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Richard "Dick" Parks

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Richard "Dick" Parks Obituary
Parks, Richard (Dick) Lee
91, of Mesa, Arizona, entered into rest on June 27, 2016. He was born in Springfield, Illinois on July 14, 1924 to Ruby and Arloe Parks. Richard had three siblings, Raymond (Bud), Gladys (Ryburn), and Helen (Traeger) the only surviving sibling. Dick, along with his siblings, worked various jobs at a very young age to help his family make it through the Depression years. The jobs consisted of working in a pharmacy, pumping gas at his father's filling station, and working in his Uncle's greenhouse which supplied the City of Springfield with many of its vegetables during the winter months. Dick loved to go fishing and hunting with his Uncle (Lee Factor) and passed this passion on to his family. After graduation from high school, Dick signed on with the Navy during WWII and spent 3 years in the South Pacific supporting the troops as a field medical assistant helping those who were wounded on the front lines. He was very proud of his military service and was very patriotic. After WWII, Dick returned home where he landed a job with the Allis Chalmers Corporation; he retired from Allis Chalmers in 1981 after over 35 years of service. In 1948 he began dating Mary Rose Fremgen and they were married in 1949 in Springfield, Il. Dick and Mary had two children, David and Debbie (McQueen), born in 1954 and 1958, respectively. During the 1960's and 1970's, the family enjoyed annual trips to the Western United States, but their favorite place was Arizona. In 1981, Dick and Mary retired and moved to Arizona to be near their two children who had moved to the Phoenix area a few years earlier. Dick and Mary resided in Mesa, AZ during the winter months and the rest of the year in Forest Lakes, AZ in a cabin they had contracted to have built. This new home was their ultimate dream and their "piece of heaven." They loved the tall pines along with the daily sightings of wild animals on their property. Dick helped Mary with the flower beds and planted a large vegetable garden every year; he always shared his abundance of vegetables with their neighbors. They spent 34 Summers in Forest Lakes where Dick enjoyed fishing, hunting, and playing with his grandchildren. Dick was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, earlier this year. They leave behind two children (David and Debbie) and four grandchildren (Jonathan and Courtney Parks and Jason and Michael McQueen). After cremation, there will be a private service for the family in Forest Lakes.
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 10, 2016
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