James Parks

James Parks


James K. Parks, born December 15, 1932 in Grand Rapids to Richard and Berenice (Churcott) Parks, passed away on June 23, 2015. He was 82 years old. Jim kept his marvelous sense of humor right up to the end.

During the Korean War Jim was stationed in Tokyo. He and a friend went duck hunting on the Sea of Japan during his years in the Army. He enjoyed a lifetime of hunting and fishing throughout Michigan and in Wyoming. Jim loved children, particularly his grandkids. He would lovingly tease them and then dazzle them with his winning smile. Jim loved motorcycling and went on trips to the Blue Ridge Parkway and Highway 1 in California.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, the former Marlene Zimmerman, whom he married January 24, 1959 in Windsor, Ontario; his children, Jeff (Diane) Parks of Grandville, Marianne Morgan of Traverse City and Beth Parks (Keith Doezema) of Martin; eight grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Eric Parks, Megan Parks, Jacob Morgan, Emily Morgan-Ellis (Taylor Ellis), Benjamin Morgan, Brian Doezema, Alissa Doezema and Sahrie Doezema; and a great-granddaughter, Elena. He is also survived by his siblings, Robert (Retta) Parks, Gloria Medendorp, Richard (Sherry) Parks and Diane Murphy.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Donna, Marge and Jean.

Cremation has taken place and a service for James will be held in late July. Contributions in memory of Jim may be made to WVGR-Radio, Michigan Radio, 535 W. William St., Suite 110, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 or WGVU-TV, 301 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids, MI  49504.

Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com


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  1. Betsy Lutes says:

    Marlene, Jeff, Marianne and Beth and family,
    Sorry for you loss, may you keep your memories of your dad alive in your heart always. My thoughts are and prayers go out to you and your family.
    Betsy Lutes

  2. Bill Pennington says:

    My Family’s condolences go out to all of Jim’s Family.

    As Jim’s cousin and friend since we were infants, I know Jim had a very full and fruitful life. I will always cherish my memories of our adventures with Eric, Linda, and Sue – our dogs. Oh, so very many other memories……Thank You for everything Jim, Goodbye.

  3. Carl and Gina Russell says:

    Beth and family,

    We are sorry for your lose. I didn’t know Beth’s dad but i feel like i did by the great stories she would tell at the break table about things he had said or done when she was over to visit.. He is where Beth gets her great sense of humor for sure. You are in our thoughts.

    Carl and Gina

  4. Gloria Parks/Medendorp says:

    I am full of sadness that my brother has gone. His smile could, would and did charm anyone within it’s range. He was a great guy. He really loved that motorcycle and enjoyed riding it while listening to Opera. He was complex and loved to tease. Jim, will be missed by many.

  5. Ella Mae Kolk says:

    Dear Marlene and family, My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Jim’s big smile and “hardy laugh” will always stay with me! May God give you His comfort and His strength as you all walk this painful road. With sympathy and love, Ella Mae

  6. Marlene & Family,
    Sorry for your loss. We have some good riding memories with you. Music & laughter; that was Jimmy.

  7. Richard Williams and Bill Noren says:

    Marlene and Family. So sorry to hear about Jim. I have many fond memories of Jimmy from all those Christmases we spent together in Windsor. He was the life of all those parties and he will be missed.

  8. Dick and Sylvia Davis says:

    Marlene, Jeff, Marianne, Beth and families. We are sorry for your loss but remember the good times playing cards and the camping trip. Looking back it was great times with good friends. We will miss him

  9. Terry Beia says:


    Now I see where you got your million dollar SMILE!!

    Hopefully all of the fond memories that you shared with dear old dad will help comfort you through this difficult time.


  10. Judy(Warner)Krebs says:

    Marlene an family,
    Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

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