Charles H. Parkes


Charles H. Parkes, age 89, of Vestaburg passed away on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at the Schnepp Senior Care and Rehab Center in St. Louis.  Charles was born in Onaway, Michigan on January 27, 1925, the first of five children to Vernon (Bun) and Pearl (Gier) Parkes.  He was raised in Alma and graduated from Alma High School in 1942.


After graduation he enlisted into the Navy for over 2 years.  He met Mary Rhoades and later married her on December 1, 1960.  They lived at Rock Lake and made their home there for 38 years.  Charles was a loving and caring father who enjoyed golfing and bowling.  Charles was employed by Consumers Power (Energy) retiring in 1985 after 27.5 years.


Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Pearl; his wife, Mary; a step-son, Gerald Lee Parkes and brother, Faye.


Charles is survived by his son, Bruce (Eva) Parkes of Riverdale; daughters, Judy (Paul) Scott of Vestaburg, Karen (Joe) Sabreda of Quitman, Texas and Gail Truhe of Conway, Arkansas; a step-daughter, Mary (Ricky) Carver of Vestaburg; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister, Donna VanderMark of St. Louis; and brothers:  Floyd “Jiggs” of California and Vernon Jr. of Baldwin.


A graveside service has been scheduled for Friday, July18, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery in Alma.


Memorial contributions in Charles’ name may be made payable to a charity of your choice.


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