Johnny Steve Parker, 72, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2019. A member of a Pioneer Osceola County Family and a 7th generation Floridian, Steve was born in Kissimmee the son of Barney and Blanche Bronson Parker on January 8, 1947 and was a lifelong Osceola County resident. Steve graduated from Osceola High School in 1965 and in his senior year was chosen as an All Star State football player and played in the North South State Competition. He was awarded the title of “Golden Toe” as an outstanding high school kicker. He also excelled in baseball. After high school he briefly attended St. Pete Junior College. In July, 1967 he joined the United States Air Force and served as Military Police. He served in Korea during the Vietnam War. After leaving the Air Force in July, 1971 he returned to Kissimmee and became a Deputy Sheriff for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. He then worked for Starling Chevrolet for 12 years as their Service Manager. Most recently he retired from the Bass Pro Shop as their Facilities Maintenance Manager after 12 years. He was a member of the Silver Spurs Club and the VFW Post 4225 Kissimmee.
He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish, play golf and ride in the woods. He had a contagious smile, a love of family, friends and Osceola County. All that knew him loved him and he considered them family from the time he met them.
He was preceded in death by his Parents, Barney and Blanche Parker, Brothers Dean (Johnnie) and Barney III (Jayne).
He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years: Diane; Son: Troy Parker; Grandson: Troy Parker, Jr., Granddaughter: Paige Boone; Great Granddaughter: Raylise Williams; Sister: Angie White (Tom) and many nieces and nephews who admired him so much.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Steve will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Neptune Road Baptist Church, Kissimmee, with the Reverend Danny Hartzog officiating.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time (10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.) in the church.
Full Military Honors will be accorded by the Osceola County Veterans Council.
The family respectfully requests memorial contributions to your favorite charity in Steve’s name.
The Parker family is being cared for by CONRAD & THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME, 511 Emmett Street, Kissimmee, Florida 34741 (407)847-3188