Thomas R. Sprouse, 75, better known as the "Monk Man," passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021 after a lengthy illness. Monk was born in Akron, OH to Thomas and Lena (Joseph) Sprouse. Monk proudly served in the U.S. Navy and was a Vietnam Veteran. Monk spent most of his career as a softball umpire. He worked 25 state tournaments, 8 national tournaments, and 6 world tournaments. In 1992, he was named USSSA Umpire of the Year. In 2006, he was inducted into the Summit County Softball Hall of Fame. Monk will forever be missed by his wife of 53 years, Sue; his sons, Todd (Leslie), Richard (Lynn); grandchildren, Ryan, Michael, Rylie, Lauryn; sister, Virginia Sens; special nephew, Rick Sens; niece, Judy Lance and nephew, Eric Sens; and honorary sons, Ron Ziler and Sammy Ray Lynch. Special thanks to Heartland Hospice for their care of our husband and father. Cremation has taken place and final disposition of the remains will take place with Military Honors at a private family service at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
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Published by Akron Beacon Journal on May 12, 2021.