Russell Parks Obituary

Russell Dean Parks
Russell Dean Parks

December 4, 1934 - March 9, 2020
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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Russell Dean Parks, 85, passed away peacefully on March 9, 2020. He passed in the beautiful home he designed, surrounded by family. A private family Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, December 27 at Iles Dunn’s Chapel. Friends may join the service via live-stream from Russell’s obituary page on this site.

Russ, a lifelong Des Moines resident, was born to Carl and Marvel Parks on December 4, 1934, the younger brother of Carla. He met his wife of 64 years, Marilyn (Scovel), at Lincoln High School; they married and had two children, Melanie (Michael Hopson) and Kevin (Mary Ann), while Russ obtained his degree in Architecture from Iowa State University.

Russ was a dedicated professional and a kind and gentle soul who loved life and beauty in all its forms. He was also a creative and gifted artist. A passionate golfer, he chased the elusive hole-in-one around Waveland Golf Course with great joy.

Russ's parents and sister predeceased him. His surviving wife, children and grandchildren will greatly miss him, as will his beloved cat, Rooney. A model citizen, he led by example with his devotion to family, quiet strength, humility and humor.

The family expresses sincere thanks to the compassionate professionals of Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital, UnityPoint Hospice and Angela Browder Home Care, LLC.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Iowa Architectural Foundation or the Des Moines Public Library Foundation.






Live-Streamed Service
Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Sunday, December 27, 2020
1:00 PM
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Iowa Architectural Foundation
400 Locust Street, Suite 100
Des Moines, Iowa US 50309
Volunteers coming together to inspire, create & educate on the value of architecture & design.
Des Moines Public Library Foundation
1000 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309