Rod Parkes, 70, was animator on “Charlotte’s Web”

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Rod­ney Bar­ton “Rod” Parkes, an ani­ma­tor on the 1973 fea­ture film Charlotte’s Web and other Hanna-Barbera Stu­dios pro­duc­tions, died Tues­day. He was 70.

Parkes worked on the series Hardy Boys (1969); Sab­rina and the Groovie Goolies, Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down and Archie’s Fun House (all 1970); Hong Kong Phooey (1974); and Dyno­mutt Dog Won­der (1976).

He was also an ani­ma­tor on the 1973 half-hour spe­cial All About Me. Released by Ani­mated Car­toon Pro­duc­tions, it ran on NBC Children’s The­atre.

After work­ing at H-B, Parkes moved back to Water­loo, Iowa, where he was an ani­ma­tor at an adver­tis­ing studio.

Born in Franklin County, Iowa on August 21, 1941, Parkes was a 1960 grad­u­ate of East High School in Water­loo, Iowa. He par­tic­i­pated in wrestling and base­ball while in school. After grad­u­at­ing, he moved to Los Ange­les, Cal­i­for­nia to study at an art institute.

Fol­low­ing his ani­ma­tion career, he moved to Ari­zona to pur­sue a career in tele­phone con­tract­ing. From this ven­ture, he went back to Iowa and started up Rio Com­mu­ni­ca­tions with his brother. He then ended up in Indi­ana, tak­ing Rio Comm. with him. For the next 15 years, Parks built upon his cable splic­ing business.

After shut­ting down oper­a­tions at Rio Comm., he became employed by Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Prod­ucts Inc., where he worked with fiber optic cable. He retired from this posi­tion in 2007.

In his spare time, he enjoyed read­ing and watch­ing movies about the old West. His favorite actors were always John Wayne and Clint East­wood. He was also a fan of clas­sic hor­ror movies like Jaws and Hal­loween. He later took up the hobby of remote con­trol air­planes, not so much fly­ing them, but build­ing them.

He took mind to every detail involved in the build­ing process. Fish­ing was also a favorite pas­time that Rod­ney he espe­cially enjoyed with his younger son, Spenser.

Rod Parkes was pre­cedeased by son Rod R. Parkes and and brother Bobby Ward.

Sur­vivors include chil­dren Jes­sica Fritz of Brown­stown, Iowa, Monique Toppe of Val­lo­nia, Iowa and Spenser Parkes of Evans­ville, Iowa; grand­chil­dren Hud­son, Olivia, Beau, Molly, Dylan and Rhonda; sis­ters Bev­erly Becker of Dysart, Iowa and Con­nie Nation of Water­loo; twin brother Richard Parkes of Bull­head City, Ari­zona; and many nieces, nephews, great– and great-great-nieces and –nephews.

Arrange­ments were made through Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Ser­vice in Waterloo.

Dona­tions can be made to the Jack­son County Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion for Brown­stown Fund for the Arts.

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