Earl H. Parks, 87 years old, of Beatrice passed away at the Beatrice Community Hospital Sunday morning, March 18, 2018. He was born on March 27, 1930 on a farm near Dorchester to Howard and Olga (Freitag) Parks, graduated from Dorchester High School in 1947. He served his country in the United States Army from January 1952 until January 1954. Earl married the love of his life Karen A. Kenney on August 24, 1954 and of this union three sons were born, Kenneth, John, and Larry. He had worked on the construction crew, building the COOP elevator. He attended Milford Trade School from 1954-1955 where he completed an electrical Course and then went to work for the village of Dorchester as an electrician, town Marshall, or anything else that needed to be done. In August of 1962, Earl moved his family to Beatrice and started working for Norris Public Power District for 33 years, retiring May 1, 1995.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Dorchester; Lifetime member of the American Legion Club in Dorchester; Beatrice VFW Club and Eagles Club; and longtime member of Hidden Acres Golf Club.
Earl was a loving, kind and caring man who enjoyed spending time with his family. He liked to play baseball and softball as a young man, and enjoyed bowling and became an avid golfer that the whole family enjoyed together.
Survivors include his wife Karen; 3 sons, Kenneth (Brenda) Parks of Crete, John Parks of Beatrice, and Larry (Tracy) Parks of College Station, TX; 5 grandchildren Jason Parks of Chandler, Arizona, Cameron, Sydney, Shelby and Jacob Parks, all of College Station; great grandson Kyler Parks of Chandler, AZ; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, father and mother in law John & Bertha Kenney, and great grandson Christian Michael Parks.
Memorial services 10:00 AM Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Dorchester with Pastor Paixao Baptista officiating. Burial of ashes at the Dorchester Cemetery with military graveside services provided by the Dorchester American Legion and Nebraska National Guard. Public Visitation from 1-8:00 PM Wednesday at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice with the family greeting friends from 6:30-7:30. Family prayer service at 9:45 AM Thursday at the church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the family’s choice with the funeral home in charge. Sign Earl’s online guest book and view his video tribute after completed at www.ghchapel.com.
These services have been entrusted to the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.