Loran Lee Parks, 74, of North Platte, NE, passed away at home on Friday, July 5, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
Loran was born April 2, 1939, at Page, NE to Earl Raymond “Scoop” and Christina Charlotte Ulry Parks. He grew up in the Page community and attended rural school at District 110 for eight years then graduated from Page High School in 1956. Loran attended Telegraph School then hired out with the Union Pacific Railroad at Grand Island, NE on April 1, 1957.
Loran served in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964 and was based in Missouri, North Carolina and Georgia where he was a Radioman in the Signal Corp. While in Georgia Loran married Marthaleen “Marti” Rae Empfield on November 24, 1963, at Callaway, NE. To this union three sons were born, David, Douglass and Darren. Upon his discharge Loran returned to the Union Pacific Railroad as a Depot Agent at Callaway. In 1977 he was promoted to Train Dispatcher and worked in North Platte and Omaha, NE at the Harriaman Dispatch Center. He retired from the railroad in 1994. He also owned Master Dry Cleaners from 1985 to 1989.
Loran attended Bethel Evangelical Free Church, was a member of the American Legion P.R. Halligan Post #163 and Eagles Aries #2839 and was an Admiral in the Nebraska Navy. Loran enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a guide on the One Box Pheasant Hunt for 12 years. He also enjoyed carpentry work.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Marthaleen, of North Platte, three sons, David Parks and Douglass (Anna) Parks, of North Platte and Darren (Melissa) Parks, of Belleville, IL; six grandchildren, Bretton, Matthew, Christopher and Samara Parks, Jackie Kuessner and Rachael Sansaucie; a brother, Clair Parks, of Kalispell, MT; his sister, Valjean (Floyd) Boyes, of Nickerson, NE; eight nieces; eight nephews; and other family.
Loran was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Christina Parks; a grandson, Devon Parks; his daughter-in-law, David’s wife, Betty Parks; a sister-in-law, Clair’s wife, Jean Parks; a niece; and two nephews.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Bethel Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Brett Terry officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore. Condolences may also be shared at odeanchapel.com. Memorials are suggested to the Bethel Evangelical Free Church Building Fund. Odean Colonial Chapel At C & Sycamore is in charge of arrangements.