OAKTOWN --James Lee Parkes, 88, of Oaktown, passed away at 10:25 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006 at Freelandville Community Home.
Born June 1, 1917 in Milford, Ill., he was the son of Ruth (Collins) and Bert L. Parkes. On Jan. 2, 1943, he married Helen Louise Schroeder of Westphalia. They celebrated 63 years of marriage this year.
He was a 1936 graduate of Owensburg High School and after marrying, served in the Army Air Corps for two years traveling to Karachi, India. He and his wife settled in Oaktown in 1956. He was a member of Morris Chapel Church, a diary farmer, a rural mail carrier, and a 20-year Soil Conservation Technician in Sullivan County. His primary joys were caring for his family and his land.
Survivors include: his wife Helen of Oaktown, three children and their spouses, James Allen and his wife Dr. Christina Swanson of Bloomington, Jane and her husband Alan Manstof of Alexandria, Va., and Robert "Bob" of Edwardsport; seven grandchildren, Sheamus Parkes, Christa Parkes, Jacquelyn Parkes, Eric Manstof, Kate Manstof, Jaime Parkes, and Stephen Parkes; three brothers, William J. Parkes, Joseph Parkes, and Donald Parkes; two sisters, Mary Lester and Nellie Wilcoxen; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and one sister.
A celebration of life will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Morris Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Friends may call at the church from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, and from 9:30 a.m. prior to the service Saturday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Morris Chapel United Methodist Church, Good Samaritan Hospice, or Freelandville Community Home, in lieu of flowers.
Funeral arrangements were made by McClure-Utt Funeral Home, Oaktown Chapel.