SSG (Ret.) Cliff Parke of Campbellsville, son of James Shelby Parke and Runell Boston Parke, was born in Sulphur Well, Ky. on July 8, 1954. He died at 6:20 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Campbellsville. He was 58.
He professed faith in Christ and was of the Baptist Faith.
He served his country honorably in the United States Army for over 21 years primarily as a Telecommunications Specialist and Recruiter. He retired as a staff sergeant and was awarded many medals and citations including: Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (5th Award), National Defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (4th Award), Driver and Mechanic Badge, US Army Gold Recruiter Badge with three Sapphire Achievement Stars, Sharpshooter Qualification Badge, M-16 Rifle and M-9MM Pistol.
He served during the Vietnam Era and Desert Storm Era, having retired on Sept. 30, 1995.
He was united in marriage to Joyce Sumner Strunk on April 9, 1988.
Besides his wife, Joyce Strunk Parke, he is survived by two step-sons, Eddie Strunk and fiancée, Jennifer Nicholas and Tim Strunk and wife, Karen; two grandsons, Cody Strunk and wife, Bobbi Jo and Keagan Strunk; three great-grandchildren, Anisia Strunk, Caitlin Strunk, and Keagan Edward Strunk, Jr.; all of Somerset; his parents, James Shelby and Runell Parke of Campbellsville; two sisters and their husbands, Jenene and Clark Bledsoe of Floyds Knobs, Ind. and Pattie and Ray Doyle of Marietta, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 at the Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville.
Burial will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 at the Mill Springs National Cemetery in Nancy with full military honors.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home in Campbellsville.