Rev. Raymond F. Parks, 84, of Warren, passed away Monday morning, July 10, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
He was born September 13, 1932 in Williamsburg, PA, a son of Myrl R. and Anna C. (Detwiler) Parks.
Raymond was employed as a machinist for the former Terex division of General Motors in Hudson, OH, for more than 25 years, retiring in 1994. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served during the Korean War.
He married the former Rose M. Eshelman on June 11, 1988. They've shared 29 years of marriage and many happy memories together. She survives him.
Raymond was an ordained minister and a member of the Holy Lamb of God Church in Alliance. He enjoyed fishing and loved his dogs. His greatest joy was spending time with his beloved family.
Besides his wife, Raymond is survived by five children; Karen Parks, of Ravenna, Kathy (William) Nagel, of Atwood Lake, Diane (James) Kruis, of Mantua, Raymond (Toni) Parks, Jr., of Stow, and Darlene (Terrence) Gliha, of Hiram; fifteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren He also leaves behind three stepchildren; Tonya Love, of Warren, Jeffrey (Rhonda) Stump, of Niles, and Frank Fowler, of Columbiana; and two sisters; Winifred (Calvin) Dempsey, of Streetsboro and Harriet Bowser, of Altoona, PA.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, five sisters, and a stepson, James L. Stump.
Funeral services will be held 1 PM Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Carl W. Hall Funeral Home, 533 North Park Ave., Warren, with Pastor Robert Workman officiating.
Friends may call one hour prior to services from noon to 1 PM Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that material contributions be made to the Holy Lamb of God Church, 1805 S. Freedom Ave., Alliance, OH 44601, in Raymond's memory.
This obituary may be viewed and condolences can be sent to the Parks family by visiting www.carlwhall.com.
(Carl W. Hall Funeral Home RC 7-11-17)
I am sorry for the passing of Rev Parks. I knew him from The former Streetsboro COG.