Richard Charles Park
Richard Charles Park died Nov. 18, 2018, surrounded by family at his home in Iowa City, Iowa.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Iowa City, with Father Steven Witt officiating. Graveside services with military honors will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Calvary Cemetery in Victor, Iowa. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City, where a vigil service will be held at 6:30 p.m. A luncheon will follow the funeral Mass. Memorials may be directed to the Regina Foundation.
Richard was born on Oct. 7, 1922, in Victor, the son of Roy and Elva (Coats) Park. He received his bachelor's degree in 1944, and his juris doctor in 1947, both from the University of Iowa. Richard served in the U.S. Army as an air cadet during World War II from 1943 to 1944.
On Sept. 27, 1947, Richard was united in marrage to Rita Skahill. Their union produced three children, Thomas, Susan and William. Richard worked as an attorney with Park, Martens and Stiefel law firm in Victor. Additionally, Richard worked at McConnell, Park and Gwin Insurance and he sold real estate in the greater Victor area.
After a long and prosperous career, Richard retired in 1988 and moved to Iowa City. On Dec. 28, 1996, Richard married Mary Ann (Thomas) Sladek. The two enjoyed traveling, spending time with their numerous grandchildren and their life together on Happiness Hill.
Richard was a member of the Noon Lions Club and
I-Club and a 50-year member of the Victor American Legion. Richard became a Roman Catholic in 1992 and he was active at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Iowa City. Richard loved the Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs. Richard also was a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and Gamma Eta Gamma Legal Fraternity.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Elva Park; two infant brothers, Warren and Wayne; his brother-in-law, Frank Koch; and his first wife, Rita Skahill Park.
Richard is survived by his devoted wife, Mary Ann; his brother, Raymond Park; his sister, Janice Koch; his three children, Thomas Park (Sandra Champagne) of Morgan, Texas, Susan (Bernie) Nachazel of Cedar Rapids and William (Wendy) Park of Eugene, Ore.; grandchildren, Doug (Carrie) Park, Emily Johnson (Jamie Kelly), Elizabeth Johnson (Todd Rector) and Katherine Johnson; great-grandchild, Mason Park; four stepchildren; and numerous stepgrandchildren.
Online condolences may be sent to www.lensingfuneral.com.