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‘Mr. Perham’ honored by Lions

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‘Mr. Perham’ honored by Lions
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The man once referred to as “Mr. Perham” has been posthumously inducted into the Lions Multiple District 5M Hall of Fame.

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Bill Parks, a former member of the Perham Lakes Lions Club and 5M9 District Governor, “lived and breathed Lions,” according to an email sent to the Focus by local Lion Patricia Hendrickx.

Parks was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Lions’ Multiple Convention in Morton, Minn., at the end of April.  His daughter, Jerri Dykhoff, and sister-in-law, Lion Pat Udelhofen, accepted the award on his behalf.

Parks was nominated for the honor by 5M9 District Governor Don Hendrickx and Past District Governor Peter Van Erp.

Parks served as District Governor in 1997 and 1998. During his time with the Lions, he served as zone chair, chair for Leader Dogs for the Blind, and was Kamp West director for Kamp KACE (Kids Against Cancer Everywhere). 

He was a Melvin Jones Fellow, Helen Keller Sight Award recipient, winner of the International Presidents Appreciation Award, a Perham Hall of Fame award winner and the recipient of the Rotarian Certificate of Appreciation.

Parks was often called “Mr. Perham” for his various involvements in the city. He served as Chamber President, Relay for Life co-chair, city councilor, and was the Lions demo derby emcee for years.  He was on various committees, and was dedicated to his home parish at Calvary Lutheran Church. He was also a Boy Scout Leader and Cub Master.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Parks met his wife, Dessie, while working at Gillette Hospital. 

Lions members today remember Parks as a “people’s person,” according to the email, and although he died in 2008, “his spirit lives on in those who knew and loved him.”

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