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Clair B. Parks, 95, of Seneca, formerly of Franklin, died Saturday morning, March 31, 2018 at Oakwood Heights in Oil City.
He was born on December 16, 1922 in Bradford Township, Clearfield County to the late Benjamin A. and Flora Ann (Wisor) Parks.
He attended public schools in Spring Valley, Clearfield County. He later enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II as an engineer in the South Pacific Theater.
He was a member of the former Assembly of God Church in Seneca for many years.
Clair enjoyed vacationing, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends. He also looked forward to his morning coffee meetings with his good friend, the late Rev. George Himes.
Mr. Parks was employed with Penelec for 39 years, serving as the supervisor of buildings and maintenance until his retirement in 1985.
While in the service, he was married in Salinas, California on April 22, 1943 to Mary Elizabeth Hunt, and she preceded him in death on October 9, 2014.
Surviving is a daughter, Patricia Ann Roseberry and her husband Bruce of Fertigs; a son-in-law, Bill Whitford of Oil City; six grandchildren: Deanna Holbrook and her husband Tom, Robbie McCalmont and her husband Frank, Jim Sharrar and his wife LeAnn, Kim Delawder and her husband Billy, Stefanie Kelly and her fiancé Jeff Bruner, and Alicia Feely; great-grandchildren: Misty Braun and husband Mike, Amanda McCalmont, Jessica Smith and husband Aaron, Dalton Holbrook, Molly Holbrook-Smith and husband Brent, Brian Bruner, Emily Bruner, Annabella Sharrar, Martin Sharrar, Matthew Kelly, and Katlyn Kelly; and his great-great-grandchildren: Sophia Johnson, David Smith, Joey Smith, Leona Braun, Lincoln Braun, and Levi Smith. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Jane Lockett of Franklin; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Burton M. Parks; a daughter, Donna M. Feely; two brothers, Merlen C. and Lloyd E. Parks; and his sisters, Beatrice Daugherty, Mary Steib, Verda Wilsoncroft, Grace Potts, Eva May Parks, Erma Confer, and Verna Parks.
Friends and family will be received Tuesday (April 3) from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Hile-Best Funeral Home, 2781 Rte. 257 in Seneca. The funeral service will be held in the funeral home Wednesday (April 4) at 1 p.m. with Rev. Dan Grimes, pastor of the Fertigs United Methodist Charge, officiating.
Entombment in the mausoleum at Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens in Cranberry will follow, where the V.E.T.S. Honor Guard will accord full military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
Condolences can be sent by visiting www.hilebest.com