Kenneth Alan Parks
Parks, Kenneth Alan
Age 60, passed away at Arbor Hospice in Ann Arbor on December 8 after a brief battle with cancer. Ken was a Vietnam and Iraq veteran and a long-time area resident. The family would like to thank the staff at the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor and at Arbor Hospice who treated Ken with care and dignity during the last days of his life. Ken's last wish was to be cremated and his ashes spread in his beloved Huron River. Please check visit/kenparks for a fuller obituary and to monitor plans for a future memorial service in Ann Arbor.

Published by Ann Arbor News on Dec. 11, 2010.
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A truly great guy and Soldier.
May 29, 2020
Dear Ken Parks' family, I was shocked to see that Ken had passed. My family and I will miss his smiling face. He was always in good spirits, he always seemed to have a fur-friend with him, and was always good with the kids. Mine always wanted to play with the dogs, and always had questions for Ken. He was good with them. I am sorry that we won't see his smiling face around town, but he is at peace and I am sure we will see him again someday, with a big smile and dog at his side.
Sheri Stachlewitz
January 6, 2011
I did not know Ken but was blessed to see that he is a good man that lead a good life here in this world in what he did for others... May God remain with his family as Ken is with God in His Kingdom.
Stephen Camera
December 19, 2010
Ruth and John and family,
Kathy and I were just made aware of Ken's passing this morning. We are shocked and saddened. Ken and I, of course had quite a run in our early days in the Ann Arbor area and that always brought our families closer. I will always remember Ken fondly and know that the good Lord has a solid man flanking him in heaven.
Kathy and I send our love and thanks for Ken's significant friendship.
Craig and Kathy Looney
Craig Looney
December 19, 2010
To my beloved Parks Family: It is just so terribly sad to hear of this form my Father this morning.
Ken had a very formative impact on me during my early years, as well as Tom's.
He taught us the very basics of trapping at that time, and along with that, a lifelong appreciation of what I can appreciate as person in my life Outdoors.
I feel blessed every day; that I can walk my path through life meeting a Ken or someone of such substance along my journey.
My Dear Brother, you've broken the twigs for me, and shown me an everlasting guidance to the Great River!
May God Keep you Close!
Glenn S.Zientarski
December 19, 2010
We at St Luke's, Ypsilanti, will miss Ken as well. He was always so caring and thoughtful. I mailed a poetry book to him, on his request, while he was on active duty.
Marcia McCrary
December 12, 2010
I met Kenny in the summer of '77 in Ann Arbor; Elvis died, then China had a nuclear atmospheric detonation, and together we saw a world change and evolve, and we became friends, and I met a fellow and kindred free spirit for life. We knew each other's family and friends, and we established a friendship that lasted until his death. We had many adventures and expeditions together. Kenny was one of the kindest persons I ever met and knew. I will miss his wit and humor; his tremenous insight in the present. Most of all I will miss our conversations. I saw him, and his sister and brother the day before he passed. Now Kenny is at peace. He will be sadly missed by me and everyone who knew him. Kenny touched so many people, and the memories he left for everyone who knew him will last eternally!! My deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Kenny I will miss you.
Edward N. Rapoport
December 12, 2010
Ken, you will be missed. As one who has had Ken talk in schools with our Vietnam Veterans group, I could count on him to be there when he said he would. Thanks Ken. He was always there at our pig roast to be a major cleanup person. And Jane and I are hoping Shirley is able to move on with her life without Ken being there to take her everywhere he went. Ken you will be missed. We thank our Lord for giving us the time we had with you. I salute you. Jane and John Kinzinger (Commander VFW Post 423).
John Kinzinger
December 12, 2010
I am so sorry to hear of Ken's passing. I was his Prof. at EMU in Philosophy and I got to know him somewhat after he graduated. It makes me feel old when your "children" academically pass before you do--and Ken was one of the best. I'll miss him.
Tom Franks
December 11, 2010
Dear Ken's Family,
Known as the 'sarge' Ken was muched loved by his Marco co-worker's. We laughed while reading his postcards from the field and we appreciated his off beat ways.
As Marco is no more we don't always keep in touch but he will be missed greatly.
Lynn Suits Lamkin
December 11, 2010
We are very sorry to hear of Ken passing away. We will keep Ken family in our prayers.
Members Of VFW Post 423
December 11, 2010
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