Gary D. Parks

Nov 30th, 1961 - Sep 2nd, 2019


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Wed, Sep. 4th, 2019 5:00 PM ~ 8:00 PM


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Thu, Sep. 5th, 2019 11:00 AM


Spring Hill Cemetery

Thu, Sep. 5th, 2019 12:00 PM

Gary D. Parks

Creal Springs- Gary David Parks, age 57, of Creal Springs, passed away at 3:12am on Monday, September 2, 2019, at his home in Creal Springs.

Gary was born in Chicago on November 30, 1961, the son of Carl D. and Kay F. (Wilt) Parks.  He had worked as a prison guard at the federal prison for many years.  Gary was an avid outdoorsman.

Survivors include his daughter- Hillarie Parks of Henrietta, Oklahoma

Son and Daughter-in-law- Kyle and Melissa Parks of Creal Springs

Six grandchildren- Hunter, Logan, Avery, Tori, Sofie, and Garyn

Brother and sister-in-law- Rick and Terri Parks of Marion

Sister and Brother-in-law- Rhonda and Ernie Salazar of Indiana

Nieces and Nephews- Cassie McKinney, Christa Parks, Amanda Salazar

     Austin Salazar, and E.J. Salazar

Several Great Nieces

He was preceded in death his parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. Chris Cutsinger officiating.  Burial will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-8pm on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home; 800 N Market Street; Marion, IL 62959. 

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8 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Christy Shackleford

    From: Marion, Kentucky

    Date: September 3, 2019

    Rick, Terri,Kyle,
    Melissa and family….Thinking of you all with lots of loveπŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

    Christy Shackleford

  • Guest: Sharon Emery

    From: North Huntingdon , Pennsylvania

    Date: September 3, 2019

    Rick, Rhonda and family,
    Keith and I were so sorry to hear of Gary’s illness and now of his passing. Living in Pennsylvania we don’t get information a lot of time until much later. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time and will continue to be with you in the coming days. God be with you all.

  • Guest: Ricky Carter

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: September 3, 2019

    Gary was a loyal co-worker of mine at the US Penitentiary. His nickname was Dumplin he always had a positive attitude. My deepest and sincere condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.

  • Guest: Cheryl Blumenstock Milburn

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: September 3, 2019

    Rick, Rhonda, and family.
    I am so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Always so sad to hear that a fellow COHS alumnus has passed. May God grant you comfort and hold you in the hollow of His hand in the coming days. Hugs.

  • Guest: Randy Knight

    From: Energy, Illinois

    Date: September 3, 2019

    A great guy. Spent many days working together. Never a dull moment working with Dumplin. Sad to hear this news


  • Guest: Tammy Nance

    From: Jonesboro, Illinois

    Date: September 4, 2019

    My sincerest prayers for you, the family of “Dumplin'”. May you have peace of heart and comfort of your memories of this wonderful man.

  • Guest: Rick Livesay

    From: Jonesboro, Illinois

    Date: September 4, 2019

    Gary “Dumplin” was one of my favorite people to work with for 25 years. He loved his family and his Grandkids and always had a smile. I’ll always remember his laugh. Prayers for the entire family and Dumplin will truly be missed!

  • Guest: Joyce & Bernie Krause and family.

    From: Oak Forest, , Illinois

    Date: September 8, 2019

    Rhonda, Rich and family
    So Sorry to hear about Garys illness and passing away. Heartbreaking loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.