July 3, 2017 at 3:30pm

Memorial for Bruce Park ’61

Bruce G. Park

Bruce G. Park, age 79 of Chattanooga, TN and formerly of Orland Park, Tinley Park and Wilmington, IL, passed away July 3, 2017 at his home. Bruce was raised in Decatur, and graduated from Millikin University. He retired as the Executive VP and COO of Beverly Bancor. Bruce enjoyed backpacking; section hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Vermont, and hiked the Grand Canyon, Isle Royale and the Ozark Highland Trail to mention a few. He also took pleasure in whitewater rafting, which included the Middle and Main Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho, the New River and Gauley River, both in West Virginia, the Monongahelia River in Pennsylvania, and the Colorado River. Bruce also loved creating stained glass pieces, stamp collecting, history, reading, day hikes, travel, and bird watching. Survivors include his wife Margaret Park (nee Murphy), whom he married October 5, 1997 in Sycamore, IL; children: Daniel Park (Rosalie) of New York, NY, Benjamin Park, Michael Park (Marcia) of Tolono, IL, Valerie Togliatti (Tim) of Coal City, IL, Lena Price (William) of Port Orchard, WA, Maria Holstead (Jon) of Chicago, IL, Charles M. Peterson, III of Joliet, IL, Laurel Kherani (Noorali) of Wheaton, IL, and Elizabeth Michuda of Libertyville, IL; (11) grandchildren; one sister Florence Catherine Hovis (James) of DeKalb, IL; one brother George Park (Linda) of Decatur, IL; sister-in-law Sandra Linkletter (Gary Driscoll) of Norwalk, IA, and several nieces & nephews, as well as numerous cousins. Bruce was preceded by his wife Barbara Park and daughter Camille Park. Visitation will be Friday, July 14, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 E. Kahler Rd. in Wilmington (815-476-2181). Funeral service will follow Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services. Preferred memorials may be to the American Cancer Society. Family and friends may sign the guest book, upload photographs or share Bruce's memorial page online by logging onto: BaskervilleFuneral.com.

Published in the Daily Southtown on July 9, 2017

Class Year: 
1961