Melvin Christian Parks, age 84, residing at the Woodlands of Columbus, passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marie Axthelm Parks and Elmer Parks; brothers, Elton, Paul, and Leroy Parks; and his loving wife of 28 years, Linda Papenfus Parks.
He is survived by nieces and nephews; his wife’s family; a cousin, Linda Ruehrmund; and special friends, Doug and Lori Hertlein.
He received his Associate of Arts cum laude from Columbus State and served in the U.S. Army. He was a retired statistician for the State of Ohio, had also worked for Kroger, and was an “artist in the schools” for Columbus Public Schools as well as a supervisor in several elementary schools for their after school program. He was a member of Peace Free Lutheran Church.
Friends may visit 2-4 pm Sunday at the DWAYNE R. SPENCE FUNERAL HOME, 650 W. Waterloo St., Canal Winchester. Funeral service will be held 10 am Monday at Peace Free Lutheran Church, 28 Elm St., Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110 with Pastor Michael Johnson officiating. Interment will be at 2:00 pm Monday at Glendale Cemetery, 105 Glendale St., Cardington, Ohio with Pastor Adam Sornchai.
Friends who wish may contribute to Peace Free Lutheran Church in his memory.