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Stephen Edward Sparks

June 17, 1949 ~ December 29, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old

Stephen Sparks Obituary

Stephen Edward Sparks, 74 of Ayrshire (Winslow), Indiana passed away peacefully on December 29, 2023, at his home surrounded by his family after a brief illness.

Stephen was born on June 17, 1949, at home in Evansville, Indiana to the late Edward & Beulah (Blake) Sparks.

He graduated from Central High School in Evansville and honorably served in the United States Army.

He retired a Sergeant with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department after 27 ½ years receiving some of the highest accommodations during his years of service.

He was passionate about everything outdoors particularly hunting and fishing. He valued the 30+ years of camaraderie at the deer camp with his family, neighbors, and friends. He enjoyed the hunting trips to South Dakota, Wyoming and Illinois with his family. He was a Harley Davidson and NASCAR enthusiast. His favorite holiday was Christmas gathering with the entire family for the day and trying to outdo the previous year with a huge fresh tree from Potts Tree Farm and special gifts for everyone. Most importantly, he loved and was so proud of his children and grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.

He was a member of the Posey County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #133, American Legion Post #0115 Winslow, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2646 Winslow and a Commissioned Kentucky Colonel.

Stephen was preceded in death by his parents, Sister-in-law Deborah Sparks, Nephews Jeremy Sparks and Jody Fichtinger.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years Cindy, Son-Randall (Kara) Sparks of Haubstadt, Indiana; Daughters-Jennie (Tim) Claymier and Jamie (Steve) Appman both of Evansville. Grandchildren- Chase Claymier, Hunter (Sierra) McCormick, Shelby (Colton) Camden, Matthew and Emily Jo Sparks and Step Grandson Austin Appman. Great Grandchildren-Hudson McCormick, Kynleigh Camden and baby Weston McCormick due to arrive in February 2024. Brothers-Roger Sparks of Corydon, Kentucky; Dale (Becky) Sparks and Larry (Judy) Sparks both of Evansville. Sister-in-law Rita (Richard) Scales and Brother-in-law Mark (Cathy) Boarman both of Evansville. Nephew’s-Zachary, Sean and Kevin.  Niece’s-Dawn, Dana and Jessica and several great nephews and nieces and cousins.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, January 2, from 2 PM to 8 PM Eastern Time at Harris and Sons Funeral Home located at 705 Walnut Street, Petersburg, Indiana.

Funeral will be on Wednesday, January 3, at 11 AM Eastern Time at Harris and Sons Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Blake/Willis Cemetery at Willisville, Indiana.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Nathanial Grow, Michelle Rudolph NP with In Home Connect, Kelli Huebner RN, Sarah Smith OT with Angels Care Home Health, and the entire staff at Heart to Heart Hospice (Jasper) for the care and support given to Stephen and family.

Please make memorial contributions to Heart to Heart Hospice and may be mailed to PO Box 217, Petersburg, IN 47567. Harris Funeral Home is entrusted with care.

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Services

Visitation
Tuesday
January 2, 2024

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
O. D. Harris Funeral Homes
705 East Walnut Street
Petersburg, IN 47567

Funeral Service
Wednesday
January 3, 2024

11:00 AM
O. D. Harris Funeral Homes
705 East Walnut Street
Petersburg, IN 47567

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