Donald R. Sparks, Sr. "Sparky"
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WOOSTER: Donald R. Sparks, Sr. "Sparky", 74, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 16, 2012 at Wooster Community Hospital. Born August 27, 1938 in South Shore, KY, he was the son of David and Mary (Boyd) Sparks. Donald retired from AK steel after 32 years and was a member of United Steel Workers Local 169. He had lived in Mansfield since he was 17, just recently moving to Wooster. Donald enjoyed Blue Grass music, fishing, and working with his hands, especially tinkering with electronics. He was a magnificent and gentle man who loved his family.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Loretta Jurane Sparks; children, Deanna Dawn (Terry) McQuistion, Daphne Rae (Troy) Snider, Dawana Dove Sparks, Desiree Davanna Sparks, and Donald Ray (Erin) Sparks, Jr.; grandchildren, Aaron (Rachel) Henderson, Ashley (Daniel) Crites, April Henderson (Alan Bostick), Nevaeh and Erianna Sparks, and Briar Sparks; great grandchildren, McKinlee Crites and Isaac Henderson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Marie Howard, Polly Inlow, Guy Sparks, Jean Branham, and Harlan Sparks.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 100 S. Lexington-Springmill Rd., Ontario, conducted by Pastor Gary Lambert. Friends may call two hours prior to the service from 12:00-2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.
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Published in the News Journal on Nov. 20, 2012