Mr. Park, of Keizer, died Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. He was 79.
Born Jan. 13, 1932, in Yakima, Wa., he later moved to Oregon and was part of the last senior class at Monmouth High School in 1950. With the U.S. Army he served in Korea and witnessed atomic testing in the Nevada desert. He was awarded several medals for his service.
He obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oregon College of Education and taught at Cloverdale and with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Minto and Nenana, both in Alaska. He also taught in Lebanon, Kinzua and Hebo. He was principal at Griggs Grade School.
With the Department of Defense he also taught at several schools in Germany, Japan and Guantanamo Bay.
He wed Nancy Cross on Oct. 5, 1954; they divorced in 1957. He married Martha Lancaster on Nov. 9, 1959; she died in 2003. He married Ethel Burns on June 18, 2005.
He was preceded in death by his son, John Edward; second wife, Martha Lancaster; brother, William Park; and his parents. Survivors include: his wife, Ethel; children, Anna Marie, Russell, Willie and Doug; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held Nov. 26. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.Print