Paul Dean Parks, 82, Miller: Dec. 17, 1941 – May 13, 2024 – Osage County Online | Osage County News

Paul Dean Parks, 82, Miller: Dec. 17, 1941 – May 13, 2024

MILLER, Kan. – Paul Dean Parks, 82, passed away Monday, May 13, 2024, at his son’s home in Kansas City, Mo. He was born Dec. 17, 1941, near Admire, Kan., the son of George and Ellen Holmes Parks.

Paul attended Northern Heights High School, where he graduated with the class of 1960. He briefly worked at Diddie Glaser, in Emporia, Kan., following graduation.

Paul was forever joined in marriage to Carlene Marie Burenheide on July 3, 1961, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Emporia. Paul and Carlene made their home on a farm near Miller, Kan. They would spend the next 54 years together on the farm.

While Carlene was raising their family, Paul was raising chickens, pigs, cattle as well as soy beans, milo and corn. Paul served his community for several years as a member of the Rural Water District No. 7 board.

Paul’s life forever changed on Dec. 5, 2015, with the passing of his dear wife, Carlene. He carried on the best he could alone on the farm until his health caused him to move in with his son, Doug, in Kansas City, Mo., three years ago.

Paul will live on in the hearts and memories of his daughter, Teresa Torrey, of Tulsa, Okla.; a son, Doug Parks and his wife, Gloria, Kansas City, Mo.; nine grandchildren, Christopher Dobbs, Jessica Meyers, Whitney Thompson, Dalton Parks, Danan Parks, Drue Duffy, Dawson Parks, Draiden Parks and Dailee Parks; and three great-grandchildren, Jason, Addison and Vincent.

He was preceded in death by three brothers and their spouses, Derald Parks and his wife, Lois, Ralph Parks and his wife, Nina, and Lawrence Parks and his wife, Shirley; and two great-grandchildren, Jennifer Marie and Jacob Avery.

A visitation will be at 10 a.m. and services will follow at 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, at VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, Osage City. Burial will follow services at Osage City Cemetery next to his beloved Carlene.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Diabetes Foundation or Northland Hospice, and sent in care of the VanArsdale Funeral Chapel, 107 N. Sixth St., Osage City, KS 66523. Condolences can be left at vanarsdalefs.com.


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