Thomas Sprouse
May 8, 2021
Anthony Funeral Homes & Crematory, Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Chapel
1990 S Main St
Akron, OH 44301
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.
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My condolences to the Sprouse family. Many great memories shared and remembered. Thoughts are with you Sue, Todd, Richard.
Tracy Sabetta
May 17, 2021
We all send our sincere condolences during this difficilt time. Love to Sue..Richard and Todd..even tho they won't remember me.

Dad sends his sincere condolences also.
Sheila Breiding
May 13, 2021
The Monk Man was always in charge when he umped a game and everyone knew he did not tolerate any shenanigans. There are many great stories about him involving his calls and sayings. I always loved playing games that he umped because you knew something funny or memorable would happen. Truly the best umpire I ever saw in the state, and I have been playing for 36 years. Rest in peace Baby Boy.
Dean Bivens
May 13, 2021
Monk Man! I have to add this exclamation point after your name for accuracy and truth of who I've known you to be. Always full of energy and excitement. Thank you Monk for always opening your doors and treating me as family. Todd and Richard, my condolences and prayers for your loss my brothers.
In loving memory of a wonderful man. We will love you and miss you always.
Dante Booker
May 12, 2021
Rest In Peace my friend. Always enjoy our meetings on and off the softball ! Bless your family.
Bob Guckeyson
May 12, 2021
so sorry to hear about my umpire partner.RIP Monk
George fejes
May 12, 2021
Monk, knew you from Margaret Park thru many games together. You were one unique dude leaving a legend of umpiring behind you. A mold breaker for sure. Rest In Peace.
John dever
May 12, 2021