January 30, 1959 ~ June 26, 2021 (age 62)


James (Jim) Charles Parker, resident of Libby, MT, unexpectedly passed away June 26, 2021 at the age of 62.   He was born January 30, 1959 in Missoula, MT, to Don and Teri (Larson) Parker. He was one of 3 children. He attended Jackson High School in Portland, OR and Cherry Creek High School in Denver, CO. Jim worked for the railroad for 30 years, many with Burlington Northern Santa Fe, before a back injury forced him into early retirement.

Jim was a gregarious man best known for being quite the storyteller. He could light up a room with his expressions, tall tales and colorful language. He had a story for everything and a nickname for all.

Jim was hardheaded, sarcastic, and always had to have the last word. He was the type of man that knew exactly what he stood for and had no problem letting people know what his principles were. His heart was huge. He would give the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it.

Jim could always be found in the outdoors where he was happiest. He loved hunting for “critters” big and small, fishing, and shooting. Other passions were his friends, the woman he loved, and he would burn the tires down on anything fast.

Jim was preceded in death by his mother. He is survived by his father, Don (Kay); his loving partner, Rose Richardson; children Daniel, Nicole (Mitch); step children Jenny and Julie; brother Tim (Jay); sister Kristi (Sasha); grandchildren Landon, Caroline and Miles; nephews Jon (Heidi), Dylan; nieces Katie (Joel) and Sam (Andrea) and many loving friends who became family.  

Memorial donations may be made in Jim’s honor to the National Rifle Association,


A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at



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