MADISON/WYOCENA-Robert John Parks, Sr., age 89, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016.

He was born on June 24, 1927, in Hollandale, the son of Peter and Marcella (Hand) Parks. Bob served in the U.S. Army 25th Infantry division for seven years, serving in Japan for five years and Korea for two years. He married Suzanne Askey on Feb. 6, 1952, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Madison.

Bob was a police officer for Monona Police Department for 24 years and the Arkansas Van Buren Sheriff's Department for eight years. He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, VFW Post No. 7591, American Legion and a former member of Wisconsin Professional Police Association. Bob was a volunteer firefighter for Monona Fire Department for 22 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, the outdoors, and spending time with family.

Bob is survived by his children, Robert (Charlene) Parks of Monona, James (Brenda) Parks of Sneedville, Tenn., Gerry Parks of Madison, Cathy (Dan) Wagner of Columbus and Tim (Laura) Parks of Waterbury, VT.; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; brother, Paul Parks of Shorewood Hills; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother; wife, Sue; son, Randall; step-mother, Rose Parks; daughter-in-law, Claudette; brother, Donald Parks; sisters-in-law, Esther McMahon, Marj Askey and Lucille Parks; and brother-in-law, Bob Askey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5101 Schofield St., Monona, at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, with Father Chad Droessler presiding. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park with military rites conducted. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, and at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dementia and Alzheimer's Alliance of Wisconsin, American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society. The family would like say a special thank you to all of Bob's caregivers for the last 14 years at Larson House in Columbus, Prairie Gardens in Sun Prairie and Columbia County Health Care Center in Wyocena.

"We are so happy that he and Sue are now together again."

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive