Merle D. Parks, 79

Merle Daniel Parks, 79, of Garwin, passed away Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at home following a sudden illness. Services are at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marshalltown. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 26 at Overton Funeral Home in Garwin. Vigil Service 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Garwin Cemetery in Garwin. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Overton Funeral Home in Garwin is assisting the family, 641-499-2025. Condolences may be left at

Merle is survived by his wife Carol of Garwin, his 10 children Les (Maggie) Parks of Garwin, Terri (Gregg) Goos of West Liberty, Anne (Keith) Barloon, of Garwin, Joe (Sherry) Parks, of Garwin, Mary (Mike) Boege, of Garwin, Dennis (Mary) Parks, of Oskaloosa, Glen (Tina) Parks, of Sandwich, Ill., Susie (Grant) Strohbehn, of Gladbrook, Karen (Ron) Roseland, of LeGrand, and Paul (Carie) Parks, of Sycamore, Ill., 27 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, two brothers Samuel (Ann) Parks, of Middletown, Ohio and Raymond (Linda) Parks, of Garwin.