Gordon Ray Parks, 62, of McPherson, passed away at 1 a.m., Thursday, May 4, 2017 suddenly, at his home, McPherson.

Gordon was born in Wichita, on Jan. 24, 1955, a son of Adella Ruth (Bohn) Parks and Clement Roy Parks, Jr.

Gordon attended Roosevelt grade school, Park School, McPherson Junior High and McPherson High School, McPherson. It was during his high school years that Gordon enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he received his GED. Sometime during boot camp, he was honorably discharged.

Through the years, Gordon worked as a frame builder for Danielson's Design's, worked for Clark Arms as a gunsmith, worked as an roughneck on the oil rigs in Kansas and Colorado.

Gordon enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, playing pool and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Gordon Parks was united in marriage to Debi Gosen on May 1, 1981 at the First Christian Church, McPherson. The young couple established their first home together in McPherson. This union was blessed with the birth of three children: two sons and one daughter, James, Kristin, and Tyler.

They moved to Trinidad, Colorado to attend gun smithing school. He then moved to Grand Junction, Colorado in 2004 until he moved to DeBeque, Colorado. Gordon came back to McPherson in 2015.

Gordon is survived by his children: James Parks and his wife Kristina of Burleson, Texas, Kristin Hall and her husband Ephraim of Wichita, and Tyler Parks, of DeBeque, Colorado; his mother, Adella Parks of McPherson; his siblings, Bill Parks of Grand Junction, Colorado, Tim Parks of Rifle, Colorado, Becky Prichard and her husband Chuck of DeBeque, Colorado, and Brenda Carlson and her husband Robert of McPherson; his six grandchildren, Brooklyn and Ellie Parks, Elijah Parks, Colby and Jaden Hall, Jace Parks; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Gordon was preceded in death by his father Clement Roy Parks, Jr., brother Monty Parks, niece Shayna Prichard, and nephews Cole and Cody Parks.

Visitation with the family will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Glidden - Ediger Chapel, McPherson.

The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at First Christian Church, McPherson, with Pastor Lynn Scott officiating.

The final resting place will be held at the McPherson Cemetery McPherson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Gordon Parks Memorial Fund and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home, 222 W. Euclid St., McPherson, Kansas 67460.