Park services

Visitation for Aubrey Glen “Cub” Park, 91, of Oakley, father of Karen Gilpin of Iola and whose death notice was published in Monday’s Register, will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday with funeral services at 10 a.m. Friday at Oakley United Methodist Church.
He was born June 1, 1918, in Bates County, Mo., to Leroy J. and Winnie Pleasant Park. He died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at Oakley Manor following several months of failing health.
He graduated from Oakley High School in 1936 and from Kansas State University in 1947 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was a World War II veteran serving in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army as a major in 1946.
On Aug. 16, 1946, he married Jessie Lou Swart. They were married for 54 years.
He served on the Oakley school and library boards, was active in Shrine and Masons, serving as Master in Oakley Lodge No. 253, District Deputy Grand Master, District Lecturer, Grand Lodge officer and member of the board of directors for the Kansas Masonic Foundation. He and his wife, Jessie, served as Worthy Patron and Matron with the Order of the Eastern Star in Oakley.
He was a member of Oakley United Methodist Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.
In 1961, he was awarded a Carnegie Medal of Honor for rescuing a young girl from her burning home. He liked sports and enjoyed boating and camping.
Actively involved in car dealerships for about a half century, he retired from daily involvement with family-owned Swart-Park Motors in 2001.
He is survived by a son, Warren and his wife, Cora Lee, Oakley, and a son, Wade, and his special friend, Susan Raines, Iola; a daughter, Karen and husband, Jim Gilpin, Iola; a son-in-law, Thomas Windsor, Overland Park; a special friend, Norma Seibel, Oakley; grandchildren and step-grandchildren, Matthew and his wife, Cristy, Oakley, Dr. Andrew and his wife, Mega, Kansas City, Wendy Park Parsons and her husband, Pat, Oakley, Stephen Gilpin and his wife, Angie, Hiawatha, Geoffrey Gilpin and his wife, Kristy, Palatine, Ill., Sarah Gilpin, Osawatomie, Jade Park, Manhattan, Shaane Park, El Dorado, Mark and Steven Samuelson, Oakley, and Sheliah Waggoner, Nashville, Tenn.; 12 great-grandchildren; eight sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
His wife, Jessie, a daughter, Nancy, and brothers, Wilfred and Kermit, died earlier.
Memorials to Oakley Wild West Foundation, The Kansas Masonic Foundation and Oakley United Methodist Church may be sent in care of Kennedy-Koster Funeral Home, 217 Freeman Ave., Oakley, Kan. 67748-1915, which is in charge of arrangements.