J. R. Parks

Written by Muleskinner Staff

J. R. Parks, 71, of Warrensburg, died Wednesday, April 24 at St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

J. R. Parks
J. R. Parks

Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. Monday, April 29 at Grover Park Baptist Church with Pastor Brent Bullard officiating.
Interment will follow at Sunset Hills Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Anthony Scassellati, Taylor Foster, James Hern, Michael Hern, Chris Johnson, and Matt Boeschen. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Peterson, George Bullard, Jack Leslie, Rex Smarr, Steve Angle, Don Alfermann, Stu Rogers, Russ Lemons, and Bob Postlethwait.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at Sweeney-Phillips & Holdren Funeral Home in Warrensburg.
He was born May 2, 1941, in Avant, Okla., the son of Herbert and Hazel (Randolph) Parks.
On June 27, 1959, he was united in marriage to Anna Kohlmeyer in Avant, Okla.
J. R. graduated from Avant High School, in Avant, Okla., class of 1959. He worked in commercial construction all over the U.S. He and his brother Lee purchased a motel in Brookfield, Mo. from 1974 to 1977.
J. R. and his family moved to Warrensburg in 1977 and purchased the University Inn. They later purchased the Super 8 Motel and Expressways North and South. J. R. then managed Hidden Pines Country Club for eight years and retired in 2011. He was a former member of the High Point Baptist Church in Raytown, Mo.; a member of the Hidden Pines Country Club and attended Grover Park Baptist Church in Warrensburg. J. R. loved to play golf and spend time with his grandchildren.
J. R. is survived by his wife Anna; three children: Jaymie Scassellati and husband Gene, of Blue Springs, Mo., J. L. Parks, of Carl Junction, Mo., and Bryan Parks and wife Teri, of Knob Noster, Mo.; two sisters: Darlene Parks, of Shawnee, Kan., and Betty Hern and husband David, of Harrisonville, Mo.; six grandchildren: Shannon Boeschen and husband Matt, of Sedalia, Mo., Lauren Foster and husband Taylor, and Emily Scassellati, all of Kansas City, Mo.; Anthony Scassellati, of Blue Springs, Mo., Ely Parks and Riley Johnson, both of Pittsburgh, Kan.; and three great-grandchildren: Matalyn, Brooklyn, and Jaxan Boeschen.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jeff and Lee Parks.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Johnson County Cancer Foundation and can be left in care of the funeral home.