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Orion Parks

BRISTOL – Orion Parks 94 of Bristol died on June 2, 2008 at Prairie Lake Hospital in Watertown. His funeral will be at 2:00 PM Thursday June 5, 2008 at Butler Lutheran Church in Butler, Rev. Tom Christenson officiating. Burial will be at Prairie Mound Cemetery near Butler. Visitation will be Wednesday 5 – 7 PM at Fiksdal Funeral Service in Webster. Orion Eugene Parks was born on Saturday, May 23, 1914 to Ray and Nellie (Karstad) Parks on the family farm in Butler Township Day County, South Dakota east of Butler. He was baptized and confirmed at Ebenezer Lutheran Church. He attended Fairview District 116 country school near his home and then graduated from Butler High School in 1932. After high school he began farming with his parents on the family farm, then took over the farm and farmed with his brother, Kermit. On July 17, 1984 he married Suree Tiyastapornvibul at Rapid City, South Dakota. After their marriage the couple lived on the family farm from March through November each year and in her homeland, Thailand the rest of the year. He was currently still farming the family farm with the assistance of his two nephews. He served on the Day County Soil Conservation Board, was a Charter Member of the Day County Izaak Walton League and was a member of Safari Club International. He loved hunting and enjoyed big game hunting in South Dakota, Montana, Africa, Asia and parts of Europe. He enjoyed gardening. Orion passed away on Monday June 2, 2008 at Watertown, South Dakota at the age of 94 years and 10 days. Survivors include his wife, Suree of Bristol, SD; one brother, Kermit (Vera) Parks of Webster, SD; one sister, Jeannette Hogstad of Watertown, SD; a sister-in-law, Verna Parks of Webster, SD; five nephews and four nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Vernon, a sister, Barbarie Rauch and one niece. THANK YOU I would like to express my sincere thanks to all our family, friends and neighbors who were there for me at the family visitation and the funeral for Orion Parks. As well as those who will not be able to come personally at this time. Also thank you so much for the many lovely cards, flowers, and gifts that were sent to me. I know Orion had many friends and family who will miss him as much as I do. Thanks again, Suree Parks (Orion's wife)

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We will miss Uncle Orion and cherish our fond memories with him always. We pray for you and for Uncle too. Love and deepest condolences. Vic & Bo

Vic Katevongkote Jun 8 2008 12:00 AM

We offer our sincere condolences to all members of the Parks family. Orion was a gentleman and a nice brother-in-law to us and we shall always remember him. Marcus, Su, Vic and Bi


Our deepest sympathy & prayers are with you at this time of healing. Orion always knew us and enjoyed to visit, he will be missed by many.

Mike & Rhonda Heilman Jun 5 2008 12:00 AM

My prayers of sympathy and comfort are with you. David Aslesen (son of Betty Ann Parks, niece of Orion)

Rev. David Aslesen Jun 4 2008 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you Suree and family. Sorry I couldn't be there at this time, but wanted you to know that I'll always think of Uncle Orion and remember that twinkle in his eye that he had last time I saw him and chuckled with him. His sense of humor was quick and always had a lesson or bit of wisdom in it somewhere. May you find comfort in these days and support from the family and friends who are able to be together in these days. Love and prayers, Arlene

Arlene Miller Jun 4 2008 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Orion's death. I was Norman Flattum's wife. He thought a lot of Orion. My prayers are with all the family. Arlys Flattum

Arlys Flattum Jun 4 2008 12:00 AM