Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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Richard Parks Jr.

Born: 08/21/1965 Died: 07/10/2011 Maiden Name: n/a Honorific: n/a

Richard “Ritchie” L. Parks Jr. passed away on July 10, 2011, in Anchorage, Alaska, of heart failure. He was born on Aug. 21, 1965, in Fort Lewis, Wash. He graduated from Olympia High School in 1984, moved to California and became an extreme sports instructor. He found his way home and became a well-known plumber in Olympia working for his close friend and brother, Kevin Boyd, at Boyd’s Plumbing. Ritchie loved to hunt and had a sense for adventure. He had a wonderful smile and laugh and knew how to lighten up a room. He was very proud of his Choctaw heritage.
He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Parks Sr.; sister Teresa Parks-Queen; great-grandparents, John Sumpter, who was Choctaw, and Amanda Lomer-Sumpter, who was Chickasaw; grandparents, Charles Wilson and Mamie Sumpter-Wilson and Elmore and Delma Parks. Ritchie is survived by his mom, Cheryl Wilson, of Anchorage; his brother, Charles E., and Lisa Parks and their children of Yuba City; his sister, Julie Palm and family of Olympia; aunts, Bara Brian Wyatt of Shelton, Wash., and Shelia Wildman of Terra Haute, Ind.; and uncles, Richard Wilson and Tommy Wilson of Olympia.