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OBITUARY

Glenn F. Parks

February 9, 1936July 3, 2020
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Glenn Franklin Parks of Independence, Missouri, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020, at the age of 84. He humbly carried the cross of Parkinson’s disease, and after several years of declining health, he died peacefully at his home with his beloved wife Joan, their children, and his brother Jack by his side. Glenn was loved dearly and will forever be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandpa and grandpa-great. Glenn and Joan were married on June 22, 1957 and recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary together. They were blessed with four children: Kyle, Becky, Karen, and Rhonda, 13 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren. Glenn was born February 9, 1936 in Appleton City, Missouri, to Robert and Hattie (Holland) Parks. He graduated from Appleton City High School, where he was a standout football player. He went on to study engineering at Central Technical Institute in Kansas City. He started his career at Honeywell and later moved on to AT&T, where he continued to work until he retired in 1989. After retirement, Glenn stayed busy running his real estate investment business, traveling and enjoying time with his family.

Family was incredibly important to Glenn, and many of his favorite activities revolved around it. He was always ready to gather with friends and family for fun times and the first to offer help to whoever needed it. He and Joan enjoyed traveling across the U.S., and one of their favorite destinations was Hawaii. He also enjoyed camping and boating with his family and friends and hunting with his son, Kyle. He and Joan established an annual vacation to Table Rock Lake for their ever growing Parks family and 50 years later, this continues to be a tradition that all his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren look forward to. For nearly 20 years, they spent their winters in Casa Grande, Arizona, and they met many wonderful friends who became like their family.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Hattie Parks, his siblings: Gladden Parks, Esther Jones, Clester Parks, Doris Short and Kenneth Parks; his son-in-law, Steve Rellihan; and his great-great grandson Levi Bosack. He is survived by his wife, Joan; his children: Kyle (Cheryl), Becky Rellihan, Karen (Steve) Sherwood, and Rhonda (Paul) Smith; his brothers: Keith and Jack, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

He was vibrant, full of life, love and laughter and loved to tease people. He was always ready to gather with friends and family for fun times! He showed us how to live a good life filled with generosity and love and how to die with courage, grace and dignity. He will forever be in our hearts, memories, and prayers.

A private visitation for immediate family will be held Friday, July 10. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, at St. Marks Catholic Church, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Rd, in Independence followed by a graveside service at St. Mary’s Cemetery, SW 700 Rd, in Montrose estimated to be at 1:00 PM. A Celebration of Life luncheon will be served for family and friends at Ann Knight’s pond pavilion near Appleton City on Highway A. The family suggests any memorial contributions be made to St. Mary’s Grade School, 608 Kansas Avenue, Montrose, MO 64770. Please reference the Glenn Parks Memorial.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, face masks will be required, along with social distancing. The funeral service will be live streamed on McGilley Sheil's facebook page. Just log on to Facebook and search for McGilley Sheil.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, July 11, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Saturday, July 11, 2020

Memories

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Nichole Smith

July 31, 2020

Growing up Grandpa seemed invincible and larger than life, there was nothing he couldn't do. As an adult, I now know it was the choices he made which gave him those attributes: to advocate for his loved ones and make the life experiences of his family a priority. Our holidays at Grandma and Grandpa's and trips to Pomme and Tablerock are memories I will always treasure, not only for the laughs and fun, but also the loving example of a life well-lived. Thank you Grandpa.

Jenny Saitz

July 19, 2020

Grandpa and Grandma have always been the cornerstone of our family. I'm so thankful they have set us up to be so close with our aunts, uncles, and cousins. Our week long trip to Table Rock Lake each year, that still continues even now as the grandchildren are all adults with children themselves, is just one of the ways you have brought us all together. We are so lucky to have a family that we truly enjoy to be with!

Some of my best memories with Grandpa were at Pomme de Terre or Table Rock Lake. My cousins and I were relentless and never tired of going on the boat-tubing or skiing. There are so many memories of us holding onto the tube for dear life as Grandpa tried to fling us off with one of the boat's famous T.A.T.s. I love how Grandpa was able to be silly and have a good time with us as kids. One year at the lake we decided we should have a tubing tournament. We proposed that one of the winners would get to throw chocolate pudding on Grandpa. Much to our surprise he agreed! I can still see him standing in the doorway of the cabin dripping in chocolate pudding with a huge grin on his face!

Lisa Smith

July 13, 2020

Thank you for being such an inspiration to the whole family. You created such a beautiful family and made some amazing memories and traditions. I am truly blessed to be a part of this family and have always looked forward to any Parks gatherings.

Seth Smith

July 11, 2020

Grandpa loved spending time with his grandchildren and because of that many of our fondest memories growing up involve him and Grandma. Summer time at the lake with the grandparents was the best and when I think of the lake two stories always come to mind.
I will always remember riding the wave runner with Grandpa, and getting caught in a storm on Table Rock Lake. We tried getting back to the dock but were being pelted by the rain. I’m sure we looked like quite a sight pulling into a random dock to wait out the storm, Grandpa with his button up shirt (not sure if it was on top of his life jacket or not) and me huddled up behind him for shelter.
The second lake story I will always remember was at Pomme de Terre. Grandpa and Grandma brought Tara, Shelby, and me to the lake. As we were unloading and Grandpa was setting up the camper Grandma told him “Don’t hurt yourself.” A couple minutes later we heard a bang and choice word or two and without missing a beat Grandma says “Glenn I told you not to hurt yourself!”
We miss you but you will always live in our memories.

James Musil

July 10, 2020

I worked under Glenn at AT&T about 1980. He was a friend and a mentor to me. I enjoyed my work and our association.

James Musil

Rhonda Smith

July 10, 2020

I pray everyone who knew and loved Dad will remember him as he was before Parkinson’s robbed him of his physical strength. He was vibrant, full of life, love and laughter and always ready to gather with friends and family for fun times. Always the first to offer help to whoever needed it.
His life was definitely a life well lived! I’ll always remember how he bravely faced his diagnosis. He once told me at the beginning of his illness he was “just the unlucky guy who drew the short straw”. As the disease progressed and took his eyesight, he commented to me although he wasn’t happy to have Parkinson’s and wouldn’t wish it on anyone, he realized his fight with this disease had brought him much closer to God, which he liked. I was privileged to get to share in part of his faith journey in a small way as we had the same spiritual director and made the trip to see her together several times. I will treasure this gift of time spent with him and our conversations about our faith journeys forever in my heart. I’ll never forget the steadfast dedication our mother has shown through his illness. She vowed to keep him at home and her commitment to him was a beautiful example of unconditional love. Her faith has given her an inner strength I think even she did not know she had. I also pray you will remember how he courageously dealt with the effects of Parkinson’s as it progressed. Never complaining or getting angry about the physical limitations it forced upon him. He was truly inspiring to me and will forever be my hero. He showed us all how to live a good life and how to die with courage, grace, and dignity as a beloved child of God. I hope I have learned the lessons he wanted to teach me while he was here on earth and I pray I will continue to listen to his guidance from heaven as he is now happily part of the communion of saints that inspire and guide us.
Dad can truly now say: I fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.
Love,
Rhonda

Lindsay Martin

July 9, 2020

Thank you Grandpa, for always asking me about school, for creating a lake tradition that holds my dearest childhood memories, for showing us generosity and the value of hard work, for always making sure the gas cans were full so we could play all day at the lake. Thank you for your endearing altered pronunciations of names and words (like RAllihan 🥰). Thank you for saying “I love you” when Parkinson’s left you barely a voice and for teaching me how to suffer with grace and always have faith in God. My earliest memories are riding with you and Grandma to the lake and always stopping at McDonald’s for pancakes; as well as countless memories hanging out in your camper with Grandma who never said “no” to a snack....And...I just found out that the Smartie jar was always full because of you! Thanks to you and Grandma for caring so much. We have missed you and will continue to miss you but we will continue your legacy. I hope you’re playing your best hand of pitch with Uncle Steve in heaven!

Laura Parks Schussler

July 9, 2020

Faith, hope, and love were the good things he gave us...and the greatest is love.” -Alan Jackson

We had the best. My Grandpa showed me how to be successful in life while sharing it with others, how to give, how to love and raise a family, how to be smart but not take life too seriously, and most importantly how to bear your cross. He fought a hard battle but never complained. Parkinson’s never took away his wit and his spirit.

This past week he reassured my faith in his timing to leave us, all together in our favorite place in the world, the lake. And though he will always be missed, I am thankful he is no longer suffering. Instead he is now traveling the world, playing in lots of pitch tournaments, doing some major “TAT’s” (tight *** turns) in his boat on heavens lake 😉, and watching all the reruns of the Royals, Chiefs, and Tigers games he wasn’t able to actually see these last few years.

I will forever be grateful for the love, support, and family he gave me, and for showing me how to be a true Tiger fan. If you could only see his hat collection... 🖤💛

Love you and thank you for all you have given us, Grandma and Grandpa!

Brent Mason

July 8, 2020

I greatly respected uncle Glenn’s remarks, comments and decisions every since I was a youngster. Approximately 12 years ago my wife and I purchased a horse trailer off the internet, and had it delivered to Glen and Joans, which then they delivered it to South Dakota. I tried to do all my homework on this trailer, but it was still a site unseen purchase. When the trailer got to Independence, MO. and I called uncle Glen, all he needed to say to me was”I don’t know what you paid for that trailer, but it looks pretty nice , so I naturally told him the price tag, and I think he could see me smile all the way up in South Dakota, when he said you did all right on your purchase. I can remember that conversation word for word to this day, because when Uncle Glenn gave his approval you knew things were going to be ok! I have many other fond memories of Uncle Glenn,(or The Governor as my dad called him) but those are for another time. God Bless you Uncle Glen! Many prayers to the Parks family!

brien oneill

July 8, 2020

Glenn left a huge footprint on the world, impacting so many lives for the better. He will be greatly missed by all of those of us who knew and loved him. Condolences to his large and wonderful family.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Glenn was the son Robert and Hattie Parks
Born February 9, 1936

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

He played football for the Appleton City High School Bulldogs

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

1954 Graduate from Appleton City High School

FROM THE FAMILY

Married Joan Strope on June 22, 1957

FROM THE FAMILY

He was a proud young dad of Kyle

Biography

Glenn Franklin Parks of Independence, Missouri, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020, at the age of 84. He humbly carried the cross of Parkinson’s disease, and after several years of declining health, he died peacefully at his home with his beloved wife Joan, their children, and his brother Jack by his side. Glenn was loved dearly and will forever be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandpa and grandpa-great. Glenn and Joan were married on June 22, 1957 and recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary together. They were blessed with four children: Kyle, Becky, Karen, and Rhonda, 13 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.
Glenn was born February 9, 1936 in Appleton City, Missouri, to Robert and Hattie (Holland) Parks.
He graduated from Appleton City High School, where he was a standout football player. He went on to study engineering at Central Technical Institute in Kansas City. He started his career at Honeywell and later moved on to AT&T, where he continued to work until he retired in 1989. After retirement, Glenn stayed busy running his real estate investment business, traveling and enjoying time with his family.

Family was incredibly important to Glenn, and many of his favorite activities revolved around it. He was always ready to gather with friends and family for fun times and the first to offer help to whoever needed it. He and Joan enjoyed traveling across the U.S., and one of their favorite destinations was Hawaii. He also enjoyed camping and boating with his family and friends and hunting with his son, Kyle. He and Joan established an annual vacation to Table Rock Lake for their ever growing Parks family and 50 years later, this continues to be a tradition that all his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren look forward to. For nearly 20 years, they spent their winters in Casa Grande, Arizona, and they met many wonderful friends who became like their family.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Hattie Parks, his siblings: Gladden Parks, Esther Jones, Clester Parks, Doris Short and Kenneth Parks; his son-in-law, Steve Rellihan; and his great-great grandson Levi Bosack. He is survived by his wife, Joan; his children: Kyle (Cheryl), Becky Rellihan, Karen (Steve) Sherwood, and Rhonda (Paul) Smith; his brothers: Keith and Jack, and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends.

He was vibrant, full of life, love and laughter and loved to tease people. He was always ready to gather with friends and family for fun times! He showed us how to live a good life filled with generosity and love and how to die with courage, grace and dignity. He will forever be in our hearts, memories, and prayers.

A private visitation for immediate family will be held Friday, July 10. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, at St. Marks Catholic Church, 3736 S. Lee’s Summit Rd, in Independence followed by a graveside service at St. Mary’s Cemetery, SW 700 Rd, in Montrose estimated to be at 1:00 PM. A Celebration of Life luncheon will be served for family and friends at Ann Knight’s pond pavilion near Appleton City on Highway A. The family suggests any memorial contributions be made to St. Mary’s Grade School, 608 Kansas Avenue, Montrose, MO 64770. Please reference the Glenn Parks Memorial.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, face masks will be required, along with social distancing. The funeral service will be live streamed on McGilley Sheil's facebook page. Just log on to Facebook and search for McGilley Sheil.