Harold E. Parks

February 19, 1931 ‒ July 28, 2018

Fredericktown, Ohio

Harold E. Parks, 87, of Fredericktown passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was born on February 19, 1931 in Lewisburg to the late Elmer and Geneva (Schlotterbeck) Parks.

Harold was a 1949 graduate of Monroe High School in West Manchester.  He was drafted in the Army during the Korean War and earned the rank of Sargent 1st Class.  After his military service, Harold worked for Crosely Refrigeration from 1953-1955 and moved to Eaton where he became a dairy farmer from 1955 to 1992.  In 1972, he purchased a farm in Knox County and continued his dairy farming and then in 1992 went into grain farming. Harold was a faithful member of Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, a charter member of the V.F.W. Post 7671, a member of the American Legion Post #500 and the Fredericktown Senior Citizens.  In June of 2014, Harold participated in an Honor Flight to Washington, DC.

Harold is survived by his wife, Helen (Herrmann) Parks, whom he married on August 25, 1951; daughters, Mary Ann (William) Glick of Newark, LuAnn (Mario) Davenport of Cleveland, Elaine (Tom) Freer of Fredericktown and Amy (Ryan) House of Mount Vernon; sons, Anthony “Tony” (Carol Sue) Parks of Spencer, Michael “Mike” (Mary Jane) Parks of Mount Vernon, Nicholas (Patricia) Parks of Round Rock, TX and Dean (Dawn) Parks of Mount Vernon; 11 grandchildren; 3step grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; sisters, Eleanor Hanna of Utica and Jeanne Milholland of Colorado Springs, CO; numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Harold was preceded in death by a daughter, Jeanine Parks; a son, Steven Parks; sister, Bertie Smith; and brothers, Vernon, Ray and Lee Parks.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the Snyder Funeral Home, 33 East College St., Fredericktown.  The Rosary will be recited after the visitation.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Father Daniel Olvera as the Celebrant.  Burial will be held in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton, Ohio.  Military honors will be provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council after the Mass on the church grounds.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

To share a memory or send an expression of sympathy to the family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Harold E. Parks.

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  • My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I worked with Harold at Quality Farm & Fleet. I remember when myself and Harold decided we could kill 25 chickens for company party this was after he raised them , we had all kinds of chicken parts that normally you didn’t see. Such a gentle and humble man. May he rest in peace

  • We were so saddened to hear of Harold’s passing. What a kind person he was. We will miss him greatly. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • In Sympathy At Your Time of Loss
    Praying that the Lord will comfort your heart, uplift your spirit, and carry you through this time of sadness to a place of peace.

    May God be with you .

    Ruben & Martha Hernandez

  • So sorry to hear that Harold had passed away. Helen please know that you and the children are in our prayers. If we can help ( in anyway) please let us know.

    It was always so enjoyable to share lunch with Harold and Helen at the Fredericktown Senior Dinners. We sure covered a lot of different subjects.

    Thanks for letting our daughter Sharon hunt in ‘The Park Woods’.

    Oh yes, I was so grateful for all the rocks you and your little dog would deliver to me right off your fields. Smile. I am still using the very large tractor tire that you and Helen brought home to me from Kilbuck. Loved talking gardening with you.

    God’s riches blessing to the family.

    Kathy and Dave

  • Very sorry for the loss of Uncle Harold. I am so glad I got to visit with him at the reunion. I won’t be able to make it to the services. May God be with the entire family at this sad time.

  • Please accept my condolences to your family. May God grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • On behalf of the Shaeffer Family we would like to extend our sympathy to Helen and family.The Park’s were such good neighbors of our. We will always cherish the good times we had.

  • Dear Mike — Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Your Dad was such a nice man and will be sorely missed by all who had the opportunity to meet him. May it help to know that you have friends who care. Sincerely, Susie and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Helen and family members, so very sorry for the passing of Harold. He will sadly be missed at our Sr. Citizens meetings, such a kind soul. Many blessings and prayers for the family at this time of sorrow.

  • Dear Jean, Frank and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss and pray God’s peace and grace be with each of you as you grieve the loss of husband, father, brother, grandpa and uncle.
    With Love and peace,
    Jerry and Kim Jaquess

  • Amy and family,

    So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you walk this difficult path.

    Hugs!
    Kelly Goff Castle
    Class of ’84

  • I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Harold. Terry always enjoyed talking with him about the military at the family reunions. I got to visit with him at our last reunion and I will miss him dearly. We won’t be able to attend the services but our hearts and prayers are with the family.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Harold was an amazing farmer and had the most beautiful fields in Knox County. No matter what the calendar showed, for me it was never spring until I saw Harold on his tractor preparing his fields for planting. I am keeping your family in my prayers.

    Blessings to your family,

    Karen Miller

  • We are ALL going to miss Harold…

    I so enjoyed getting to know Harold and his family. He was always so pleasant, soft-spoken and kind. My favorite memory of Harold was his smile… It was like warm bread…. always comforting and makes you think of home and family. He was one in a million and my life is TRULY better for having known him.

    Peace and blessings, my friend…

  • Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Harold was a good neighbor and a good fishing companion to Bill. Sometimes it would take them longer to clean the large catch of bluegills than it did to catch them. They would laugh and talk sitting across from each other at the fish cleaning table. We also learned much about farming from Harold. I know that Bill would join me in saying that we will miss him.
    The Stout family.

  • Aunt Helen and Family,
    I’m so grateful to have Uncle Harold in my life, many wonderful memories of visits, and family gatherings. What a wonderful Human Being. He will truly be missed. The Family is in my heart and prayers.
    Love,
    EJ and Amy

  • On behalf of the Commodore Preble Chapter,Daughters of the American Revolution,
    I send our condolences on the loss of your family member, Harold Parks,a veteran of the U.S. Army. Thank you for his service to our country.

  • Dearest Aunt Helen, Children and All
    Our Family’s and Friends:
    My Uncle Harold, lead the best possible life.
    Him and I had a very special connection, we talked often and about everything. We told each other
    That we Loved each other as well.
    So many golden memories, bonfiers, hayrides,and homemade ice cream!!!
    The stories of their childhood….
    We will never forget him and the other family that’s gone before him.
    We are sadden that we are unable to
    Attend the service’s. Our hearts are with all of you and our prayers morning and evening.

    Love Always, Barbie

  • Mike and family….
    I am so sorry for your loss you have my deepest sympathy.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.