Warren William Parke “Willy P” passed away at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles Oregon on December 23, 2014 at the age of 76. He was born in Devils Lake North Dakota on April 17, 1938 to Paul Parke and Eva Smith Parke. At an early age his family moved to Vancouver, Washington, where he grew up and went to school. He joined the Army in 1955 at the age of 17. During that time he played for the Castleers softball team in Machinato, Okinawa. His service with the Army ended in 1963. He married Darlene Wetherbee on June 10, 1961, they were married for 43 years until her passing in 2005. He worked for Cody Logging and Landworks Northwest. He was a long time member of Laborers Union local 320. In his retirement years he owned and operated a bait business called Fisherman’s Choice. He worked many occupations throughout his life, driller, blaster, truck driver and construction laborer. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, billiards and occasionally gambling. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is survived by his brothers Edward Parke of Vancouver Washington Robert Parke of Dufur Oregon, James Parke of Vancouver Washington, son William Parke and wife Nikki of Dufur Oregon, his daughter Terri Dorran and husband Dan of Hermiston Oregon, six grandchildren, four great grandchildren and his faithful dog appropriately named “Faith”. He is also survived by his lifelong friends affectionately known to his family as “Dad’s Posse”, Cliff, Fritz and Sid. He was preceded in death by his wife Darlene Parke, Brother Donald Parke, sister Janice Mathers, nephews Steven Parke, Robert Patrick Parke, Jeremy Parke and Brian Tracy Higuchi.
Funeral services will be held January 9, 2015, 11:00 a.m. at Spencer Libby & Powel Funeral Home. There will be an informal gathering at the Dufur Pastime after the service for those who would like to attend. Memorial contributions can be made to the Dufur Ambulance Fund.
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