Arthur R. Parks Jr.
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Arthur R. Parks Jr.

Arthur R. Parks, Jr. (“Bobby” or “Art” to most people), 76, died Sunday, January 13th in Wyoming, Michigan.

Bobby leaves his wife of 42 years, Kathy J. Parks, his sons, Christopher R. Parks, and Malcolm C. Parks, and their daughter Kizzy M. Dominguez; four grandchildren, great grandchildren; four sisters; Jan L. Cobbins, Beverly A. Ivy, Rainelle E. Fields, June D. Parks; two brothers; Rodney G. Parks and Todd L. Parks; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family and friends.

Born in Jacksonville, FL, and raised in Grand Rapids, MI, he was the son of Arthur and Katie Mae (Baldwin) Parks.  After graduating from high school, he joined the United States Army.

After serving with the Army, Bobby paved the way for African Americans in the Grand Rapids area by being the first African American driver for both Coca Cola and UPS. Determined to do more, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Aquinas College, which led to a twenty-five-year career as an Industrial Engineer in the automotive industry.  

Bobby had a love for hockey, travel, and camping. He and Kathy had season tickets to the Grand Rapids Griffins. They spent their time between Kentwood, MI and Lighthouse Village Campground in Homer, MI.

  1. Sending my condolences and prayers to the family

    - Cassandra Akridge
  2. I will miss his sense of humor,the reunion between big brother and baby brother will be so awesome!

    - Tamara Parks
  3. RIP uncle Bobby, you were and great man just like your father and always full of laughs. Love you

    - Melanie
  4. Hi Kizzy. ‘m sorry to hear about your father passing away unexpectedly. That is so sad. I cannot even begin to understand what you are going through right now, but I would like to offer my prayers and condolences to you and your family. Time is a great healer and patience is a great virtue. “To God belongs what he took, and to him belongs what he gave, and he has set for everything an appointed time. So have patience and seek reward.”

    - Moghees Siddique
  5. While we have never had the honor of meeting Bobby, we do know his lovely daughter, Kizzy. After reading his obituary, I can see where she gets her ambition and drive to do the right thing. Sending prayers to the entire family. God bless you all.

    - Robert and Lainie Kral
  6. Kizzy,

    I’m very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    - Jay Miller

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