Francis “Frank” Parks, age 87 of Lake Delton, Wisconsin passed away peacefully in the comfort of his own home with his loving family by his side Saturday, June 28, 2014.
The Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 314 East Street, Baraboo, Wisconsin with Father Jay Poster celebrating. Visitation will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. There also will be a Celebration of Life Gathering at the VFW Post 7591 on Cottage Grove Rd., Madison on Tuesday, July 8 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm.
Frank was born July 12, 1926 in Dodgeville, Wisconsin the son of George and Della (Paradis) Parks, Sr. He graduated from Hollandale H.S. in 1944 & joined the US Army that same year. He served in the Pacific Theatre & Japan during WWII and was honorably discharged on July 22, 1947. While working at Oscar Mayer & Co. he met the love of his life, the girl next door, Mary V. Collins. They were united in marriage on January 28, 1948 in Madison, WI. He then went into business opening a Standard Oil Co. Service Station & Auto Business. He also owned & operated a Shell Oil Co & Service Station, an Amoco Service Station and an Auto Parts Store in Oregon. After retiring from his business he drove trucks for Brinks to keep busy and finally stopped working at the age of 82. Frank had many interest's including doing Fire & Safety at local Race Tracks and watching Nascar Racing. He served on the McFarland Fire Dept. for 11 years and then the Oregon Fire Dept. for 5 years.
Frank is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary; children, James (Lynn), Richard (Jean), Debra (Rockey) Wilson, Patricia (Kevin) Kalhagen and Rosanne (Russ) Slinde; 12 grandchildren & 12 great-grandchildren; brothers, George Parks Jr. and Paul (Sandy) Becker; daughter in law, Lynne Parks, many relatives & friends. Preceding him in death were his parents; step father, Wilfred Becker; son, Frank Jr., sister, Mary Emerling; and brother and sister in law, Thomas (Mary) Parks.
Frank’s family would like to thank the fine doctors & nurses at St. Clare Hospital and Lori from Hospice for their care.