Richard E. Parks, 78

On Sunday, October 9, 2022, Richard E. Parks, age 78, of New Prague, died peacefully at his daughter’s home with his family at his side after a long struggle with Parkinson’s Disease.  Richard was born on February 1, 1944 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Leonard W. Parks and Freda Cowger.  He grew up in Coyle, OK and at age 18, he joined the US Air Force, serving as an aircraft mechanic.  He served 3 tours in Vietnam and retired as a Master Sgt.  after 22  years of service  to his country.  Richard married his love and best friend, Cheryl George on June 26, 1971 in Derby, Kansas.  He continued his career with McDonnell Douglas/Boeing and finally retired as a slot mechanic manager for Mystic Lake Casino. 

Richard’s children and grandchildren became the center of his life.  He loved nothing more than the time spent with them and was always the first to lend a hand for any need.   Their war hero and role model was a man who’s dedication to family created a dynasty of love.  His gentle smile and kind eyes remain forever etched in their hearts.

 Richard is survived by his wife, Cheryl of New Prague; children, Charlien Cook, Tammitha (Daniel) Upperman, Laura Parks, Richard Parks II, all of New Prague, Robert Parks of Kansas; grandchildren, Alysia (Jeremy) Freschette, Tabbi  (Megan) Upperman, Andrew Cook, Ariel Cook, Tess Halsey-Parks, Monica Cook, Dark “Dawn” Parks, Destiny Parks; great-grandchild, Archer Gray; brother, Gordon (Ayse) Scott of Turkey; sisters, Johnette (Steve) Riggs of Kansas and Jackie Knipple of Tennessee.  He is preceded in death by his parents.

 Private family services will be held.



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