Richard “Dick” Parks, 72 of Mondovi, passed away on Feb. 24, 2019, at the American Lutheran Home, Mondovi. He is now pain free and forever in the arms of the Lord.
Dick was born on June 5, 1946, in Racine, Wis. While not much of his early life is known, his later years were spent living with Lila and Glen Harm and their son Neil on a farm in Independence, Wis. He considered Neil his brother and their later years were spent living in Buffalo City, until Neil’s death in 2016. Dick was baptized on Sept. 23, 1987.
Dick was proud to be a farmer and he bled John Deere Green. If he wasn’t farming, he was talking about it to anyone who would listen. He worked hard and never wanted to quit, even when cancer caused him so much pain, he kept going.
Dick was a social butterfly who never met a stranger. Everyone who met him, loved him. Dick never let a person down. He fulfilled every obligation he ever undertook. His word was his bond, and everyone knew it. He never uttered a lie, nor intentionally deceived anyone. He was loyal and never said a bad word about anyone. He always removed his hat when meeting someone new, opened car doors for the ladies, and dressed the best he could when going out somewhere special.
He loved farming, flea markets, garage sales, old time country music, watching old movies, (anything John Wayne), fixing things for people he loved, grilling out, spending time with friends, ice cream cake and going out to eat, (especially at Flyin’ Ryan’s).
Dick leaves behind cousins and many forever friends, whose hearts he has touched. Thank you to the wonderful staff of the Mondovi American Lutheran Home and Mayo Hospice for their wonderful care of Dick.
His laughter and compassion for others will be missed. When you remember Dick, remember to always be kind to one another as that is what he would want. He was a gentle man with a compassionate soul.
A celebration of life for Dick will be held at Talbot Family Funeral Homes, Mondovi Chapel, on Saturday, April 27, at 11 a.m., with an hour visitation prior. Gary Preston will be officiating the service. Private burial will be held at a later date at Glencoe Lutheran Cemetery, rural Arcadia.
Please share your fond memories of Dick and condolences online at www.talbotfuneralhomes.com.