Fred B. Sparks, 76, of Bucyrus passed away Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019, at home surrounded by his family after a 10-month illness.
He was born March 7, 1943, in Bellefontaine, a son of Richard and Miriam Bower Sparks. Fred married Patricia Ann Ketchum on April 10, 1965, and they enjoyed 48 years of marriage until her passing Jan. 24, 2014.
He graduated from Bellefontaine High School in 1961 and attended Bowling Green State University where he met Pat. Fred continued his education at the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and graduated in 1965. He worked for Reeb Funeral Home in Sylvania for a number of years, and in 1975 Fred and Pat moved to Bucyrus to work at Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home where he retired in 1999 as president of the funeral home.
Fred attended Woodlawn United Methodist Church in Bucyrus, and during his career was a past member and president of the Bucyrus Kiwanis Club. He was a Master Mason for more than 50 years and was a member of the Aladdin Shrine Temple of Columbus. Fred and Pat enjoyed playing cards and were in euchre and bridge clubs for many years.
Fred had a love of music and singing. He played in his high school band, attended many drum and bugle corps competitions and was a long-time member of the Crawford County Community Concert Association. Fred sang with the former Country Gentleman and absolutely loved singing with United In Harmony for the past 10 years.
He is survived by twin sons, Eric J. (Jayme) Sparks of Galion and Ryan R. (Caren) Sparks of Columbus; two grandsons, Brock and Bryant Sparks; sister, Sharon (Roy) Weimert of The Villages, Fla.; and special friends, Melinda and Mike Cauley of Bucyrus.
He also was preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Ashcraft; and a brother, Jerry Sparks.
Calling is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 1675 Hopley Ave., Bucyrus, where a funeral service begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug.10. Burial is in Oakwood Cemetery, Bucyrus.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Crawford County Community Concert Association; United In Harmony; and HomeCare Matters Hospice in care of the funeral home.
The family would like to thank HomeCare Matters Hospice and especially Kevin Bryden for their compassionate care.
Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion assisted the family.
Express condolences at snyderfuneralhomes.com.