In Remembrance Of

Eric Parker

Eric Stephen Parker, 52, of Platte City, MO passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, August 19, 2023.

He was born on October 22, 1970, to Carl A. and Sandra L. (Schmitt) Parker in Ballwin, MO where he grew up and graduated from Lafayette High School in Ballwin, MO. Eric attended college at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, MO.
On August 9, 1997, he was united in marriage to Elisa Sherwood. After their marriage they lived in Platte City, MO where they raised their two boys and made their home.
Eric found his love of flying from his father, Carl, who was a professional pilot. As a teenager, Eric competed in Control Line Model Airplane Combat where he eventually became a world champion. Later, Eric then followed in his father’s footsteps and became a professional pilot as well. Most recently, he served as the Flight Standards Division Manager for the FAA in Kansas City, MO. 
Eric was a loving husband, dad, son, brother, uncle, nephew, and great friend to those closest to him. He was passionate in raising his sons and cherished the time he was able to help coach them in sports, guide them in life, and enjoy time together as a family. Eric was able to exemplify to his sons what a man of integrity, strong work ethic, and resilience looked like day in and day out. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Carl A. Parker, Jr.
Eric is survived by his wife Elisa Parker; sons Braden (19) and Kyler (15); mother Sandra Butler; brother Brett (Julie) Parker; father and mother-in-law Harold and Sharon Sherwood; brothers-in-law Eric (Jennifer) Sherwood and Chris (Mandy) Sherwood; seven nieces and nephews; other relatives and many, many friends.
Visitation 5:00- 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 24th at First Christian Church of Platte City 708 3rd Street, Platte City, MO
Funeral Service: 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 25th at First Christian Church of Platte City.
Burial: Platte City Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory c/o Elisa Parker. A Go Fund Me Page has also been established in his memory

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  • Tracy Lawhorn

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Peacefully, the Lawhorn Family

  • Cyndi Hanley

    Eric was a man of great integrity and a friend to all. He was a kind person that brought a lot of joy to those around him. I know he will be missed by anyone that knew him. My thoughts and prayers go out to Eric’s family. I am very sorry for your loss.

  • Ron Patton

    Fine man and great friend. Will be terribly missed. God Bless.

  • Sian Maxwell

    I can’t process this. I will pray for you and the boys. I am here for anything you need.

  • Jana Maulhardt

    Elisa, Braden and Kyler,

    I very much wish I could be there in person to honor and celebrate Eric’s life. I have so many special memories of him, and I’m grateful for the memories as I know you will be too. The world will be forever changed because of the person Eric was: a fun cousin, loving family man, fierce competitor, trusty friend, smart and funny son, brother and uncle. I know that list could go on as he was so many things to so many people. Sending you all my love and prayers for peace. He has left us far too soon, and will be missed deeply, but I know he’ll still be watching over us all.

    With love,

    Jana Schmitt Maulhardt

  • Sue Burke

    We share your sadness, and send our love and prayers to all of the Parker Family.
    With love, the Burke Family

  • Kevin Glock

    I am so fortunate to have had a friend like Eric. We experienced three lifetimes worth of great memories in too short of a time span. He loved Elisa and the boys so much that hardly ever was there a conversation when I didn’t feel how proud he was of them. I will miss him dearly but I have a greater appreciation of the amazing memories and good times we had together. Rest in peace brother.

  • Dennis Mills

    I knew Eric for 8 years in the FAA. We was a real leader and most of all a great family man. His life was dedicated more to others rather than self.
    Eric will be greatly missed.
    Dennis Mills

  • Ernest Carter jr

    sorry about your loss my prayers are with you and your family he was a very good hard worker he will be missed.

  • Steve Fortenberry

    My deep sympathy for your loss. I did not know Eric personally , but the people in our organization who did, speak very highly of him. He will have a lasting influence on our organization.

  • Mike Mosher

    I worked for Eric and from day one he wanted to make sure that I was taken care of, in terms of not only my work but my family. He is the pinnacle of what it means to be an incredible boss but also an incredible person. He will be missed as a boss but also as a positive influence on this earth. Condolences from myself and my family. He is in my prayers.

  • Bettina Delfin

    I’m deeply sorry, my condolences to you and the family.

  • Marcia Swenson

    Thinking of all in peace and prayer.

  • Judy Sieckhaus

    God Bless you and your boys

  • Jessica Tran-Nguyen

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. I knew Eric for 3 plus years supporting him and his team budget wise in AFS-400. Eric is a great leader and a good friend. He will be missed.

  • Joel Dickinson

    Parker family, Lisa and I send our deepest sympathies for your loss. I enjoyed working with Eric, and will miss his professionalism, expertise, and wit. We will remember him, and you all, in our prayers.

  • Calico Heath

    I am so sad to hear of Erics passing, my deepest condolences to the Paker Family.

  • Doug Jackson

    I first knew Eric when he worked at Executive Beech. I was and still am in the Kansas City Flight Standards office. Eric accomplished much in his time with the FAA. I lived on the other end of Woodridge Street in Platte City before moving to Lee’s Summit in 2017. It was such a shock to hear about Eric.

  • Dianne Sehie

    Love and prayers to my dear friend, Sandy Butler, and her entire family in this loss of their beloved Eric.

  • Doug Jackson

    I first knew Eric when he worked at Executive Beech. I was and still am in the Kansas City Flight Standards office. Eric accomplished much in his time with the FAA. I lived on the other end of Woodridge Street in Platte City before moving to Lee’s Summit in 2017. It was such a shock to hear about Eric.

  • Krista Modde

    I am so so sorry to hear of the loss of Eric. He took me to Homecoming, as a friend, while we were at Lafayette High School and I have very fond memories of him. What a wonderful guy he was. My sincerest condolences to his wife, kids and entire family.

  • Terry Cecil

    Our hearts are broken & we will forever remember what a wonderful person you were. Your urology was so right on, & described what a terrific & caring person you were. Rest in peace, and God bless you & your family. Our sincere condolences, Terry & Shanda Cecil

  • Erika & Marc Mueller

    Our family is so saddened for your loss. We are sending prayers and love your way and want you to know we are here if there is anything you need.

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