Verriel Parkes, 82, Sun Oil retiree, active in church

By on February 2, 2012

Verriel L. Parkes, 82, formerly of New Holland and most recently residing at Ephrata Manor in Ephrata, went to be with the Lord Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 following a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Chester,Verriel was the son of the late Verriel E. Parkes and Elsie Nuttall Parkes. A 1947 graduate of Eddystone High School, he was the husband of Doris M. (Mellon) Parkes.

Verriel was a retiree of Sun Oil Company, where he worked for 38 years, most recently as a chief storehouseman in their Marcus Hook refinery. He was a life-long member of the Church of the Nazarene, where he served faithfully for many years as both an usher and Sunday school teacher for junior and senior high boys, many of whom are serving the Lord today because of his ministry and influence upon their lives. After moving to Lancaster County, Verriel worked part-time at Yoder’s Market in New Holland, and he joined The Gideon’s International to continue serving the Lord. He also remained active for many years pursuing his lifelong love of hunting, both small and big game.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Doris, are two children: Lynne M. Parkes, companion of Harry Hiller; and Lowell D., husband of Lucy Parkes; one grandchild: Katherine E. Parkes; a sister: Marian P., wife of John W. Laufer Jr.; one niece: Louise Laufer Hummel; and one nephew: John W. Laufer III.

His funeral service was held on Jan. 29 in the Donecker Chapel at Ephrata Manor, conducted by Rev. Dawn Snell, pastor of the Rose Tree Park Church of the Nazarene. Interment was private and at the convenience of the family in the Lawn Croft Cemetery, Linwood.

In lieu of flowers, kindly consider making a donation to The Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 241, New Holland, PA 17557 or the United Church of Christ Homes Benevolent Fund, 30 N. 31st Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011.

Arrangements were made by Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland. To share memories of Verriel online, visit

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