Warren W. Parks Jr., 89, died peacefully March 21, 2014, at Somerset Rehabilitation & Living Center, in Bingham. During his last illness he was surrounded always with the love and company of family members. His wife Nell, and his daughter, Amy, were bedside at his death.
Warren was born April 4, 1924, in Mariemont, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. His parents were Warren Wright Sr. and Ruth (Whidden) Parks. He has an older brother, Russell Parks, and his wife Kathy, of Indian Hill, Ohio. His younger brother, Edgar Parks, predeceased him in November 2013. Edgar's wife, Ruth Calvert Parks, lives in Michigan.
Warren attended elementary and high school in Mariemont. His father was a civil engineer in charge of building the unique, privately funded, village of Mariemont. All three of his sons became civil engineers.
Warren served in the Navy "Seabees" (C.B., construction battalion) in World War II. He spent two and a half years on Midway Island.
He attended the University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University. He married Lillian E. Arnost in 1951 and they had two children, Amy Lea Parks, now a lawyer in Nevada, and W. Wright Parks III, a geologist in Nevada. Wright and his wife Miriam have two children: Whitney Parks, a speech therapist, and Jordan Parks, a student at the University of Nevada.
Warren worked for Pennsylvania Railroad first, which eventually merged into ConRail. He was moved by the railroad to Philadelphia in 1970. He enjoyed the travel required to supervise building or improving railroad crossings, tunnels and bridges in the states of Pennsylvania and New York.
He married Nellie Macdougall in 1969. Warren retired in 1984 and was pleased to bring Nell back to her hometown of Bingham. Warren was an ardent fly fisherman and outdoorsman.
He enjoyed teaching children the art of casting and how to handle a canoe. Trips in his pickup on the endless woods roads were his good times.
From his grandfather Whidden, who came from Machias, he first learned to recognize all types of ocean sailing vessels. He enjoyed Maine's coast, studying navigation charts, belonging to Maine Maritime Museum Society and sailing on The Victory Chimes.
Warren was a member of the Bingham Congregational Church and served 12 years as its volunteer treasurer. He also served Bingham as volunteer treasurer and supervisor of the Old Free Meeting House for 12 years.
The extended family Warren loved so much will celebrate his life at a later date to be announced.
Cremation and service arrangements are by Giberson Funeral Home, 18 River St., Bingham.