William Robert “Bill” Parks, age 55, of McHenry, died Saturday, October 18, 2008, from a 14 month battle with colon cancer, at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born September 29, 1953 in Chicago to William and Elaine (Beer) Parks. On March 4, 1978, he married Karen Lindstrom at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Lake Zurich.
Formerly a longtime resident of Lake Zurich, he lived in McHenry since February of 1991. Bill was an amazing craftsman and gifted cabinetmaker. He owned Creative Woodworking in Wauconda for over 20 years. For the past 7 years, he was project supervisor for Orren Pickell Designers and Builders/CabinetWerks Division.
Bill’s greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family. While his children were growing up, he coached the Pigtail League for his daughters and the McHenry Little League for his son. He enjoyed the outdoors, was a motorcycle enthusiast, loved the Chicago Bears, and owned an extensive pocket knife collection. Most importantly, Bill brought happiness to everyone.
He was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in McHenry. While living in Lake Zurich, he was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Lake Zurich.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Karen, two daughters, Jessica (Eric) Carr of Harvard, Kristin (Edward Lanum) Parks of McHenry and a son, Billy Parks of McHenry, a grandchild, Dayna; a sister, Jo Ellen Parks, a brother, Kevin (Debbie) Parks, his father-in-law Howard (Mary) Lindstrom and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his maternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Beer.
Friends may visit with the family from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Saturday, October 25, 2008 at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050. The memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Harold Krueger officiating.
Inurnment will be private.
Memorials to his family would be appreciated.
For information call the funeral home at 815-385-2400. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.justenfh.com.