Benjamin Ernell Parke, 13, of Wadsworth, passed away on December 9, 2014. He was born in Niskayuna, New York on April 29th, 2001, the son of Morgan and Kathie (Barnes) Parke. He attended Isham Elementary School, Central Intermediate School and Wadsworth Middle School. After school, Benjamin took art classes, participated in choir, band and drama; where he recently played the role of Maurice in the school’s production of Beauty and the Beast Jr. He enjoyed drawing of all kinds, listening to Taylor Swift music, and participating in scouting activities as a Boy Scout. Benjamin was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, where he learned about God’s Plan of Salvation, the saving power of Jesus Christ, and that families can be together forever. Benjamin will be remembered for his sweet, considerate and outgoing personality, his love of family and friends, his penchant for always telling jokes and making people laugh, and his famous British accent.
Benjamin is survived by his parents Morgan and Kathie of Wadsworth, his big brothers Daniel and Jared, and his little sister Grace. He also leaves his maternal grandparents: Susan Cash of Orchard Park, NY, and Robert and Linda Barnes of Springville, NY; his paternal grandparents, Duane and Margaret Parke of American Fork, Utah; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Benjamin was preceded in death by his aunt, Alice Aline Parke Edmunds, who met him and took him home.
Calling hours will be Sunday and Monday, December 14 & 15, from 6 – 8 pm at the Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home, 174 North Lyman Street, Wadsworth, Ohio. Funeral services will be held December 16 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 4411 Windfall Road, Medina, Ohio. Burial will follow at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
Friends and family members are invited to share their memories of Benjamin at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Memories-of-Benjamin-Parke/1407401752884361?refzhl. The family has established the Benjamin E. Parke Memorial Fund, which will be used for scholarships for Wadsworth High graduates. The address for donations is the Akron Community Foundation, 345 West Cedar Street, Akron, OH 44307, or online at www.akroncf.org/give/ParkeMemorialFund.