He was born in Greene County on Oct. 12, 1936, the son of Fred & Nellie Louise (Hanley) Sparks.
He served in the United States Air Force and was a retired Electronic Tech from Crane. He was a member of the Linton First Christian Church, the American Legion Post #106, past president of the Lions Club, and a member of the Masonic Lodge, all of Worthington. He was also a member of the Worthington Cemetery Board where he mowed the cemetery for several years. He served as an attendant on the White River Valley special needs bus and was a past school bus driver for sporting events for WRV schools.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dolores (Tolen) Sparks of Worthington, a son, Brian (Monica) Sparks of Linton, two daughters, Kim (Mark) Downey & Shelly (Paul) Carrico, both of Worthington, a sister, Jean Ann (Don) Pope of Linton, three sisters-in-law, Barbara Sparks of Bloomington, Rose Sparks of Linton, & Sherry (Ed) Crane of Bloomfield, a brother-in-law, Larry (Hazel) Tolen of Wheatland, MO, nine grandchildren, Stephen (Carole) Sparks, Candi (Chris) Payne, Nathan (Angie) Hostetter, Tyler Hostetter, Christopher Carrico, Bryant Sparks, Benn Sparks, Kaitlin Carrico, & Allie Downey; and nine great-grandchildren, Dresden Payne, Peyton Sparks, Jadia Payne, Aspen Sparks, Brittyn Sparks, Syann Payne, Sayla Payne and Hayden Hostetter.
He was preceded by his parents; two brothers, Ronald & Arnold Sparks; a twin infant brother, Norris Gene Sparks; and an infant sister, Arlene Sue Sparks.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Welch & Cornett Funeral Home, Worthington Chapel with Mike Chapman officiating.
Burial will follow at the Worthington Cemetery with military graveside rites by the American Legion & VFW of Worthington.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday and after 9 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday.
Memorial Donation can be given to the American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association through the funeral home.
Online Condolences can be sent at www.welchcornett.com.