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Robert Louis Parks

Robert Louis Parks passed away Easter Sunday from natural causes. Born Dec. 12, 1932 in Keokuk, Ia. died March 27, 2016 in Torrance.
He is survived by his ex-wife, Helen Guna-Parks; children, Richard Lee Parks, Theresa Louise Parks and Jeffrey Louis Parks; and grandson, Nathaniel Ryan Parks. He was the last surviving member of his mother Helen Minnie (Parks) Phipps (remarried to Leland Phipps), and father Kenneth Parks, sister Zeela (Parks) Hutchison, sister Phyllis (Parks) Lovvell, brother James Parks.
Robert, or Bob, as most people called him, grew up in a small Midwest town of Keokuk (Key-o-cook) Iowa - the south east corner of the state along the Mississippi River. His parents divorced when he was a young teenager. Being the elder of his siblings, he found himself taking on the roll of the man of the house. A roll which would find him working to help out and to help look after his brother and sisters. That and growing up during WWII would help shape him up into a fairly conservative person.
At 18 years old, he joined the US Navy and served on the SS Burton Island Icebreaker. He served 4 honorable years before his discharge. He was stationed in Long Beach, California. It was there at the Pike where he met his wife, Helen.
After working different jobs, he landed a career at Texaco, ultimately becoming an electrician for the company. He retired after 32 years of dedicated service. During his career at Texaco, he found himself becoming more involved in the local union OCAW-1-128 and served different positions.
In his early twenties, his family grew from husband and wife to family of five. When not working, he loved the ocean and would spend much time with his family at the beach. He loved to fish and eventually took up scuba diving, joining the Aqua Ghosts dive club. He spent time with his children and supported them in their athletic/academic activities. Being a brave person, he took up snow skiing with his children.
In the late seventies, Bob and his wife had battled and survived cancer. They were involved with Make Today Count where they volunteered their time for the support of others who were dealing with it.
Bob had a Siberian husky Natasha that he loved till her passing on. But, as he had retired, he was given a new husky pup Mekiah, as he had all sorts of free time on his hands. Mekiah was special, because she owned him.
He rode in the wake of Jesus Christ up to the kingdom of heaven Easter Sunday 3/27/2016. Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 1pm. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
Published in Daily Breeze on May 13, 2016
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