Reverend Richard H. Parks, Jr.

  • Born: September 16, 1941
  • Died: July 27, 2018
  • Location: Elyria, Ohio

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Elyria, OH 44035
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Brother, and Father Figure to Many

Reverend Richard H. Parks, Jr., 76, died following a brief illness at Ames Hospice of the Western Reserve on Friday, July 27, 2018. He was born September 16, 1941. He spent most of his young life in McKeesport, PA. He attended The Fessenden School 5th-8th grade, Valley Forge Military Academy for high school and graduated from Penn State University, State College, PA.
Dick worked in Home Office Administration for several life insurance companies prior to entering the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He was a retired Elder of the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served several churches: Paradise Hill UMC, Ashland, OH; First UMC, Lisbon, OH; Ontario UMC, Ontario, OH; and Lakewood UMC, Lakewood, OH. He also served as a District Superintendent for the Steubenville District, Steubenville, OH.
Upon retirement, he moved with his wife, Elizabeth, to Wesleyan Meadows, where he served as a Chaplain, played Bridge, ping-pong, bowled on their bowling team, participated in men's breakfast, and many other activities. In retirement, he and Liz attended Westlake UMC, then returned to Lakewood UMC upon the arrival of Reverend Dan Bryant, who was a good friend and he looked on him like a son.
Although Dick and Liz had no children of their own, he was a father figure to hundreds of young people. He gave many hours to Junior Achievement, Big Brothers, and Boy Scouts, and to mentoring and teaching children and youth in the church. He also wrote hundreds and hundreds of letters of encouragement to children and youth in the church, and also the youth of the Steubenville District. In addition, he worked tirelessly to raise funds for the Flat Rock Homes for challenged young people.
Dick will be greatly missed by his wife of 43 years, Elizabeth (nee Adamson) Parks.
He was preceded in death by his parents Richard H. and Mary Joy Parks; brothers C. Carson Parks and Benjamin Riley Parks, and niece Hilary Taylor Parks Lane.
He is survived by brother Van Dyke Parks (Sally) and nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Dick's life will be held Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 11am at the Lakewood United Methodist Church, 15700 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH. There will be calling hours on Friday, August 24, 2018 from 2-6pm at Lakewood United Methodist Church. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Flat Rock Homes and Care Center, P.O. Box 1, Flat Rock, OH 44828-0001.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Busch Funeral and Crematory Services, Elyria.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Liz.....I am so sorry to read of Dick's passing. I am continuing to go through my husband, Don Cummings, important papers and found some lovely letters from Dick, a classmate from Fessenden, among his belonging. Although Don is gone for 8 years, his connection to old friends is something that I cherish, and only wish I had found Dick's letters sooner. Now, they are both in heaven, enjoying some smiles about their childhood at Fessenden. My sincere condolences to you.
Eileen Cummings

Posted by Eileen Cummings - Juno Beach, FL - Friend   November 06, 2018

Liz, I am so sorry for your loss. I just found out about Dick's passing.
You and he were such important people in my life while in Cleveland.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Barbara Goga - Johnstown, PA - Friend   August 27, 2018

My friend, you will be missed. I remember you shaking hands with children at Lakewood UMC. You would take their hand and tell them, "Now look me in the eye when you shake my hand. Look me in the eye!" So important.

Liz, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Peace be with your spirit as you begin this next chapter, a really difficult one.

Posted by Heidi and Chuck McDougall - West Park, OH   August 22, 2018


Posted by William Dibbern - North Olmsted, OH   August 18, 2018

In this time of sadness for Liz, I truly believe we know he is in a better place. Even after he left Lakewood United Methodist Church where he baptized both of my children, he kept in touch with them into adulthood and then again at Westlake United Methodist Church and up to the time he went to be with Jesus.
You could not ask for a more friendly, personable, folk than Dick and Liz. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Mary Lou McMahan - Cleveland, OH   August 09, 2018

Dick Parks was the epitome of an excellent pastor, a fine man and a good friend. He exuded faith, hope, love and friendliness in all his living. We loved him dearly and will remember him always. To his loving wife, Liz, also our dear friend, we offer our love, our thoughts and our prayers. We are so sorry for your loss.

Posted by Frederica (Freddie & Irv) Curley - Stow, OH - Friend   August 08, 2018

To the family and friends of Rev. Dr. Richard Parks:
Please accept my condolences and prayers. Dick was the older brother I never had - a confidant, friend, and colleague in ministry. His was a life well lived. He was dedicated to Liz, family, and his ministry. As a pastor he indeed cared for his congregation - the shepherd over his flock. I can think of no better tribute than to strive to live my life with his dedication, commitment, compassion, and sense of humor. Dick, may your spirit find rest, reunion, and comfort in the hands of the Lord. My life is better because I knew you - I will miss you.
Love to all - John Erwin

Posted by John Erwin - Arrington, TN - Friend   August 07, 2018

Dick was one of God's true servants. He made everyone feel special. Liz, we send loving thoughts and our condolences. Carole Andrews and Dick Mercer

Posted by Carole Andrews - Westlake, OH - Friend   August 06, 2018

When I think of what a perfect pastor would be, I immediately think of Dr. Parks. He had the unique ability to be relevant to all, no matter what their age. I think the best example of this is that he could offer the church hall for a high school prom and have it accepted by the youth. My prayers to you Liz in this time of loss.

Posted by Jim Thomas - Cambridge, OH - Friend   August 06, 2018

Dick was a special man. He left our community thirty years ago, but his positive influence lives on in the lives and memories of those of us who were privileged to receive his encouragement as kids (and adults) in the 1980's here in Lisbon. His ministry set a standard that is difficult for anyone else to achieve. He was indeed a father figure to many. Liz, you are loved. I wish you comfort at this difficult time.

Posted by Gregg Weber - Lisbon, OH - Friend   August 06, 2018

Liz, so sorry for your loss! I will keep you in prayers,
Jane Pierson Berry

Posted by Jane Berry - Old Orchard Beach, ME - Friend   August 06, 2018

Van Dyke, please know that I often think of Dick, and the time we spent together in Miami all of those years ago, with both your mother and your father, and the one time we were all together when both you and Carson were home. Liz, I know that you are surrounded by people who will take care of you, but know that I, too, will miss him.

Posted by cindy coleman - Michigamme, MI   August 05, 2018

And what does the Lord require if you but to justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God Micah 6:8. Dr. Parks exemplified this and inspired so many whom he touched in his congregation.

Posted by Marina Velmin - Westlake, OH - Friend   August 05, 2018

Dr. Parks was a wonderful and kind man who changed the lives of many, young and old. We miss him dearly! Our thoughts and prayers go out to his lovely wife, Liz

Posted by Zettler - Galion, OH - Friend   August 05, 2018

My dear Liz What a lovely tribute. My sincere sympathy.Much love Marian

Posted by Marian Parks Muder - Family   August 05, 2018

If there is a next world as you've imagined it, then you are with Ben and my Dad. Give a kiss to Joy for me and get your father to tell one of his jokes. You were one of my favorite Uncles and gave more to my family than you'll know. Or maybe you do. XX's and all to Liz in this time of transition. Loving your life. rp, etc.

Posted by rick parks - los ageles, CA - Family   August 05, 2018

Dear Liz, I am so sorry for your loss. Dick had such an impact on the youth and members of WUMC - he will be greatly missed. Blessings to you and your extended family.

Posted by Sharon and Ron Rennard - Westlake, OH - Family Friend   August 02, 2018

Oh, how we will miss him, his cheerful greeting on Sunday mornings, his many, many acts of kindness. My prayers are with you, Liz.
Love, Tess Stephens

Posted by Tess Stephens - No. Ridgeville, OH - Friend   August 02, 2018

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