Bob Parks


Robert D. Parks, 84, of Ottumwa and formerly of Fremont, died at 7:50 a.m. October 7, 2020 at MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center.

He was born September 14, 1936 in Brooklyn, IA to Donald Wilson and Jennie Louise Otto Parks. Bob married Sharon K. Copeland on January 12, 1976. They resided in Fremont until moving to Ottumwa in 2012.

Growing up in Brooklyn, Bob attended Brooklyn High School. Bob and his brother, Richard operated Dime Delivery in Oskaloosa. He worked for 38 years for Mahaska Bottling where he was known as “Pepsi Man”, delivering to local businesses, local special events, fairs, and race tracks in Oskaloosa, Eldon and Knoxville. He retired in 2000.
He loved racing, NASCAR, traveling, but most especially loved his family. Jeff Gordon was his favorite driver after Bob’s son, Lorne.

Surviving is his wife, Sharon; his children, Tammy (Martin) Mullins of Des Moines, Janet (Mike) Edmiston of Des Moines, Betty (Mark) Walraven, of Mountain View, AR, Lucy Linebaugh of Oskaloosa and Lorne (Cyndi) Parks of Burlington; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; siblings, Richard (Dorothy) Parks of Orange, CA, Don (Judy) Parks of Rose Hill, Roger (Dixie) Parks of Oskaloosa; and Sheryl Leihr of Kansas City, KS; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and his dog and best buddy, Freckles.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Limited open visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, October 11th at Reece Funeral Home. His family will be present to greet friends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Those attending are asked to wear masks or an appropriate face covering and adhere to the current social distancing guidelines.

Cremation will follow the visitation.

Graveside services and inurnment will be 3:30 p.m. Monday, October 12th at Shaul Cemetery with Pastor Mel Kendall officiating.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Humane Society.

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