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Philip Parks

Philip Norman Parks

Friday, September 9, 1932 - Tuesday, September 17, 2019
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September 17, 2019

Philip Norman Parks passed away at his home in Hancock on September 17, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in his family home in Newberry, Michigan in 1932. He was the son of Philip Grant and Anna Louise Parks. He graduated from Newberry High School in June 1951. He then attended Michigan Technological University and graduated in 1955 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and later with his Master of Science degree in nuclear physics. He also did additional graduate work at the Kansas State University.

During high school, he played football as a running back for four years and for three of those years he was on an undefeated team. That team was later inducted into the Michigan High School Football Hall of Fame. He later went on to play for Michigan Technological University on a football scholarship.

Following graduation from MTU, he worked for five years at NASA in Cleveland and then returned to MTU to teach physics for 35 years. Following retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling and visiting family all of whom were very precious, and much loved by him.

Phil published several physics articles in professional journals, conducted research for the US military, and contributed to the writing of a book that prepared engineers for their professional exam. He was interested in genealogy and served as a zone leader for a number of years for the Parks Society. His family first came from England in 1630 aboard the Arabella. He was also a member of the Sons of the Union of the Civil War and served as an officer for several terms.

Phil has always been active in Christian Service. As a student at MTU, he was active in the Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship and served in various capacities in the churches wherever he lived. He had served over 50 years as a deacon, Sunday school superintendent, and youth leader. He also served with the Gideon Bible Society for many years.

He was united in marriage to Judith Mae Liimatainen in Aura, Michigan on October 22, 1955. He is survived by his wife Judy, son Norman G., daughter Coleen K., and son Evan D.. He is also survived by his son Norman’s stepdaughter Sarah (Ryan) McNair and their two children, Caden and Liam. His daughter Coleen’s grandchildren, Joy (Konrad) LaPrade and their three children, Kathryn, Jonah, and Elizabeth; Peter (Maria) Ulrickson and their two foster sons, Andrew and Elijah; Juliann (Pato) Velez Saeteros, and their two children, Anna Teresa and Greta; Valerie Aalto and her two daughters Molly and Addilyn. He is survived by Evan (Carrie) Parks’ children, Kelly and Luke. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his father and mother-in-law Carl and Kathryn Liimatainen and his three sisters Illona Fahler, Phyllis Fillman, and Lois Johnson.

Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Calumet on Saturday, September 21. Visitation will be from 11 am to 12 pm, with the service to follow at 12 noon at the First Baptist Church. Lunch will be provided. Arrangements will be made by Erickson, Crowley, Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet. Burial will be at a later date at the Aura cemetery.

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Melodie Hayes

Posted at 11:05am
We offer our condolences to the Parks family as we have fond memories from Evangel and MTU. I remember Judy's amazing flatbread and sitting and giggling with Coleen in the choir. Prov 10:7a The memory of the righteous is a blessing.
Melodie & Jaye Hayes

Keith Niemela

Posted at 12:33am
Dear Norm and family, We were so sorry to hear about Dad. You have our deepest sympathy, Keith and Pam Niemela

Rebecca Patterson

Posted at 06:50pm
We'll miss Phil very much and send our love to the family.
Terry and Rebecca.

JJames Gerdeen

Posted at 06:17pm
I remember out time together as faculty at Michigan Tech and am most grateful for the Christian fellowship we had over the years.
Jim Gerdeen MEEM

Harold Lampi

Posted at 02:48am
My condolences to Judy and to all the family. I'm glad to have been able to visit with Phil and Judy in 2015.

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