Ronald Parker

October 31, 1957 - January 12, 2020

10/31/1957 - 01/12/2020

Ronald Parker , 62 of Bellaire, Ohio passed away peacefully Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Wheeling Hospital. He was born on October 31, 1957 in Steubenville, Ohio to Otis Howard Parker and Doris Jean (Hill) Makofsky.

Preceding him in death at his natural father, Otis; his stepfather, William L. Makfosky; and his youngest sister, Patti (Parker) Anastasia.

He is survived by his wife Deborah (Irizarry) Parker; his mother, Doris; three brothers, Eugene, Kenneth “Ed”, Allen and two sisters Joy Doyno and Linda Estep; one daughter Audrey Talfan, one son, Mitchell “Mitch” Parker; two stepsons, Anthony and Danny Harlow and one stepdaughter, Stephanie Morris; four grandchildren and three step grandchildren.

He served in the US Navy and was a proud veteran. He was an active member of the American Legion Post 52 and was a past commander.

Per his wishes, there will be no viewing or visitation at the funeral home. He wanted to be cremated.

A celebration of life will be held at the American Legion Post 52 in Bellaire, Ohio. All will be welcomed there.

Memorial contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church in Martins Ferry, Ohio by going to “”.

Arrangements by the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 441, 37th Street, Bellaire, Ohio 43906.

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3 years ago

I am sorry that I’m not there for your memorial, but I wanted to remember you as I saw you for Thanksgiving. Victor and I are so glad we got to see you before you let this world, but are happy that you are now at peace and eating all your favorite things, running, meeting all others that have left us and breathing easy again. We will never forget all the wonderful times we shared and you will be in our hearts forever. Peace be with you. Love Joy and Victor

Allen Parker
3 years ago

Brother I will miss you dearly. I know we had a few projects to do together but the good lord took you way to soon. As I do these things I know that you will be there with me guiding in the right direction. I love you brother and I will see you again when my time comes. You will always be in my thoughts and memories.

Hara Miller
3 years ago

“A cousin is a little bit of childhood that cannot be lost” 

Ron, you reached out to your extended family from across the miles and all the many years in between and made us feel a close connection although only those closest to you could have known the struggles you faced. We are all deeply saddened with your loss and pray for your family now that their memories will give them strength to cope with the loss. Thank you Ron for being a great cousin, we will miss you. With deepest sympathy…Hara 

Linda Estep
3 years ago

Ron, A thousand words won’t bring you back; I know because I’ve tried. Neither will a thousand tears; I know because I’ve cried. You always meant the world to me, I could never love you less. I know it’s true when they say, “God only takes the best.” I love & miss you so very much Forever in my heart, Your sister Linda

Linda Estep
3 years ago

Deb, I want you to know how truly grateful we are for all that you did for Ron. You were there for him from day one, right by his side every step of the way. Your love, care and devotion helped him through his pain. You were truly a Godsend, an Angel. Ron can rest in peace now. He loved you so much. Hang on to your memories, he’ll always be with you. With Love & Gratitude, Your sister-in-law Linda

Juanita Williams
3 years ago

Sharing the loss of our cousin, Ronald Parker and. extendning our sympathy to his lovely wife Debbie Irizarry Parker​, his Mom, sisters and brothers, children and grandchildren. He fought a long and hard battle, and we know he is at peace now with our Heavenly Father. We will miss you Ron, but your memories will always remain in our hearts. Love you cuz, Juanita & John

Deborah Parker
3 years ago

Sweetheart, I miss you so. I thank God every single day that we found each other again and were blessed with a second chance to love each other and be happy again. Even though it was for a short time know that my love was for a lifetime. Even when you were at your lowest you always treated me like a queen and made sure I knew I was loved. I miss your “Good morning beautiful” texts, the way you crammed my lunchbag with enough food to feed everyone at work because you wanted to make sure I had enough to eat, the way you drove cussing everyone you passed because they were in your way! You are at peace now my love and I will miss you so but we will see each other again. Until then my love, sleep well and rest in peace.

Joy Doyno
3 years ago

May your spirit soar in freedom
From the fears that gripped so tight.
May you find the peace you searched for
As you wandered, lost, in the night.

May your tortured mind be clear and calm
And your tender heart be warm.
May you have no need for strength now.
May there ne’er be another storm.

May the music of the angels
Be the sweet sounds that you hear.
As you’re rocked in Heaven’s cradle
May you ne’er shed another tear.

I’ll wear your memory proudly,
My only brother…my true friend.
May my love for you reach Heaven above
Until we meet again. You are loved and missed so much!
Your loving sister, Joy

Keith & Nicki Estep - Pittsburgh, Pa.
3 years ago

Our prayers and deepest sympathy to the family of Ron. May he rest in peace.

Cheryl J Skinner,Tri-State Military Museum
3 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Ronald Parker, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US Navy Veteran, Ronald Parker, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †