronald attended Grinnell-Newburg where he participated in track, cross country, band and choir. After graduation from there he attended Iowa Wesleyan and Central Collage where he majored in education. Ron married Diana (McDonald) May 4, 1973 in Grinnell. They were blessed with two boys, Ryan of Kensett and Eric of Glenville, New York. Ron taught junior high math and science at Northwood-Kensett for 36 years. He also coached numerous sports as well as volunteered in others and drove bus to activities. After retiring from teaching, he continued driving bus, mowed at the Northwood golf course and filmed for the football and basketball teams. Ron was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church where he sang in the choir and preached when needed. Those left to cherish his memory are his: wife, Diana; two sons, Ryan and Eric (Jess); three grandchildren, Jordan, Chase and Shane; brother, Larry (Debra) Parker of Nevada; sisters, Deb (Brad) Hecker of Des Moines, Judy (Doug) Smith of Grinnell, Joyce (Paul) Cook of Solon, Marcia (Kendall) Thompson of Decorah and Pam (Bob) Ashing of Grinnell; many nieces and nephews. Ron was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Linda, in infancy. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church or the Kensett Lions Club. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 3, 2023 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Kensett with Rev. Linda Johnson-Prestholt officiating. A visitation will be held Thursday evening from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Schroeder & Sites Funeral Home in Northwood. Interment will be at a later date in Malcom, Iowa.


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Dorothy Goodon

November 20, 2023 - 10:30 AM

Mr. Parker, how do I even begin? You were always one of my favorite teachers. You never had a negative word about anyone or anything. You were always so kind and patient, and very welcoming to me when I first started at Northwood-Kensett. You will very much be missed.

Chuck and Linda Myhre

November 4, 2023 - 3:44 PM

We were so sorry to learn of Ron’s passing. What a caring teacher he was as well as a great colleague at N-K. We anlso enjoyed our time spent with Ron and Diana at Super Bowl parties and camping trips. He will be missed!! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!!

Diane Hanson

October 31, 2023 - 1:14 PM

May you be comforted by the outpouring of love and support. May you find peace in your faith. Our Condolences. Rick and Diane

Anne Davidson

October 31, 2023 - 11:52 AM

Ron was a rare man. Teacher, coach, community member… he was good, kind , honest, all good things period. Even as a kid student or athlete in sports I respected him and knew I could trust him. When we rarely pushed all his buttons whether in class or bball and he got mad, he’d get red, yelled a second and I even remember him apologizing for getting mad at us. The world needs more men like he was. Sending love to his family.

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