Kenneth Rulon Parks, 87, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. He was under the care of Idaho Home Health and Hospice.
Kenneth was born July 26, 1925, at Riverside to Rulon Parks and Martha VanOrden Parks. He graduated from Moreland High School in 1943.
Kenneth is a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army in a horse calvary/ pack artillery unit.
After returning home, Kenneth and his father rode in the Bingham County Mounted Sheriff's Posse on their palomino horses.
In 1947, apostle Harold B. Lee set Kenneth apart to serve a mission to the Western Canada Mission, which included Alberta and Saskatchewan.
In May 1950, Kenneth married Marva Hancock in the Idaho Falls Temple. They lived in Moreland and later in Shelley, where they raised their eight children. Kenneth and Marva were married nearly 40 years prior to her death.
In November 1990, Kenneth married Gail Gilchrist in the Idaho Falls Temple. They served as temple ordinance workers and a full-time mission in Kentucky in 1996 to 1997. They moved to Ammon in 2001.
Kenneth enjoyed gardening, welding, fishing and helping other people. His work history included farming, selling insurance, preparing income taxes, landscaping and tree pruning, and as a U.S. rural mail carrier.
Kenneth served in many Scouting positions over 65 years, including Scoutmaster and Order of the Arrow leader. In 2005, he was honored with the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award.
Kenneth was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as a counselor in the branch presidency at Junction City, Kan., Blackfoot Stake Young Men's presidency, ward clerk for four bishops in Shelley, ward mission leader and three stake missions.
Kenneth loved spending time with family. He enjoyed going to the Parks, VanOrden and Hancock reunions.
Survivors include his wife, Gail Parks of Ammon; daughters, Sheila (Wes) Stone of Chubbuck, Andrea (Kurt) Gower of Chubbuck, Nythel Fowler of Pocatello and Janean (Tim) White of Chubbuck.; sons, Edward (Debbie) Parks of Ballwin, Mo., Lorin (Shawnna) Parks of West Jordan, Utah, Darryl (Elisa) Parks of Ballwin, Mo., and Richard (Katie) Parks of Idaho Falls; two stepsons, Mark and James Gilchrist; 25 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and his sister, Delores (Marvin) Pitman of Pocatello.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lorna Benson and Verla Sasser; brothers, Marvin, Clifford, Dean and Raymond Parks; his first wife, Marva; their sons, Gordon and Robert; and a granddaughter, Christine Stone.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Central Ammon Ward Chapel, 3000 Central Ave. in Ammon. The family will visit with friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today and at 10 a.m. Saturday, both at the church. Burial will be at Shelley Hillcrest Cemetery with military rites by David B. Bleak Post 93 assisted by the Idaho Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the direction of Nalder Funeral Home.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.nalderfuneralhome.com..