Arthur E. Parks
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Arthur E. Parks, known as Gene, 86, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 3:55 am at St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana. Gene was born on August 30, 1926 in Russiaville, IN to William Heber and Blanche (Morrison) Parks.
He was married to Wilma Small on July 18, 1970. They resided in Russiaville, IN., where they were members of the Main Street Christian Church. Wilma passed away on September 11, 2010.
Survivors include three half-nieces, Linda Gary and Ann Quintero, both of Lubbock, TX, and Carole McNeal of Gainesville, GA; cousins Jean (Lindley) Savage of Evansville, IN., Mildred (Morrison) Gaylor of Carmel, IN., and Jacqueline Weybrant of Kokomo, IN., a half-cousin, Kenneth "Buddy" Parks of Temple Terrace, Florida. A half brother, James R. Hodshire, preceded him in death on April 9, 1997 in Amarillo, Texas. Other survivors include members of the local Ratcliff, Snow, and Sturdevant families.
Gene graduated from Russiaville High School in 1945 and served one year in the Navy. He earned the Bachelor of Physical Education degree (1950) and Master of Physical Education degree (1955) from Purdue. He earned state certification as a Director of Guidance, Principal, and Superintendent of Schools.
Gene taught mathematics and coached at New Waverly High School (Cass County), Camden High School (Carroll County), Western High School (Howard County), and Maple Crest Middle School (Kokomo). He served as Principal of Gilead High School (Miami County) in 1957-1958 and as Athletic Director of Western High School from 1958-1964. He was the baseball coach at Western High School and he added golf and cross-country to the athletic program. He assisted in getting football started there and with the addition of several athletic facilities.
Gene was Assistant Principal (Curriculum) at Kokomo High School from 1968 to 1984, and Vice Principal (Curriculum) at Kokomo High School from 1984 to 1988. He initiated the academic "K" award at Kokomo High School, and the G.E.D. program in Kokomo. He retired on June 30, 1988 after serving 38 years in education.
Gene held life-time memberships in the National Education Association and the Phi Delta Kappa education fraternity. Other professional memberships include the Indiana Association of School Principals, Indiana Retired Teachers Association, and the Howard County Retired Teachers Association.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Gene Parks Scholarship at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 pm Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Stout & Son Funeral Home 200 E. Main St. Russiaville with Rev. Tom Cox and Rev. Steve Bishop officiating services. Burial will follow at Russiaville Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 7 pm on Saturday at the funeral home. Arrangements have been entrusted with Stout & Son Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.stoutandson.com.
Stout & Son Funeral Home
200 E Main St Russiaville, IN 46979
Published in the Journal & Courier from May 16 to May 17, 2013