About Us | Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory

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

Kevin Clohessy

Kevin Clohessy, Funeral Director


Aaron  Kliethermes

Aaron Kliethermes, Funeral Director / Prearrangement Counselor

Aaron Kliethermes is a licensed Preneed Agent and Funeral Director for Millard Family Chapels. He is a life long resident of Osage County. Having grown up in the small community of Frankenstein on a hog and cattle farm Aaron learned the value of hard work and dedication with everything he does. He brings a commitment of service that the Millard Family has had for generations.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Lincoln University and attended Fatima High School in Westphalia. Aaron completed Leadership Jefferson City through the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce in 2004.

Mr. Kliethermes is an active member of Immaculate Conception Church in Loose Creek, Missouri. He is also a member of The Bonnots Mill Knights of Columbus Council #2027.

He met his wife Michelle (Poss) through a mutual friend and they were married in 2004. They have three wonderful boys, Logan, Blake, and Grant. Michelle works for the State of Missouri-Department of Transportation.

When not hard at work Aaron enjoys boating, golfing, snow skiing, and hunting.


Don Jefferson

Don Jefferson, Funeral Assistant

Don Jefferson joined Millard Family Chapels in 2011. He was born and raised in Columbia, graduating from Hickman High School. He also attended State Fair Community College in Sedalia, MO.

Don retired from State Farm Insurance in July of 2010 after 34 years as a IT Specialist.
In June of 2016 Don retired from the Boone County Fire District after serving for 40 years. He began as a firefighter working his way up to Captain. Upon retiring, he was functioning as Safety Officer for the fire district.

Don is a lifelong member of the Second Baptist Church of Columbia where he serves as the Transportation Coordinator, an audio-visual technician, and is a member of the trustee board.


Jarrod Caldwell

Jarrod Caldwell, Apprentice Funeral Director


Jacob Caldwell

Jacob Caldwell, Certified Crematory Operator


Ron Dunn

Ron Dunn, Funeral Assistant


Dennis Gayer

Dennis Gayer, Funeral Director