Roger Dean Parkhurst, De Smet Class of ‘69, was born in Huron, South Dakota, to Martha and Lyman Parkhurst. Roger’s siblings include Dee, Marlys, Marion, Diane, and his younger brothers, Dale and Dennis.
It was here that Roger developed his love for God and his country. Roger and Dale moved to New Jersey in the early 70’s to work alongside their older brother, Dee, at Pumping Services Incorporated in Middlesex, N.J. These three brothers could build, fix and repurpose anything. After all, they were from the wild west! This adventure was the beginning of Roger’s long withstanding career of over 50 years with the company.
Roger was a top level Sales Engineer, where he had vast experience in pump systems and treatment of water and wastewater systems. He was active in the Water Environmental Association, serving as President of the Central Section and chairing holiday parties and assisting in golf outings. He enjoyed working alongside talented people who genuinely cared about the environment.
In June, 1975, he married Lynn Karla Wahl and went on to raise three beautiful, successful children: Jessica, Elizabeth and Karl. Roger moved to Lakewood, N.J. in 1979 and throughout the years served his community by leading Boy Scouts, coaching basketball, serving his PTA and PTO and advising the youth group of Christ United Methodist Church. Roger also served as a member of the Lakewood Blackhawks for 28 years, a philanthropic group helping the youth of Lakewood, where he also served as president.
The Lakewood Elks Lodge #1432 was also an important part of Roger’s community service. He served as Exalted Ruler and served in all charitable stations over the last 26 years. Community service was important to Roger, as he served on the Veterans Committee and the South East District John Sentner Polar Plunge committee, which grants special needs children the opportunity to attend a specialized camp free of charge.
Roger loved his family, friends and community. These past few years he began Rv’ing and boating on his pontoon with his family, which he greatly enjoyed.
Roger leaves behind an amazing legacy to his wife, Lynn; his children, Jessica and Karl Parkhurst and Elizabeth and Anthony Sernotti; his grandchildren. Evelynn, Ava, Abigail, and James and a host of extended family.
A memorial service was held in Toms River, New Jersey, on Oct. 3, 2020.