Robert L. Sparr, 82, of Missoula passed away on Wednesday, June 23, at St. Patrick's Hospital.
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He was born Nov. 24, 1927, in Bozeman to Albert and Zelda Sparr. As a child growing up during the Great Depression, Bob had many experiences, which developed his tenacious enduring attitude toward hard work and play.
He served in the Navy during and after World War II, and was stationed in Japan as a carpenter. Bob returned home and worked for the BA&P Railroad in Anaconda for several years where he was an engineer. His love of trains remained a lifelong hobby.
He began his business career in Anaconda with a Conoco station and later a towing and service operation. He moved the business to Missoula in 1970 where he and his two children, Bill and Bobbi, expanded the business to include auto repair, towing and recovery, moving truck rental, and property rental. He retired, but never left the business, often consulting and managing from his home or on daily visits to the business across the street.
He enjoyed ballroom dancing, Grizzly football, walks with his dogs, and gardening. He and his wife, Elly, shared endless hours of joy in their
joint interests and pure enthusiasm for life. Bob's interest in dancing was so passionate he built an addition to his home with a ballroom dance floor just so he could practice regularly. He was an enthusiastic Griz' fan; holding season tickets, he never missed a game. Daily outings to the river with his "puppies", Prince and Princess, were an important part of Bob and Elly's life. An animal lover at heart, he owned many pets throughout his life, including a squirrel named Rocky. An avid hat collector, he had an extensive collection from various time periods and countries. Bob also enjoyed gardening and working in his yard with Elly. He built river rock archways to his home which will forever welcome and remind us all of his enthusiastic spirit for life.
Survivors include his wife, Elly, Missoula; daughter, Roberta, Missoula; grandchildren, Michael (Jamie), Missoula; Lisa (Al), Missoula; brother, Albert J. (Ginger), Columbia Falls; and other extended family members in Missoula area. He is preceded in death by son, William C.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at the Alliance Church, 100 Foss Crt. East, Missoula at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30. Tow truck procession line up from Sparr's Towing, 2000 W. Central, Missoula, at 10:30 a.m. Memorial service to be officiated by Chaplain Dan Dixon. A reception will immediately follow the service at the Alliance Church. The family suggests memorials to the U of M Foundation, Excellence Fund, P.O. Box 7159, Missoula 59807.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 27, 2010