Warren Alfred Sparks, 89, of Bloomington, died Sunday, Dec.
Born Sept. 25, 1920, in Fort Wayne, Ind., he was the son of Alfred H. Sparks
and Roxie Breeden.
He was a retired sales representative for British Petroleum. He was a member
of Crossroads Methodist Church and loved to play golf. He was a veteran of
World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, and was a member of the Bloomington
American Legion Post.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys Sparks of Bloomington; daughter-in-law,
Susan Sparks of Bloomington; six grandchildren; 1 step-grandchild; 10
great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Chrystal Pike;
and a brother and wife, Donald and Romain Sparks of Martinsville.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Warren Edgar Sparks and Robert W.
Sparks; two brothers, Elwood and Jim Sparks; and three sisters, Molly
Vaught, Edna Zoethel Sparks at age 7 and Betty Gentry.
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Deremiah-Frye Mortuary, Greene &
Harrell Chapel with the Rev. Ray New officiating. Burial will follow in
Greene County Chapel Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Backstreet Missions.
The Herald-Times, December 15, 2009
[courtesy of Gail Strub]
Grave markers for Warren A Sparks and spouse in Greene
County Chapel Cemetery, Solsberry (Greene county), Indiana.
Warren enlisted in the Army at Indianapolis, IN on 9
On 30 September 1942, Pvt Sparks was transferred from the
Reception Center, Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN to Company C, 508th PIR.
He was appointed to the grade of Pfc on 15 May 1943.
Pfc Sparks jumped into Normandy on D-Day and was reported
missing in action as of that same day.
In fact he had been taken prisoner and sat out the
war being released from Stalag 4B on 14 June 1945.
He was discharged on 10 December 1945.