Ralph Kenneth Sparks, 79, of Sullivan, passed away at 8:40 a.m. Friday, August 6, 2004 at his residence.
Born January 23, 1925 in Sullivan County, he was the son of Roy L. and Sarah Katy (Smith) Sparks. He married Lucille (Zeiger) Sparks on August 20, 1949.
Ralph worked at a service man for NIPSCO and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He served in WWII in the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include: his wife Lucille Sparks of Sullivan; three sons, Terry Sparks and his wife Doris of Chelsea, Mich., Mark Sparks and his wife Yvonne of Merrillville, and Jeffery Sparks and his wife Mary of South Bend; two daughters, Melodie Sparks of Gonzales, La., and Lisa Sparks of Carlisle; one sister Marjorie Padgett of Sullivan; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Alexander-Kean Funeral Home Sullivan with Bro. Mitch Hoesman officiating. Cremation has taken place.
Friends may call at 5 p.m. until the time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Vista Care Foundation or the Riley Children's Hospital Fund.