Edward Earl “Eddie” Parks, 66, passed away at his home in Sheridan, surrounded by his loving family and caregivers on Saturday morning, Dec. 12, 2020.
Born in Lebanon, Ind. on Oct. 13, 1954, he was the son of the late Willie Ernest and Phyllis Joan (McDole) Parks.
He attended Marion Adams High School (now Sheridan Community Schools) and worked for Biddle Manufacturing in Sheridan, retiring after 20 years of dedicated service.
Family, friends, and sports were some of Mr. Parks' favorite things, and not always in that order. He lived for his kids. He always looked forward to baseball season and the years he was able to coach as his son was growing up. In later years, his grandchildren became his focus; he tried his best never to miss any of their activities or sporting events.
As for friends, Mr. Parks never met a stranger. You could always spot him on the porch waving at just about everybody who passed by. He also had a soft spot in his heart for animals, especially dogs.
However, sports sometimes took on a life of their own. Mr. Parks was a die-hard Sheridan Blackhawks fan. He was proud to have played for Coach Wright, and never stopped supporting Blackhawk Football. He was also an Indianapolis Colts fan, but where things started to go off the rails is when it came to college basketball. He was an IU superfan with cream and crimson flowing through his veins, and no matter what kind of season the Hoosiers were having, when March rolled around the madness always took over.
Mr. Parks would save up all his vacation days so he could stay home and watch the NCAA Tournament.
Survivors include his son Cody E. Parks (Melissa) of Sheridan; daughter, Crystal (Marc) Catron of Sheridan; grandchildren, Keegan Catron, Korben Catron, Wade Catron, Evelyn Catron, Axel Schilling and Jasper Garrity; brothers, Ernest (Anna) Parks of Noblesville, and William (Laurie) Parks of Indianapolis; sisters, Patricia Risden of Noblesville and Jeanette Hopkins of Noblesville.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Private family services were scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 at Kercheval Funeral Home in Sheridan.
Mr. Parks will be laid to rest at Spencer Cemetery in Sheridan with Pastor Steve Carlock officiating.