Beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend passed away Thursday, December 6, 2012. Mr. Parks celebrated his 90th birthday on October 28, 2012. Richard was born in Dallas, Pennsylvania to P.H. and Caroline Parks. He was the valedictorian of his graduating class at Lehman High School. After graduating from high school, he maintained the financial records for the LeHigh Valley Coal Company while attending college. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II at the European Command, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business (’51) and joined the former National Bank of Detroit (NBD) in 1951. He enjoyed a successful career as a commercial loan officer and delighted in working with his customers to grow their businesses. In 1982, he transferred from Detroit to Saginaw with NBD where he retired in 1989. Dick was motivated to begin volunteering because of his love for people, his church and “numbers”. Those loves propelled him to be an asset to the communities of Detroit and Saginaw for a number of years. Since the 1970’s, Dick has volunteered in a variety of ways for a variety of organizations, including Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church (Detroit), First Congregational Church (Saginaw), United Way, Downtown Rotary (Paul Harris Fellow), Saginaw Children’s Zoo, Junior Achievement, Samaritan Center, Saginaw Futures and Habitat for Humanity. For the past 14 years, Dick has offered a tremendous amount of time and energy managing Saginaw Habitat for Humanity’s (SHFH) $2.5 million (and growing) in mortgage receivables. Thanks to his assistance, SHFH homeowners, volunteers, board of directors, staff and communities have benefited directly and indirectly. Dick’s volunteer efforts over the past years have impacted hundreds of thousands of individuals and saved organizations hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential costs. Dick was recognized by receiving the Governors Service Award as a finalist for Senior Volunteer of the Year in 2009. Again in 2011, Dick received a special tribute for leadership in his community and his unselfishness in sharing his talents and time with others in many meaningful ways from the State of Michigan and signed by Governor Snyder. Dick enjoyed a number of diverse interests including golf, travel, needlepoint, stamp and coin collecting and church choir. He thoroughly enjoyed his trip to Antarctica in 2007 to see the breathtaking landscape and walk on the islands with the penguins. Richard was predeceased by his first wife, Jeanette Edlund Parks in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne (Borchard) Parks, his daughter, Charlotte Cislo, son, Richard E. Parks, both of Grosse Pointe Farms; and grandchildren Catherine and John Cislo and Jennifer and Elizabeth Parks. In addition to his immediate family, he is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Richard was predeceased by his parents and his dear brother, Robert J. Parks.
Honoring Mr. Parks’ wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 22, 2012 at Second Presbyterian Church. Rev. James Neumann will officiate. Friends may call at Second Presbyterian Church where the family will be present on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be at a later date at Acacia Park Cemetery in Beverly Hills, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Second Presbyterian Church or Habitat for Humanity. Arrangements entrusted to The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road.