Carl was born July 21, 1920, in Clay City, the son of Carl and Vestah (Starrett) Parks. He married Naomi Rosella Wells December 11, 1937. He served his country during WWII in the United States Army in Germany, until the war ended and was honorably discharged in 1945. Carl worked for several area factories. He also worked for the Clay County Highway Department and as a miner for Brazil Coal and Clay from which he retired in 1987. Carl loved the land, loved to farm and loved to garden. He was wonderful with tools, using his hands, enjoyed tinkering and fixing equipment, had a wonderful sense of humor and was a great family man. He enjoyed feeding his catfish, spending time with his dogs, hunting, fishing and playing cards.
He was a member of the Ashboro United Methodist Church, Progressive Mine Workers and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127 and the American Legion Post 6606.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother Richard Parks, who died while serving in Germany during WWII, who is survived by his daughter Sandra Rubeck. Carl is survived by his wife of 73 years Rosella Parks; daughter Phyllis Kazdan and husband Sam, Bloomington; two sons Roger Parks and wife Linda, Tennessee and Marshall Parks and wife Becca, Terre Haute; grandchildren: Delyn Kazdan, Vaughna Tokarz, Tony Parks, Susan Clifford and Laura Gibson; great grandchildren: Ryan Parks, Ashley Parks, Chelsea Fernandez, Chaz Fernandez, Kaylee Tokarz, Tara Tokarz, Mitchell Gibson, Chloe Clifford and Sadler Clifford; sisters: Reba Harbaugh and Roberta Wittenmeier; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, Clay City, Saturday, October 1, 2011, at 2 p.m., with Pastors Bob Kumpf and Myron James officiating. Burial will follow at Centerpoint Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home Saturday from noon until time of services. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Ashboro United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 96 Centerpoint, Ind., 47840; Gideons International, P.O. Box 271 Brazil, Ind., 47834; or the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 507 Nye St. Clay City, Ind., 47841. Visit www.schoppenhorstfuneralhome.com to light a candle in Carl's memory.