The Obit For Maynard Park

Maynard Park
November 1, 1924 - November 4, 2012

Published in Shreveport Times on November 8, 2012

Colonel Maynard L. Park (Retired USAF) Shreveport, LA Graveside services for Colonel Maynard L. Park, age 88, will be held on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Hill Crest Memorial Park with full military honors. The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home. Maynard was born in Milwaukee, WI on October 4, 1924. He was the only child of John and Cora Park. At the age of three the family moved to LaCrosse, WI where Maynard grew up. He was a gifted athlete and was a fervent believer in "man's best friend is a dog." He graduated from...
Colonel Maynard L. Park (Retired USAF)
Shreveport, LA

Graveside services for Colonel Maynard L. Park, age 88, will be held on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Hill Crest Memorial Park with full military honors.

The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Hill Crest Memorial Funeral Home.

Maynard was born in Milwaukee, WI on October 4, 1924. He was the only child of John and Cora Park. At the age of three the family moved to LaCrosse, WI where Maynard grew up. He was a gifted athlete and was a fervent believer in "man's best friend is a dog."

He graduated from Central High School in June of 1942. His plans for a professional baseball career changed with the attack on Pearl Harbor. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps hoping to fly. After pilot training, he joined the war effort in England flying B-17's.

After the war, he resumed his baseball career and played in semi-pro leagues until 1951. On August 3, 1951, he married Oline Kolsrud. In 1953, he was recalled into the service where he served his country for the next 27 years. Most of those years were spent flying B-52's, where he accumulated 6,300 hours in flight. The last years of his career he spent as Chief of Security Police for 8th Air Force at Barksdale AFB. He retired in 1978 and remained in the area. A veteran of WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam, he was truly a member of the "greatest generation."

Maynard was preceded in death by his wife, Oline after 59 years of marriage. He is survived by his four children, Alison and husband Dennis Thompson, Valerie and husband Joseph Sterkx, David Park and wife Tammy, Susan and husband Robert Fuselier, 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

He was a member of Love Chapel Methodist Church. While he was not able to attend church, he enjoyed watching the services on television every Sunday.

We are grateful to the many wonderful people who helped us care for our father in the last few difficult years. He is at peace now and reunited with our mother in heaven.