Fredrick Lewis Parks

Age 80, of Lansing, formerly an active member of the Swartz Creek area, died November 7, 2012. He was born September 10, 1932, in Lansing, MI.

Fredrick graduated from Lansing Eastern High School in June 1950. He retired from the State of Michigan where he worked for Lic & Reg and Office Service division of the DMB. He was a member of the State Employee Retirees Association. He also served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and later served with Michigan National Guard, where he retired as an E-7 with the 146th Military Police Battalion. Mr. Parks was a member of the American Legion Fisher Body Post #183 and the Morley S. Oates VFW Post #701.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arlin and Lillian (Rodgers) Parks, four brothers and four sisters. Fred is survived by his loving wife, Erma (Mitchell); sons, Michael (Mary) and Scott (Jeannie); daughter, “Turk” Karen; three grandchildren; brother, Arlin; brother-in-law, Lloyd (Barbara) Mitchell; and nieces and nephews, Cindy (Larry) McMurphy, Lloyd Jr. (Mary), Leonard (Amy), Loren (Jill) and Lisa Mitchell (Richard Wilson).

The funeral service, with full military honors, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 12, 2012, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Jennifer Browne of University United Methodist Church officiating. A graveside service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery in Grand Blanc, MI. The family will receive friends from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service on Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Old Newsboys Association.

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Bud Pennell
November 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Connie and I are so sorry for your loss.

Donna Endres-McKee
November 9, 2012 at 9:49 am

Fred Parks is one of the best men I have ever known. It was an honor and a priviledge to have served with him in the 146th MP Bn and to be able to call him “my friend”. I will miss him dearly. Erma I am so sorry for your loss.

Cindy Parks Martin
November 9, 2012 at 10:37 am

Uncle Fred loved his family so much and they meant the world to him. He was always a loving and caring Uncle and I am going to miss him greatly. I have happy memories of him and give thanks that he was able to attend mine and Mark’s 25th wedding renewal. He’s always been there for David and I. Rest in peace Uncle Fred and say hi to Dad! I love you. Aunt Erma, Scott & “Turk” Karen, may God wrap His loving arms around you and give you peace.

Ruth Conley
November 9, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. Fred was a great man. He certainly will be missed by lots of people.

Ron Smith
November 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I am sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. Everyone in the Parks family was very kind to my mother (and all of us children) over the years.

I haven’t kept up contact with family members as I should, but I did have a chance to talk with Fred a couple of years ago about our Uncle Willie and I enjoyed that conversation very much.

Marsha Mathews
November 11, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Fred and I worked together at DMB for many years. He was a great man. He and Erma always came back after retirement to help with the Old Newsboy. My thoughts are with your family.


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