VeteranWilliam Park

William ParkWilliam K. “Willy” Park, 70, of Rushville died at 6:38 p.m. Feb. 20, 2011, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born March 18, 1940, in Rushville, a son of Paul and Anna Florence Croxton Park. He married Judy Campbell on Nov. 7, 1964, in Camden. She survives.

Also surviving are four sons, William Keith “Ballpark” (and Brenda) Park Jr. of Virginia, Harold William (and Lorrie) Park of Jacksonville and Richard Eugene “Rick” (and Susan) Park and Monte Keith (and Salina) Park, both of Rushville; four sisters, Donna (and Jack) Chapman of Mendota, Kay Fitzjarrald (and friend Romeo Simpson) and Nancy Schisler, both of Rushville and Teresa Rogers of Mount Pulaski; seven grandchildren; two step grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, James, Orville, Ralph and Beverly Park; and two sisters, Paulette Park and Jeanette Hoff.

He served in the United States Army from 1962 to 1964, stationed at the White Sands, New Mexico Air Force Base.

He first worked as a mechanic at Green Motors in Rushville. He then drove a truck for R.E. Flowers.

In January 1967, he began his career with coal mining, first working for Midland Coal Company in Edwards. Later, he worked for Buckheart Mining at Canton, Triad Mining at Camden and retired from Freeman Coal Mining in Industry on May 6, 2002. After retirement, he was the manager of Rushville Moose Lodge #506.

He was a member of Rushville Moose Lodge #506, where he was a member of the President’s Club; Legion of the Moose and past Junior Governor; a member of Schuyler American Legion Post #4 in Rushville and a member of its Burial Detail; and Voiture 40 et 8 #1100, he was a participant in their Boxcar Association.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Wood Funeral Home in Rushville with Reverend Fred Fritz officiating. Burial will follow in Rushville City Cemetery with military rites by the U.S. Army Burial Detail and Schuyler American Legion Post #4. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home in Rushville.

Memorials may be made to Culbertson Memorial Hospital Foundation or the Springfield Chapter of Honor Flight.

Condolences may be sent to www.woodfh.net.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 2/23/2011

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