67, 978 Knox Hwy 27, Gilson, IL died at 1:40 PM Thursday September 23, 2004 at his home.
He was born May 23, 1937 in Manito, IL, the son of Ralph E. and Geneva E. Barnes Parkin. He married Bonnie Faye Engle September 8, 1957 in Belvidere, IL. She survives.
Also surviving is his mother, Geneva Parkin of Denver, CO, three sons, Dale E. Jr. (and Ronda) Parkin, William D. (and Shiela) Parkin, and Jeffrey S. (and Jeanie) Parkin, all of Galesburg, IL, two daughters, Julie A. (and Mike) Bell of Oceanview, Hawaii and Michelle Roberts of Galesburg, IL, two sisters, Jean (and Forrest)Davis of Manito, IL and Marlene (and LeRoy) Bacher of Denver, CO, ten grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his father.
He worked as a heavy equipment operator and mechanic for Local 649 Operating Engineers, Peoria, IL for 45 years, retiring in June of 2000. He graduated from Forman Community High School in 1955 and he attended Western Illinois University.
He was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 649, Peoria, IL.
Funeral will be 10 AM Monday at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. The Rev. Tom Larsen will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7 PM Sunday at the chapel. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of the donor’s choice.