Parks AKA Invader Leo, Gary Delmar

Visitation:
Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 AM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Service:
Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time: 11:30 AM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Interment:
2:00 PM Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the family.



Obituary
OBITUARY

Gary Delmar Parks of St. Clair, MO, known to many as Invader Leo, departed this life in Sunset Hills, MO, on September 6, 2014, having reached the age of fifty-five years and nineteen days. Gary was born in Washington, MO, on August 18, 1959, son of Gerald Delmar Parks and Victoria Carol Parks nee Schuler, known to most as Vickie. As a young man he was united in marriage and blessed to have two children.

Gary is survived by his children, Abby Parks and companion, Nathan Straatmann, of Washington, MO and Silas Parks of St. Clair, MO; by his brother, John Fenner and wife, Chrissy, of Stanton, MO; by his sister; Leah Reed and husband, Robert, of Leasburg, MO; by his devoted friend, H.R. Conway of Imperial, MO; by his grandchildren, Emma and Jason Straatmann; by nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins, his invader brothers, other relatives and many friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald Parks and Vickie Parks Fenner.

Gary was a Christian, believing in the Lord as his Savior. Gary was proud to have served his country in the United States Army, entering on December 7, 1976 and receiving his honorable discharge on December 6, 1979, after attaining the rank of SP4. During the 1990s, Gary worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for the St. Clair Ambulance District. In 2003 he was a member of Easter Lodge 575, A.F. and A.M. of St. Clair, MO. In later years, he was employed as a truck driver for Havin Material Company in St. Clair, as well as Golden Triangle in Gray Summit, MO. Gary was a devoted member of the Invaders Motorcycle Club, having the road name of Invader Leo. He loved riding his Harley Heritage Soft Tail as well as listening to classic rock music, especially The Electric Light Orchestra. His children held a special place in his heart, as he did in theirs. The many precious memories they created will forever live in their hearts.

A kind and loving father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin, invader brother and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 11:30 AM on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO with Brother H.R. Conway officiating. Interment with full military honors was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO. Memorials may be made to the family.