James Batterson Parker
November 18, 1932 - December 11, 2017
James Batterson Parker, 85, of Rochester Hills and formerly of Hillsdale, passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 in Rochester Hills. Jim was born Nov. 18, 1932 in Flint, MI to Hugh N. and Helen (Batterson) Parker. Jim was married June 15, 1955 to Ruth Katzenmeyer and she survives.
Mr. Parker was a graduate of Flint Central, class of 1951. He attended Flint Jr. College and a graduate of Michigan State University in 1954. Following two years of military service with the U.S. Army, 10th Division, in Schweinfurt, Germany, he returned to Flint and worked for General Motors in the Accounting Department. Mr. Parker attended Wayne State University Law School, graduating with Jurist Doctorate with Distinction degree in 1960. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and the Delta Theta Phi Legal Fraternity. Moving to Hillsdale, Mr. Parker joined the law firm of Prettie and McIntyre, which later became Prettie, Parker and Hayes, then later Parker, Hayes and Lovinger, P.C.
Mr. Parker was a former Prosecutor for Hillsdale County, a member of the Hillsdale County Bar Association and the Michigan Bar Association. Jim served as Director of the Executive Board of County National Bank for 32 years and was past-president and trustee of the Hillsdale County Community Foundation. He headed up operation Polio inoculation and was past-president of Hillsdale County United Way. Jim was a member and past-president of the Hillsdale Community School Board of Education. He was on the Business Advisory Board for the National Republican Committee and was neighborhood coordinator for the March of Dimes. Mr. Parker was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Hillsdale and former Elder of the church. He was also a member and past-president of the Hillsdale Golf and Country Club, a past-president and life member of the Hillsdale Rotary Club, member of the Hillsdale College President’s Club and belonged to the Hillsdale American Legion and the Elks Lodge.
Surviving besides his wife Ruth are four children, Kimberly (David) Kusel of Ridgewood, N.J., Julie (James) Stevenson of Lake Bluff, IL, Tracey Parker of Birmingham and Todd (Kristen) Parker of West Bloomfield; eight grandchildren, Matthew and Stephanie Kusel, Anne and Caroline Stevenson and Parker, Harrison and Griffin Watt and Allison Parker.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Thomas Randall and two sisters, Janet (Thomas) Coulter and Mary Sue (Richard) Lovinger, and a brother, Hugh Parker.
Memorial services for James and Ruth Parker will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church in Hillsdale with Pastor Patti Beckman officiating. Family interment will take place at Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsdale. The family will receive friends for visitation on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 6-9 PM at VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Hillsdale College Athletic Department or the First Presbyterian Church.