Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
James "Jim" Parks of Park Rapids died Monday, March 14, 2011, at St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids. He was 71.
A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at Jones-Pearson Funeral Home in Park Rapids with Rev. Lee Kantonen officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Interment was at the Greenwood Cemetery in Park Rapids.
James D. Parks was born Sept. 22, 1939, to Esther Long in Osage. He was raised by Esther and Buster Long in Arago Townshop north of Park Rapids where his family owned and operated the Arago Truck Stop. Jim attended Park Rapids High School.
Upon completion of his schooling he ventured to Grand Marais where he worked as a lumberjack. Jim then moved to Minneapolis where he gained employment with the Gold Medal Beverage Company. He married Barbara Miegel Sept. 30, 1960, and they had three daughters, Debbie, Sandy and Joan. They made their home in Mounds View and later in South Haven.
Jim was a member of the Sheet Metal Local Union 10. He was most recently employed by the Naegele Outdoor Advertising Company.
Jim and Barb were members of the Dry Riders Motorcycle Club in Moose Lake. In 1986, Jim was in a motorcycle accident that left him with a physical disability. His spirit was strong and, with the help of his family, he continued to ride on a tricycle motorcycle. By their 25th wedding anniversary, Jim and Barb had visited 25 states.
He loved the outdoors, especially when he could be deer hunting. He also enjoyed fishing. Most of all, he treasured being with his family.
Jim was preceded in death by his mother and his son-in-law Ken Smith, both in 1994.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Barb Parks of Park Rapids; his father Buster Long of Park Rapids; daughters Debbie Reinert (and Arnie Terwey) of St. Joseph, Sandy (and Brian) Ophus of Hutchinson, and Joan (and Dan) Schmitz of Eden Valley; six grandchildren: Craig (and Tanya) Reinert, Randy (and Tabitha) Reinert, Tony Smith (and Kate Henning), Marvin Schmitz, Robin (and Josh) Heinz, and Nicholas Schmitz; and several great-grandchildren, other relatives, and many friends.
Military Honors were by the Star of the North Marine Corps League. Casket bearers were Tony Smith, Craig Reinert, Randy Reinert, Marvin Schmitz, Nicholas Schmitz, and Brian Ophus. Honorary casket bearers were Robin Schmitz, Thomas Terwey, and Ashley Terwey.