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OBITUARY

Paul Charles Parks

March 3, 1946April 18, 2020

Paul Parks died Saturday, April 18. He was born on March 3, 1946 in Sioux City, Iowa, to the late Cyril and June (Horstman) Parks. He grew up in Sioux City and after college went to work in Omaha at the Union Pacific Railroad in the office. He helped with the planning of track layout and other important elements of the job. He developed a profound love of trains during that time. After marrying Janet on September 1, 1973, they moved to Rogers, where Paul founded Benchmark Group (then Paul C Parks Engineering, Inc.) on April 3, 1978. Under his leadership, the company has grown to be a respected Engineering and Architectural firm. Paul instilled a tradition of family first, quality practices, and customer service. He believed in always doing the right thing. Mr. Parks is survived by his wife, Janet and their son, Charles. He is preceded in death by his son, Robert. He is also survived by his siblings, Jim Parks (Kathyln), Tom Parks (Beth), Carol Whisenhunt (Mark), and Mary Bushnell (Paul); and 4 nephews and 6 nieces. To a great extent, due to Paul's influence, these survivors are residents in or close to Rogers. A private service will be available to view through Zoom and Facebook, check our website for further details Thursday, April 23. A Celebration of Life will be at Rollins Funeral Home after COVID19 has been cleared. He will be greatly missed. Online condolences can be made at www.rollinsfuneral.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Janet Parks, Wife
  • Charles "Chaz" Parks, Son
  • Jim Parks, Brother
  • Tom Parks, Brother
  • Carol Whisenhunt, Sister
  • Mary Bushnell, Sister
  • He also leaves many nieces, nephews and friends.

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Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Private Service

    Friday, April 24, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Celebration of His Life at a later date

Memories

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Sharon Bell

April 29, 2020

I am truly blessed to have worked with Paul as his Executive Assistant for about nine years. We had a very good working relationship. I quickly learned that Paul liked using mostly his red pen to make lots of edits to documents. That was his engineering background coming out! Paul was a caring person. I remember the day when the floor caved in at the National Corvette Museum and he ran out of his office to tell me the breaking news because he knew I had a corvette. Paul also loved trains and we talked about our train sets. Paul will certainly be missed by family, friends and Staff. My condolences and prayers go out to Janet and all the family.

Jo Turover

April 24, 2020

Paul was a kind person with a big heart and I’m glad I got to meet and work with him. I have a few memories of Paul, from the time he called me into his office after having only working at BG for a few months to give me a surprise bonus when I got to see the pleasure on his face as he watched mine go from cautious worry to joy, to our casual greetings at the water fountain. However my fondest memory of Paul was when he surprised me at my desk for the first time - I had put up fliers asking for help for another family in need and Paul stopped by my desk to donate what he could. That moment will forever be how I remember Paul - generous, caring, compassionate, and willing to go outside a comfort zone in order to help others. I will miss seeing him around the office.

May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him.

Donna Pruden

April 24, 2020

A great man that will always be missed. I am so thankful and blessed to be a part of the company he created and by his thoughtful care of his staff. My condolences to his Family.

Toni Cowles

April 24, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. My heart breaks for you, Janet, because I know you both had a very special love. He always had a smile when he talked about you. You were each others rocks. May God comfort you in the coming days and weeks.

Kim Wyckoff

April 23, 2020

My condolences to Janet and the entire family. I was part of the Benchmark Group family for almost 10 years and truly enjoyed it.
From having Paul sign drawings for me to get projects out the door, to having occasional lunches with Janet, Paul and his family were always good to me. He will be greatly missed.

Shane Hevelone

April 23, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Parks family. Benchmark took a chance on me and gave me so many opportunities that I never thought possible. I had the honor of working side by side with Paul on many of occasions. He was a man of few words, but he always had the companies best interest in mind and was always passionate about whatever he was doing. He will be missed.

Michelle Edwards

April 23, 2020

My deepest condolences to the Parks family. I had the honor of being Paul and his family’s optician for many years. Paul was always such a pleasure to visit with always interesting topics and I loved to hear what he and Janet were doing next.
The picture of him walking downtown with his umbrella is exactly how my mind sees him. He was a substantial force downtown Rogers for many years. Helping our downtown flourish with activity from his many employees.
My heart hurts for Janet and his family. This passage in life is not easy.
Time heals, memories are wonderful reminders.
He was a great man.

Bethany Vaughn

April 23, 2020

I will never forget the kindness & respect Paul showed me from day one with Benchmark. Truly listening to someone, is a long forgotten practice, yet Paul did it well.. Though I only got to know Paul just under two years ago, he had a profound impact on me. His door was always open, and he had a highlighter collection that I could only envy. I was blessed to have cultivated a candid and authentic relationship with him, and I will forever miss our witty office banter or friendly interactions at the copy machine and in the hallways of BG.
The photo shared with you is one that some told me I would not be able to capture, since Paul might not like his photo taken. I just thought he looked so stylish that day, and felt it was now a challenge to capture this perfect moment. We did have words prior to the photo, and Paul was skeptical of my intent, but when I told him how he was fashionable that day, he obliged and smirked at me amusingly. I like to think and hope he just appreciated my quirky directness. He will truly be missed.
Prayers & warm healing thoughts go out to the family and loved ones at this time.

JESSICA FREEMAN

April 22, 2020

Paul Parks taught me how to be a strong professional, and gave me great confidence and encouragement that I could accomplish anything.
I've always thought of him as my "other" father. His friendship has brought me great joy and I consider his family MY family.
Paul is and will always be GREATLY missed, but NEVER forgotten. Paul has made this world better place, no doubt. As much as it saddens my heart that he has gone on before us, I am encouraged in knowing I will see him again!!!

William Jay

April 22, 2020

To Janet and all of Paul's family - My sincerest condolences in your time of loss. Paul will very much be missed by all of us.
Paul was particularly a huge part of my life. In 1984, when I applied for a position for which I was entirely unqualified, Paul saw something he was willing to take a chance on. He interviewed me, he hired me, he trained me and mentored me. I got much insight into his business vision, his intensity, and his strong ethics. Paul has always been the quintessential engineer. No possible outcome was overlooked. He instilled that in me - ask my peers.
At the time he hired me, I appreciated the opportunity. Today, I appreciate the career. Paul made that all possible. He will be missed.

FROM THE FAMILY

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