Richard Parker

Profile Updated: July 25, 2012
Richard Parker
Residing In: Indialntic, FL USA
Spouse/Partner: Joan
Occupation: Speaker & Author
Children: Two grown sons Wayne and Shane. And the gift that God gives you for not killing your kids - grandkids: More…and I have 3 great ones, Brittney 16, McKenna 12, and Beau 9
Military Service: Coast Guard  
Yes! Attending Reunion

Hello Class of 69,
Thanks for letting a "younger kid" (Class of 70) visit your site. By the way your site is really making my Class look bad.

As for me and my life, it has been wonderful. Blessed beyond words. But I must admit the past 40 years have flown bye. After high school, 4 years in the Coast Guard the 12 in real estate. In 86 went to Wall St. eventually opening a stock brokerage firm. Grew it to 68 offices across the country, took it public in 98 & sold it in 02. Began writing in 1990s, have written 9 books, working on #10. Now I speak/consult in the RV Resort industry. My wife of 30 years, Joan, and I travel with a 15 year old beagle, Sergeant William Pepper III, via a 40 ft motor coach seeing America at eye-level. Two grown sons and 3 great grandkids, I actually co-authored a kids book with my oldest, Brittney, “The Tunnel of Time”, making her a published author at 12. She is now 16 and working on her second book (without Pa’s help). Hard to believe that took 40 years.

I saw your photos from Archie's - are the burgers still good and greasy, I feel two arteries beginning to close as we speak.

Hey, a parting question. Since all of our classes seem to be “getting smaller” what would you guys think about combining a reunion in the future? We would be happy to work with the great Class of 69 to make that happen.

Richard Parker, DMHS Class of 70

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Jul 08, 2016 at 12:22 PM

Posted on: Jul 07, 2016 at 7:45 PM

Richard, you may have lost your voice but your writings nailed it. We all have memories of burdens we have had to face and question, Why me? God has a plan for us all and I must say many of the things we have to face I question. Then the memories when you look back you see how strong it has made us . I relate to you in one of the hardest things I had to deal with was the Alzheimers with my Mom. I was in denial starting in 1977 and like I tell so many I lost my Mom twice and finally in 1987. I miss my parents but learned so much from them and look forward to the day when we are all together again when I meet my Maker. Until then I count my Blessings and know that God's plan is in place and our prayers are being answered. Each day is a Gift from God and I try to make memories to share. Your writings are great memories and helps so many people and know that I for one really appreciated this one.

Jul 07, 2016 at 5:27 PM

Hey Brother your new Rambling is posted - please send and eBlast to you class

Jun 30, 2016 at 8:24 PM

Just wanted you to know we are praying for you and we hope you are feeling God's Love and Strength at this time. May you have a Happy 4th of July weekend and be able to celebrate this great country. God's Blessings.

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Jun 17, 2016 at 2:55 PM

Posted on: Jun 16, 2016 at 3:26 PM

Humble and Kind says it all about you. This Rambling is one of my favorite, considering all that is going around in the world today. As far as patience in recognizing why so many things are happening and our prayers don't seem to be answered I have to remind myself who is in charge. So saying that, Keep your Faith and your Ramblings as God does answer prayers and your voice will be one when He is ready. Thank you so much for your writings and helping others we need more people like you. So glad you mentioned Mrs. Parsons as she was a great teacher and we old retired teachers like to think our students do remember us. God's Blessings to you and yours.

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May 24, 2016 at 9:22 PM

Posted on: May 23, 2016 at 9:23 PM

Thanks Cheryl - I would like to ask you to keep me in your prayers - for nine months they have been running tests on my throat. They can find nothing wrong; but I a steadily losing my voice. I am good for about 3 hours in the morning and then I'm pretty much voiceless for the remaining part of the day. The Dr.s have given up here - tomorrow I'm off to the Mayo Clinic to start all over. Thanks in advance for your prayers.
Your Friend

May 23, 2016 at 9:12 PM

Happy Anniversary and may God Bless you with many more healthy and happy years together. God 's Blessings to you all.

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May 18, 2016 at 10:15 AM

Posted on: May 17, 2016 at 6:22 PM

Once again you have nailed so many things we all relate to. What a Gift you have in your writings and reflecting your memories as well as ours. Thank you for doing this for our class as well as yours. God's Blessings to you and yours as you sure made my day.

May 10, 2016 at 6:11 AM

Thanks for sharing Jim's passing with the Class of 69

May 06, 2016 at 9:42 AM

Richard thank you for sharing your tribute to your Mom again. What great memories you have and what a joy it is to read them . We were Blessed to be raised by our parents and know that we have the best to offer our children and grandchildren thanks to our Moms and Dad. I am sure when we see them again they too will be proud of what you have done here on earth. Keep the Spirit Alive is what you do for so many and we thank you.

May 04, 2016 at 10:09 PM

Tommy, please send an email to your class - I have posted a Message for Mother's Day - the email is timely

Feb 01, 2016 at 7:16 AM

Thanks for your kind words Joyce. I too have pets and it breaks my heart to think about them not knowing what happened to me

Dec 24, 2015 at 4:39 AM


I am so sorry to hear of your brother's passing, and most of all at this time of year. I know that is so painful. I did not know him personally but if he was anything like his brother, he was a fine man. We lift you and your family up in prayer

Your Friend


Nov 20, 2015 at 10:07 AM

Happy, happy birthday Richard - hope your day is special and filled with laughter and fun!

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Oct 16, 2015 at 7:13 AM

Hey Tommy I posted a new (recycled) article can you get an eblast out to your class ASAP - Looking forward to seeing you there

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Aug 05, 2015 at 8:56 AM

Happy Birthday Turkey - how is your sister doing?

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Jun 30, 2015 at 1:13 PM

Posted on: Jun 29, 2015 at 10:45 PM

Allan, thanks for your kind words. I never get tired of having people tell me they connected in some small way to a Ramnlings

See Ya

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:08 AM

Today our life is centered around RVing. We just love the lifestyle. You can follow us on our "On the Road Travel Log".
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:08 AM
This is the center of my universe. (L to R)
My grandson Beau Parker Cole (my namesake) and a heck of good running back, Brittney Shane Cole my oldest grandchild and my co-author for my 8th book, my wife of almost 30 years Joan who has traveled the world with me, Sargent William Pepper III or Sarg as he is know by thousands nationwide, he is 15 and my buddy, my middle grandchild McKenna Pace Cole who loves dogs and needs 4 changes of clothes daily. This photo makes me see how truly blessed I am.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:08 AM
Three of the best grandkids ever! (L to R) McKenna 12, Beau 9 and Brittney 16. Life is Good
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:08 AM
Where did all that gray hair come from? Oh yea, the past 40 years.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:08 AM
You got to love these book signings - Keep em' coming, it pays the bills!
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:08 AM
How do you spell that name?
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2009 Photo
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:08 AM
I still can’t believe they pay me for this, my wife say if they just hand me the mic they could get all I know for free
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:08 AM
Signing my 9th book: Retire & Stay Retired - Enjoying the RV Lifestyle - Working on #10
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 1:08 AM
The RV Rally in Louisville - Summer of 2010