Jan. 30, 1927 - June 18, 2007
WILLARD - Gene Sparks, 80, of Willard, died Monday at home after a short illness.
He was born January 30, 1927 in Greenwich Twp., to the late Donald Peter and Pluma (Reynolds) Sparks. He was a lifelong resident of the Delphi area.
He was a lifelong farmer. He bred and sold Columbia Sheep. He had served in the Navy during World War II on the L.S.T. 509. He also was the owner of Modelog Homes, and the owner and operator of Sparky's Stables. He had been a past director of the Huron County Fair Speed Dept., a former Ripley Township Trustee, and a retired school bus driver for Greenwich and South Central Schools. He was a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church, a member of the Fairfield Lodge 261 F&AM, a 32nd Degree Scottish Right Valley of Toledo Mason, a member of the Greenwich V.F.W. Post 7492, the Greenwich American Legion Mil Bow Mar Post 280.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Joyce E. (Rang) Sparks; a son and daughter-in-law, Don and Lori Sparks of Plymouth; daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Gary Albright of Willard, Jan and Rich Ryerson of Plymouth and Karen and Harold Dickinson of Norwalk; 10 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; sisters, Marjorie Huston of Willard and Marilyn (Sam) Predieri of Willard; and a brother, Keith (Gert) Sparks of Ashland.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Eastman Funeral Home, 49 W. Main St., Greenwich and from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The Rev. Georgette Gaston will officiate. Burial with military rites will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Shiloh.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the Delphi United Methodist Church, in care of 971 U.S. 224, Willard, Ohio 44890 or to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.