A Heartfelt Tribute to Gerald “Jerry” W. Parks from the Staff at Park’s Place

Jerry Parks

Dear Park’s Place Community,

As the staff of Park’s Place, we are deeply saddened to share the passing of Gerald “Jerry” W. Parks, a cherished member of our family here. Jerry, who passed away on January 19, 2024, was much more than a resident to us; he was an integral part of our community, embodying courage and resilience in his battle with younger-onset Alzheimer’s.

As the staff of Park’s Place, we are deeply saddened to share the passing of Gerald “Jerry” W. Parks, a cherished member of our family here. Jerry, who passed away on January 19, 2024, was much more than a resident to us; he was an integral part of our community, embodying courage and resilience in his battle with younger-onset Alzheimer’s.

Jerry’s journey was a poignant reminder of the strength and grace one can display in the face of such a challenging condition. His indomitable spirit, his warmth, and his ability to find joy in the smallest moments were sources of inspiration for us all. Each day, Jerry showed us what it means to live life with purpose and positivity, despite the odds.

We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Jerry’s wife, Karen Parks, and their children, who have shown immense strength and love throughout his journey. Karen’s unwavering support and dedication to Jerry’s well-being have left a profound impact on our community. Their family’s journey has not only been a testament to their love but also a powerful narrative that has raised awareness about the realities of living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s.

As a community dedicated to providing compassionate care, we were honored to be a part of Jerry’s life. His story and the support of his family have reinforced the importance of personalized care, understanding, and empathy in our work. Jerry’s legacy will continue to guide and inspire us in our commitment to our residents and their families.

We invite you to join us in commemorating Jerry’s remarkable life. A visitation will be held from 4-7 pm on February 1, 2024, at Kozlak-Radulovich Chapel, and the funeral service will take place at 11 am on February 2, 2024, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church. To honor Jerry’s legacy, contributions can be made to the Gerald W. Parks Memorial Fund, which supports Alzheimer’s-related organizations.

In Jerry’s memory, we stand together in our ongoing commitment to Alzheimer’s awareness and research, striving towards a future filled with hope and dignity for those on this journey.

With deepest respect and remembrance,

The Staff at Park’s Place