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.
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
Kaitlyn Voss, Funeral Director/Embalmer/Crematory Operator
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 attended the University of Missouri, then decided to change career paths and pursue a career in Funeral Service. She graduated valedictorian of the 2014 spring class of the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.
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.
Rashad Cleveland, Student Embalmer / Crematory Operator
Rashad D. Cleveland, a native of Washington, DC, came to Mid Missouri in 2008 on a football student-athlete scholarship at Lincoln University. Rashad embarked upon his journey in funeral service in 2013; leading him to leave behind a position with the State of Missouri to join the Parker’s family in Fall of 2015. Upon completing a Bachelor’s of Science degree at Lincoln University, he went on to advance his passion for funeral service by also completing degree studies at Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service. Rashad is also a Certified Crematory Operator through the National Board of Funeral Directors.
Not only does Rashad devote his time and talents to his family and the families who entrust their loved ones in his care, but he openly expresses his love for the community he is a part of and those residing within it. Rashad is the past Vice President of the Lincoln University Quarterback Club and is also an active member in various community organizations such as the NAACP, the Eta Alpha Scholarship Foundation, and his beloved fraternity, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. One of his favorite pastimes is loving, breeding and placing pets in good homes with special attention provided to children with learning disabilities. He is the co-owner of Royal Line Kennelz, LLC; a kennel founded here in Missouri that specializes in breeding registered American Bully and Cane Corso family companions. Through both professional and personal avenues, he wholeheartedly believes that the children of our communities are the foundation to our future. He can oftentimes be found driving around these children of the community in the limousines to birthday parties, fireworks tours, and the city’s annual Juneteenth festival and pageant.
Rashad is currently in process of completing all requirements to become a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer here in the state of Missouri. His commitment and compassion for the families he serves has earned him a reputation for providing excellent customer service, professionalism and dignified funeral service to people of all nationalities and languages.