Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 9:39 PM on Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Ronald Parke

Oct. 29, 1957-March 6, 2011

Ronald Parke, 53, of Anchor Point died March 6, 2011, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage after a valiant battle with brain cancer.

All are invited to a celebration of life which will be held 5-7 p.m. July 8 at the Homer Elks Lodge. Speaking will begin around 6 p.m.

Ronald was born Oct. 29, 1957 in Austin, Texas to Cheatum Parke and Frances Caldwell. He was raised by his mother. As a young man he moved to Alaska in search of adventure. There he met his late wife, Kristin Parke. They settled down in Anchor Point and raised two sons, Marshall and Jesse.

Ronald is survived by his mother, Frances Caldwell; sisters, Liz Parke, Jean Hancock, and Susan Caldwell; sons, Marshall Parke and Jesse Parke; and grandson Carlin Parke.

His family wants to give great thanks to everyone who made the last year of Ronald's life full.

He left these words: "So this is it! I have shuffled loose the mortal coil and my soul has been hurled into the great void. I am taking the proverbial dirt nap. I have picked my last raspberry, drank my last smoothie and smoked my last home rolled. Cashed in, checked out. I have joined the choir invisible; I have paid Charon's fare. I have succumbed and sprouted wings. Where brain tumors are concerned the word 'progression' is the most unkind word of all. I've known that it was not really of matter of 'if' I was going to die but when and how to make the absolute best use of the time remaining, whether it was two months or two years. I never viewed this diagnosis as a 'gift' or that I was on some kind of 'journey'. It just was! There was no way of knowing how this thing appeared on my brain so I tried not wasting time or energy wondering what I should have or could have done differently. That would have been an exercise in futility. I was probably one of the few that didn't forward one of those damn chain emails to eight of my closest friends. All things considered I would rather just be going about my life with Kristin at my side watching Marshall and Jesse live their lives and watching my grandson grow into a young man. And hopefully one day getting our house finished. I have no idea what lies beyond. I do know that if love transcends the boundaries of life and space and time, I have amassed more than enough to carry me safely to my next destination. I hope I have left enough behind to help light a path so we may one day meet again. Especially to Marshall and Jesse.wherever you go and whatever you dobe happy and know that my love will always be with you, forever. I cannot imagine what my life would have been like without the two of you in it. It was a good ride! So Long For Now, R.D.P."