Carmen L. Parkes

Carmen Lee Parkes, 79, of Richmond, died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 at Shirkey Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center in Richmond.

Mr. Parkes was born June 12, 1934 in Richmond, the son of Horace and Lena Belle (Van Meter) Parkes.

Carmen was a Postal worker for the United States Postal Service and worked at the post offices in Gladstone, Kansas City and Richmond, before retiring in 1994.  He was a lifelong Richmond resident. He was of the Christian faith.  He had served his country in the United States Army as a Private First Class.  He enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals and the Missouri Tigers.

Survivors include two nephews, Glen Parkes and his significant other, Tracey Hewlett and her son, Garrett Hewlett of Richmond and Steve Parkes of Richmond; great-nephews, Danny, Jacob, Stephen and Cutter Parkes; one great-niece, Esperanza Parkes; and one sister-in-law, Doris Mae Parkes also of Richmond.

Carmen was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Howard Parkes and Eugene Parkes.

The family suggest memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 2:00 p.m. at the Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond. Visitation will be Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Thurman Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Richmond Memory Gardens Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the Ray County Veterans.

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