History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Moss P. Parker established Parker Furniture and Undertaking Company in downtown Columbia in the spring of 1886. After a fire in the late 1800's the funeral home was relocated to the 2nd floor of the furniture store on north 10th Street.

Tom McHarg, Sr. purchased the funeral business, and the McLaughlin family from Sedalia purchased the furniture business in the early 1900's. The name of the funeral home was changed to Parker Funeral Service and the new chapel
that is still in use was build next
to the furniture store.

D.A. Robinett became a partner in the funeral home and remained for many years. In the 1930's Tom McHarg, Jr., Charles Zaring and Virginia Green purchased the business and in the early 1950's purchased the building to the north, which was the former McKay Chevrolet. They operated Parker Funeral Service for over 40 years.

After the death of Charlie Zaring in 1979, Sam M. Rice purchased the funeral home and operated the business with his wife Shirley and son Bruce. A crematory was constructed in 1981, and the buildings were completely remodeled. The name was changed to Parker Funeral Service & Crematory. Sam and Shirley Rice retired in 1998.

Bruce B. Rice a 4th generation funeral director-embalmer worked and eventually owned Parker's for nearly 40 years before retiring to spend more time with his family.

Reid Millard purchased Parker's in May of 2015, adding another funeral home to his well established family of family of service. With the help of staff members Shawna M. Crane, Clay Vogl, and Kaitlyn Voss we continue to maintain serving families with the same high standard of service which has been passed down through the generations, offering dignified professional funeral arrangements, cremation services, headstones, monuments and pre-arranged funeral plans. 

Our Valued Staff

Clay  Vogl

Clay Vogl, Manager-Funeral Director/Embalmer

Kaitlyn  Voss

Kaitlyn Voss, Funeral Director/Embalmer

Kaitlyn joined the Parker staff in May of 2014.Growing up in Columbia she attended grade school at Columbia Catholic, now Our Lady of Lords Inter-parish School, then attended Helias High School in Jefferson City. She studied for three years at MIZZOU before deciding to enter into the funeral business. She graduated valedictorian of the 2014 spring class of the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.

Shawna  Crane

Shawna Crane, Office Manager

Born and raise in Columbia, Shawna graduated a proud Kewpie from Hickman High School. She has been member of the Parker Funeral Service Family for over seventeen years. She can often be found cheering on the Chiefs during football season. She loves her three cats very much, one of which is over twenty years old.

Steve  English

Steve English, part-time