Charles Edward Sparks, 87, Richmond, formerly of the Newman community near Perry, died Oct. 12, 2010, at Ransom Memorial Hospital in Ottawa.
He was born April 1, 1923, at McLouth, the son of James Arthur and Mabel Grant Sparks. He had lived in Richmond since 2006, moving from Newman where he had lived since 1967.
He was a farmer and dairy farmer all his life and had also worked as a heavy equipment operator for Jefferson County.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Missouri Horse, Mule and Pony Driving Association.
He married Nellie A. Winsor Huhs April 29, 1967. She preceded him in death July 4, 2005.
Survivors include two stepdaughters, Irene M. Dannar, Waynoka, Okla., and Donna Ackors, Perry; two brothers, Bill Sparks and Clifford Sparks, McLouth; two sisters, Catherine Biddings, Topeka, and Mary Woodward, Oskaloosa; 12 stepgrandchildren; 18 stepgreat-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Norma J. Huhs Larson, and a brother, Leonard Sparks.
Graveside services were Oct. 15 at Newman-Rose Hill Cemetery, Newman.
Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation and sent in care of Barnett-Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa 66066.
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