Parks, John W. age 69, passed away Tuesday, August 27th in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. John was born in Waco Texas, May 31, 1944, the son of Ernest and Doris (Dulin) Parks. His early childhood was spent in Madison, Wisconsin where he had fond memories of singing in the All-City Boys' Choir. The family moved to Aurora and John attended East Aurora schools. After graduating from East Aurora High School in 1962, John worked for a time as a draftsman at Richard-Wilcox. He later became engaged in the overhead door business as sales and service manager for McKee and General Overhead Door companies. John was also a realtor in the Aurora area. John married Linda Kaye Vaughn April 12, 1964, a marriage spanning 44 years, until her death, February 22, 2008. At the end of his life John entered into a brief, but happy union with classmate and long time friend Sue Gilla. John had a life- long love for reading , once reflecting that he didn't know what he would do if he couldn't read. He also enjoyed music, especially jazz. John was at home in the kitchen, where he loved using the latest gadgets to whip up original dishes and treats. Peppers were his passion. John told many entertaining fishing stories, but his enduring interest was in golf. He took particular pleasure playing the game with his sons and grandson. John served as president of the Emmanuel Lutheran congregation in the 1970s and 80s. More recently John served as a trustee of the Fourth Street United Methodist Church. He was an active participant in the music program and bowled on the church league. John served as a member of the East Aurora Class of '62 Reunion Committee for over 30 years. John was preceded in death by his parents and wife Linda. He was reunited with his sister Patricia (Donald) Kerl, who passed September 5, 2013, just nine days after her brother John. John is survived by his sons Martin (Mary), of Aurora, Stephen (Dana) of Naperville, and Robert, of North Aurora, his sister Mona ( Robert) Hafner of Sun City, Arizona, brother-in-law Donald (Patricia) Kerl of Mazomaine, Wisconsin, Jon Vaughn of North Aurora, Ruthann (Michael) Gregg of Prestcott, Arizona, and Jane (John) Baine of Sesser, Illinois, partner Sue Gilla of Aurora, grand children Alexander (A.J.), Zachary and Casey Parks of Naperville, Christine (Michael) Houdak, James Lenning, Ronald Lenning II, Joseph Nelson and great-grand children Ashton Houdak and Ronald Lenning III, all of Aurora, and many nieces nephews, and extended family. A memorial service is planned for Sunday, October 13th, 1 P.M., at the Fourth Street United Methodist Church in Aurora, Rev. Deborah Tinsley Taylor officiating. A reception and time for sharing will be held in the church dining hall immediately following the service.
Published in Beacon News on Oct. 6, 2013