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Kennedy Ray Parker

November 29, 1963 ~ March 2, 2024 (age 60) 60 Years Old

Kennedy Parker Obituary

Kennedy Ray Parker, 60, went to his eternal home on March 1, 2024, in Billings, MT. Kennedy was born on November 29, 1963, to  William Guy “Bill” Parker and Teresa Bear Don’t Walk in Los Angeles, CA.

His parents named him after John F. Kennedy, and like JFK, our Kennedy was a dreamer who saw only the good in people and wanted the best for them.

Kennedy was an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe. He was from the Greasy Mouth clan. He was also Turtle Mountain Chippewa, Northern Cheyenne, and a descendant of a Sand Creek massacre survivor named White Frog. Ken participated in the sweat lodges with his grandfather, Teddy Ray Bear Don’t Walk.

In his younger years, Ken attended school in Crow and at Lockwood. He received his GED in Billings.

Ken began his career in the healthcare field. For over ten years, he was employed as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) working at Aspen View and Parkhill nursing homes. When his maternal grandparents, Teddy and Emma Bear Don’t Walk, needed care he moved to the family home in Lodge Grass and helped them for a couple of years as a personal care attendant. Kennedy eventually moved back to Billings and helped care for his uncle, Anthony Bear Don’t Walk for over seven years. In his most recent years, Kennedy worked part-time at Cabela’s.

Kennedy enjoyed reading inspirational books and studying his Bible. He loved sharing the Word of God through his Facebook posts. Ken poured his heart into his poetry, and his poems filled journals that he’d hoped to publish one day. He gave his poems as gifts to people he loved.

Kennedy enjoyed fellowship with family and friends. He loved taking his yellow canoe to the lake and going rafting with his brother, Vince. He enjoyed his music, especially Journey, the Beatles, and Christian music. His favorite football team was the San Francisco 49ers. He enjoyed playing his electric guitar. He loved animals, especially his dog Puppy also known as Baby Girl.

Kennedy was a very humble man with a kind soul. He had so much love for his family and friends. He was compassionate and empathetic towards others. He had a strong faith in God throughout his life. Through any struggles or obstacles in life, Ken never let go of his love for God. He often prayed for others and helped them find the hope, positivity, and strength they needed to get through their challenges.

Kennedy is preceded in death by his father Bill Parker; mother Teresa Bear Don’t Walk Ellis; maternal grandparents Teddy Ray and Emma (Crissler) Bear Don’t Walk; paternal grandparents Guy and Gertrude (LaRance) Parker; maternal uncles Raymond, Anthony, Urban, and Lewis Bear Don’t Walk; Baby auntie Myrtle and Cousin/Sister Emily Bear Don’t Walk.

Survivors include his siblings, Dennis (Bonnie) Bear Don’t Walk, Vincent Guy Parker, Dawn Wounded Face Shane, Greg (Malissa) Parker, Paige Parker (Ryan Frank), and Ryan Parker. He is also survived by his adopted sister, Codi Bear Don’t Walk; brothers/cousins Tony Ray Bear Don’t Walk, Ernie (Dulcie) Bear Don’t Walk, Kenny Wyles, Sr., Glenn Tracy Jackson, Scott (Julie), Urban Jr., Eldena Bear Don’t Walk, Bernard (Ann) LaFountain and stepmother, Sue Parker.

Kennedy was an uncle to many nephews and nieces Thomas Round Face, Joanna Parker, Teddy (Nina) Birdinground, and Teresa Birdinground who all grew up in the family home in Billings with Kennedy by their side. He is also survived by Dennis Myron Bear Don’t Walk, Mike (Pamela) Wilson, Carlin (Bonnie), Luke (Jade), and Raymond also known as “Ray Ray” by his Uncle Ken (Leslie) Bear Don’t Walk, Robert Shane, Jr., Aaron (Ashley) Shane, Tristen Shane, Amber Bear Don’t Walk; Emma, Sarah and Jazz Shane, Rayleigh Little Owl, Gabriel, Roger, Leo and Souma Parker, Vince Archambault, Parker and Ruby Frank.

His many relatives included the LaRance, St. Germain, Spang, Robinson, Tallwhiteman, Gauthier, Limpy, Crazymule, Rowland, Jackson, LaFountain and Yellowtail families.

We apologize if we have left out anyone who was important in his life.

 

Kennedy—our beloved brother, uncle, and friend—you will be greatly missed.

 

 

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Services

Visitation
Wednesday
March 6, 2024

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Bullis Mortuary

Visitation
Thursday
March 7, 2024

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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Funeral Service
Friday
March 8, 2024

11:00 AM
Bullis Mortuary

Interment following funeral service
Friday
March 8, 2024

Lodge Grass Cemetery
Cemetery Road
Lodge Grass, MT 59050

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