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Obituary: Larry Park, Columbus

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Larry E. Park, 70, of Columbus, died at 7 a.m. Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Shelbyville November 24, 1942, to the late Robert E. and Rosemary M. DeBaun Park. He was raised in Edinburgh and preferred to be known simply as "Park."

Park raised a family with his first wife, Donna Park, in Carmel, Indiana. He was a loving father who had a magnanimous personality and phenomenal sense of humor. He began his career as a teacher and athletic coach at Hamilton Southeastern. Park later became an entrepreneur, beginning his own company, Park Parts, as a manufacturing representative for America's largest forging and automotive companies.

He retired in Columbus with his lovely wife, Linda Park. They enjoyed hiking in the parks, cooking veggies from the garden and fish from Harrison Lake. They spent memorable winters in Florida where Park could fish and kayak, and Linda could garden. Park enjoyed nature and was an avid fisherman. He fished international waters but especially enjoyed fishing in his kayak on Harrison Lake. Park was also a self-taught visionary artist. He took his knowledge of amalgam metal and connections to the forging industry to create highly sophisticated and unusual works of art. His sculptures reflected his philosophical and expansive mind and his work exhibited a dignified sensitivity to design in the exactitude of construction and composition. His polished metal sculptures were constructed by gravity, various types of fits and threaded parts without employing welding. The titles of these works inherited his playfulness and quick wit.

In keeping with Park's wishes there will be no services and cremation is planned.

A celebration of life service in Park's honor will be held on September 22, 2013, at his home on Harrison Lake, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or to the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Online condolences may be sent to the Park Family at

Park is survived by his wife, Linda Park; children, Drew Park of Nashville, TN, and Daphane Park of New York, NY; a stepson, Jack R. Kirby II of Bloomington; and a grandson, Jack R. Kirby III.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements were entrusted to Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.

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