Cremation was performed by Joey Rodriguez at Grace Funeral Home in Victoria, Texas, and he has been brought back to Illinois where military services are pending.
Will was born May 20, 1977, in Effingham, to Jeffrey Ray Parks and Connie Jo (Hutson) Parks.
Will served in the United States Navy as an AT2 Aviation Electronics Technician and Aircraft Radar Altimeter Equipment IMA Tech for 10 years, and then as a Sergeant in the United States Army as Patriot Missile System Repairer, Airborne Corps Warrior Leader CRS. He earned numerous medals, including the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy Good Conduct Medal three times, National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Aviation Warfare Specialist, among other ribbons and medals.
William held the position of Estimator at PMI in Palacios, Texas, and was described by his co-workers as hard working and extremely dedicated. He was loved and respected by all. He was often described as a social butterfly that would always go out of his way to help others when needed. He will be remembered as “Houdini” by many because of the way he would suddenly appear into a person’s life to help and then, just as suddenly, disappear — until the next time.
Survivors include his parents, Jeff, of Greenup, and Connie, of Montrose; former spouse, Alexandra (Cantu) Parks and their twin son and daughter, Frasier and Faye Parks, of Laredo, Texas; son, Roman Parks, with his mother Angelica Gonzalez, of Corpus Christi, Texas; and Will’s maternal grandmother, Loleta Hutson, of Cisne.
Also surviving are his sisters, Chassidi (Mark) English, of Elizabethtown; Lacey Parks, of Effingham; Jennifer Cline, of Casey; and Steffani Parks and Carlee Parks, both of Greenup. Will is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and other loving family members and friends, including his special friend, Palmira Leal, of Brownsville, Texas.
Will was proceeded in death by his brother, Bryan J. Parks, of Greenup; his paternal grandparents, Donald R. Parks and T. Faye (Larimer) Parks; and his maternal grandfather, Justice J. Hutson, all of Effingham County.