FREDERICKTOWN — Harold E. Parks, 87, of Fredericktown passed away Saturday, July 28, 2018, at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was born Feb. 19, 1931, in Lewisburg to the late Elmer and Geneva (Schlotterbeck) Parks.
Harold was a 1949 graduate of Monroe High School in West Manchester. He was drafted in the Army during the Korean War and earned the rank of Sergeant 1st Class. After his military service, Harold worked for Crosely Refrigeration from 1953-1955 and moved to Eaton where he became a dairy farmer from 1955 to 1992. In 1972, he purchased a farm in Knox County and continued his dairy farming and then in 1992 went into grain farming. Harold was a faithful member of Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, a charter member of the V.F.W. Post 7671, a member of the American Legion Post #500 and the Fredericktown Senior Citizens. In June of 2014, Harold participated in an Honor Flight to Washington, DC.
Harold is survived by his wife, Helen (Herrmann) Parks, whom he married Aug. 25, 1951; daughters, Mary Ann (William) Glick of Newark, LuAnn (Mario) Davenport of Cleveland, Elaine (Tom) Freer of Fredericktown and Amy (Ryan) House of Mount Vernon; sons, Anthony “Tony” (Carol Sue) Parks of Spencer, Michael “Mike” (Mary Jane) Parks of Mount Vernon, Nicholas (Patricia) Parks of Round Rock, Texas, and Dean (Dawn) Parks of Mount Vernon; 11 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Eleanor Hanna of Utica and Jeanne Milholland of Colorado Springs, Colorado; numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeanine Parks; a son, Steven Parks; sister, Bertie Smith; and brothers, Vernon, Ray and Lee Parks.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Snyder Funeral Home, 33 E. College St., Fredericktown. The Rosary will be recited after the visitation.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Father Daniel Olvera as the Celebrant. Burial will be held in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Military honors will be provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council after the Mass on the church grounds.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Harold E. Parks.