Fred B. Sparks

March 07, 1943 ‒ August 04, 2019

Bucyrus, Ohio

Fred B. Sparks, 76, of Bucyrus passed away Sunday, August 4, 2019 at home surrounded by his family after a 10 month illness.

He was born March 7, 1943 in Bellefontaine, Ohio and was the son of Richard and Miriam (Bower) Sparks. Fred married Patricia Ann (Ketchum) Sparks on April 10, 1965 and they enjoyed 48 years of marriage until her passing on January 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 would retire 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 over 50 years and 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, Florida and special friends, Melinda and Mike Cauley of Bucyrus.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a sister Nancy Ashcraft and a brother Jerry Sparks.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 9, 2019 at Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 1675 Hopley Avenue Bucyrus, Ohio 44820 where a funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 10 at the church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Bucyrus.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Crawford County Community Concert Association, United In Harmony or 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 is honored to serve the family of Fred Sparks, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • Eric and Ryan and families:

    We are so very sorry about your father’s death. We knew him through Charlie Carr and also through the funeral home in Bucyrus. He was a great person. We know you will miss him terribly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Fred was an incredible man that has touched the hearts of many. His memory and love will be cherished forever. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this challenging time. Just know that Heaven has gained another special angel to watch over you and your family. Lots of love, Emi & Ralf

  • We lost a dear friend, whom we have known for over 50 years. He will be greatly missed. Our love and sympathy to Eric and Ryan. May he rest in peace! Love, Bonnie and Bill Mittendorf

  • So sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. Although we lost touch over the years, we still caught up at class reunions. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • Eric and Jayme,

    Your father’s passing is devastating news to us. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. God’s Blessings on you.

    Bart and Jane Scott

  • To Sharon Weimert and Fred’s family, I’m sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. He was a great personality and tromobonist in the Bellefontaine High School marching and concert bands.

  • Dearest Eric and Jayme, we are truly sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers! He Certainly has the look of a kind gentleman!
    Love and hugs!
    Ginny and Don Barr

  • Eric and family, So sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  • Eric, Ryan and family,
    We send our thoughts and prayers to all of you. Fred will always be remembered for his kindness and support in my beginning years in the profession. May his upbeat personality, smile and laughter remain among your family memories. God bless you all in this difficult time. Tami Baird and family

  • Eric and Jayme,
    My heartfelt condolences to you and your family at this sad time. Send my thoughts and prayers to all.

  • I am so sorry to loose my very good friend of over 55 years. I will dearly miss our monthly meetings at Bob Evans in Marion to set the world straight ( particularly the Buckeyes). I will miss his Florida visits with Sharon and Roy as I live near them in the winter and it gave us a chance to get together. Oh, how he missed his lovely Pat. You have heard him say, “she set the bar pretty high”. Fred set the bar pretty high too. It was an honor to call him my friend, my deepest sympathy to his family that he was so proud, and Fred, you never called me at a bad time.

  • Eric and family,so sorry to hear of passing o your father.we are praying for your family.that God will give you peace.

  • Eric, Ryan, family, and friends.
    Thoughts, prayers, hugs, and love to all of you. It is a privilege to have known your amazing parents. May you find peace that they are together now and forever.
    Love Rebecca Lawrence and family
    (Danie’s BFF)

  • Deepest sympathy to the family of Fred Sparks. May many fond memories be a comfort to all during this time. Fred was a good neighbor to us over the past 14yrs and will be missed. May God bless.

    The Pigmans

  • Eric and Ryan,
    Wishing you much love as you celebrate and honor Fred. He was a good friend to my father, Tony. I enjoyed knowing him, and it was always a pleasure to speak with him. He will be missed by many.
    Bless you all,
    Alena Fox

  • Eric Ryan and family
    Our deepest condolences on the loss of a great man and friend. May you cherish many wonderful memories of his life. He will be missed
    With our sympathies,
    Jack and Barb Koschnick

  • Eric, Ryan and family,

    I was so sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. He was a good man and I enjoyed working for him for many years. I saw him a couple of times in the last few months, and it was wonderful to visit with him and catch up. I know how much you all will miss him, and he was so proud of you. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and you have my deepest sympathy. Treasure your memories.

  • To the Sparks family and Melissa and Mike,

    Life is always too short with our loved ones. Fred will be missed as a beloved member of the community and long-time friend to many.

    My condolences on your loss
    Cindy (Pfaff) Karns

  • Eric and Family,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Thoughts and prayers,
    Mary Anne Iles

  • I only knew Fred for a few short years but during that time I found him to be a very warm and caring person. He got such a kick out of sharing the corniest jokes with me. He touched a special place in my heart.

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Betty Bittner

  • Eric, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. I am out of town wish I could be there for you. God Bless. Bob

  • Eric and family, we are so sorry to hear about your Father. He sounds like he was a wonderful man. May he rest in peace. Thinking of you and all of your family.

  • My sisters and I went to school with with Fred in Bellefontaine. My wife and had the opportunity to lunch with him a few years ago. It was great afternoon spending time retelling and revisiting our younger years. We are greatly saddened to learn of his passing and wish your families the sincerest condolences. May God bless you with his peace and healing grace as you grieve the loss of your father.

  • Ryan & Eric,
    We have always adored your parents so much! Both were incredible people. I am so deeply saddened to hear about your Dad. All my love, thoughts, and prayers for you at this time.
    All my love,
    Kristen Mittendorf Shea

  • Ryan & Eric

    So sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. Deepest sympathy to your family. I look back with fond memories of a man who taught me so much. Many things I still use in business today. May God bless you with his peace. Thinking of you.

    Brad White

  • Dear Eric and family, I’m so sorry to hear this. I didn’t know your dad, but he sounds like an amazing man. I know how difficult this time is. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Julie and family

  • To the Sparks family,
    Sending our thoughts and prayers to the sons and their families.Knew that Fred was under Hospice. Will keep you in our prayer times. Fred was a great guy and will be missed by many.
    Bob and Ann Baird

  • It is with such great and overwhelming sadness regarding Fred’s untimely passing. His and Jim Brown’s visits to Marion to meet at Bob Evans to gas over old memories and work on solving the world’s problems meant so much to Jack! Even when Jack’s Alzheimer’s was progressing I Was privileged to get to join in on these monthly get togethers and be forced to listen to all their nonsense and laughter! So wanted to have a table to myself on the other side of the restaurant but Fred would not hear of it. I think he enjoyed seeing me miserable! Just kidding dear friend . You will be so missed and was one exceptional man full of compassion and love for people. You earned your peace and heavenly home. Well done good and faithful servant Sincere condolences Eric Ryan and family., Live Jack and Marilyn

  • We are thinking about you all at this time, Fred was a great person and we enjoyed our time with him when he visited Sharon and Roy in the Villages, God bless you all. Suza

  • Eric and Ryan,
    My heartfelt condolences go out to you both. I just learned of the news yesterday and I’m still trying to process it all. Your dad was so kind to help me when Bob passed away and kept in touch to make sure I was doing okay. He was such a kind soul with a huge heart! Know that his absence will be truly missed by so many. Hugs to you both!

  • Fred and Sharon have been dear friends since high school. I don’t think I ever met anyone that could match Fred’s standards as a true gentleman and genuine friend. He will definitely be missed but not forgotten. My deep sympathies to the family for their loss.