Douglas Ray Parks, 56, of Centerville, was born Sept. 20, 1957 to Orrin Ralph and Pauline (Kunzman) Parks in Ottumwa and died on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines after a short illness.
Doug graduated from Centerville High School in 1976 and from Central College in 1980. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree at the University of Iowa in 1994 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1999. While working on his doctorate, Doug was a teaching assistant at the University of Iowa. He attended First United Methodist Church in Centerville.
Doug was an avid runner and bicyclist spending many hours out of doors. He was also an avid reader and owned an extensive library of nonfiction works. Doug suffered a life-changing illness in 2007 after which he came back to live with his parents. During the last years of his life, Doug lived with extreme physical challenges which he accepted with total grace, always smiling and with a pleasant word for anyone whom he met each and every day. He loved his family, his church family, spending time at the library at Indian Hills Community College and being at home with his books. He will be missed by many community members with whom he enjoyed visiting on his daily walks.
Doug was preceded in death by his father, “O.R.” Parks on Jan. 9, 2012.
He is survived by his mother, Pauline Parks of Centerville; uncles, Wallace and his wife Doris Kunzman of Albuquerque, N.M. and Charley and his wife Shirley of Douds, along with several cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at the First United Methodist Church in Centerville with the Rev. Dennis Gilbert officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Cincinnati. Visitation will be held today from 2-8 p.m. and the family will be present from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either Centerville High School Foundation, Indian Hills Community College or First United Methodist Church and left or mailed to the funeral home.
The Schmidt Family Funeral Home of Centerville is caring for the Parks family at this time and condolences can be sent at: schmidtfamilyfuneralhome.com.