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In Memory of

Leonard Dean Parks

April 18, 1931 - March 10, 2017

Obituary


Leonard D. Parks was born April 18th, 1931, to Helen (Fender) and Lee Parks, in Lansing, MI. He passed away quietly and peacefully Friday, March 10, with his family at his side. His life was an amazing collage of people, activities, and memorable events, as well as just quiet, thoughtful times with his family and friends over the years.
He graduated from Lansing Eastern High School in 1949, joining the US Navy that same year. He served his country honorably and was discharged in 1955. He was the owner of Wolverton, Inc. for many...

Leonard D. Parks was born April 18th, 1931, to Helen (Fender) and Lee Parks, in Lansing, MI. He passed away quietly and peacefully Friday, March 10, with his family at his side. His life was an amazing collage of people, activities, and memorable events, as well as just quiet, thoughtful times with his family and friends over the years.
He graduated from Lansing Eastern High School in 1949, joining the US Navy that same year. He served his country honorably and was discharged in 1955. He was the owner of Wolverton, Inc. for many years, enjoying a natural business acumen, which included longtime associates and friendships in his industry made through the years. He was a pilot, who enjoyed flying his plane both for business as well as pleasure. An avid outdoorsman, he loved fishing, hunting, boating, camping and all sorts of other sports that he often shared with his family, and/or friends. Fishing was his most favored activity and he spent many happy hours and days on various waters all over the country! It is doubtful there was another person who knew how to fish better than LD, and loved it more. He was a member of the Country Club of Lansing for almost 3 decades and loved the golf and social community shared there with many other business people of our area. Riding Harleys and traveling around the country on the seat of one was another example of his 'zest for life', something he loved to do with his wife and friends of the HOG groups. LD would light up any room into which he walked, had multitudes of friends, many of whom have already gone ahead of him, so their reunions must be something to behold. He loved his years and winters spent in Maui and Florida, and often expressed a desire to return ASAP.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca; sons, Jerry L. (Terry) Parks, Perry A. (Heidi) Parks, 4 wonderful grandchildren, Travis, Aaron (Jessica), Hana (Will Carpenter), and Haley, and one great-granddaughter, Aubrey. His sister, Janet Darling and many other family members, nieces, nephews and cousins are left with a deep loss now experienced by all who love him. He will be missed more than words can express, but we know he is happy and healthy again in his new life. Contributions in memory and honor of LD may be directed to: Great Lakes Caring Hospice 900 Cooper St. Jackson, MI 49202.The family would like to express our deep appreciation to the hospice nurse, and the aide, who so lovingly and professionally cared for him the last few days of his life. A private family service will be held later this spring. WE LOVE YOU, LD!!!!
The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, DeWitt Chapel. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.grdewitt.com
Arrangements under the direction of Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, DeWitt, MI.