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October 31, 2005
Contact: Jim Peters, KU Continuing Education, (785) 864-9142.

Funeral services Wednesday for KLETC instructor's son fatally wounded in Iraq

LAWRENCE -- Funeral services will be Wednesday for Army Sgt. Evan Parker, the son of Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center instructor Danny Parker.

Evan Parker, 25, died last week at a hospital in Frankfurt, Germany, where he was flown after being wounded when a bomb exploded in his vehicle in Iraq. His parents and brother, a police officer in Baldwin City, were with him when he died. He was awarded his second Purple Heart before he died.

"Evan Parker's family is in the the thoughts and prayers of the entire Jayhawk family today. On behalf of the university, I offer our deepest condolences to his parents, family and friends for the tragic loss of such a brave young man while in service to his nation," said Chancellor Robert Hemenway. "We are grateful to all who are serving their country in Iraq and other locations around the world, and we continue to hope and pray for their safety."

KLETC, located in Hutchinson, is a unit of University of Kansas Continuing Education.

"The KLETC staff extends our sincerest heartfelt sympathies to Danny and his family. Words alone cannot express our sadness over the loss of Evan at such a young age," said Ed Pavey, KLETC director. "Evan's dream of following in his dad and brother's law enforcement footsteps speaks volumes about his character. We pray that the ultimate sacrifice Evan made in serving and protecting our country never be forgotten."

Evan Parker's funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at South Haven High School. He will be buried in the Rose Hill Cemetery in South Haven. A memorial fund has been established for the organization that houses Americans who travel to Europe to claim loved ones killed in the war. Contributions can be sent to the Evan S. Parker fund, Landstuhl Fisher House, CMR 402 Box 669, APO AE, 09180.

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