Robert Glenn Sparks

September 10, 1941 ‒ November 20, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Quiet people have the loudest impact. Bob Sparks’ simple tips for life included: feet on the ground, hands to the work of the Lord, eyes on Christ, and a quiet knack for opening his heart to touch those around him.

The Lord brought eternal rest to his servant Robert Glenn “Bob” Sparks Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from his Mansfield home. He was 77.

Born September 10, 1941 in Lexington, Kentucky to Oscar and Allene (Dunaway) Sparks, he was graduated from Lafayette High School in Lexington and attended Asbury University.

While at a church camp meeting he met Linda J. Young, and the two were married June 2, 1963.

For 20 years, Bob served as operations manager with Montgomery Wards in Mansfield. He later served 20 years with Richland County Child Support Agency retiring as director to work part-time with Joyce Buick.

A forty-year member of Mansfield Alliance Church, Bob loved the congregation and served as elder and chaired the church board and the mission committee. More recently he attended Berean Baptist Church.

Bob will be best remembered for embracing true religion: he treasured, and valued his relationship with elderly friends, it naturally flowed from his kind heart – he put others first, and led with quiet strength.

An avid UK Basketball fan, Bob followed OSU football and the Cincinnati Reds, and never got enough Skyline Chili! Bob’s highest earthly accolade was that of “Grandpa.” He dearly loved his family and enjoyed his time with them.

That loving family includes his devoted wife Linda; their daughter Susan (Bob) Bravard of Lexington, KY; daughter-in-law Christy Sparks of Mansfield; granddaughters Elizabeth, Julia, Anna, Lauren, Lindsey, and Emily; sisters Sharon (Dave) Winkle, Karen (Mark) Bruins and sister-in-law Carol Sparks all of Lexington, KY; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

His beloved son Michael Glenn Sparks passed into the Lord’s care March 24, 2013. Also deceased is his brother Wayne Sparks.

The Sparks family will receive guests Friday, November 23, 2018 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A worship service, giving glory to God for the life of Bob Sparks will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in Berean Baptist Church. Pastors Larry Hulver and Phil Leineweber will speak.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bob’s memory to the Great Commission Fund of MAC to support Kirsten & Mark Carter or to the Deacon’s Fund of Berean Baptist Church may be made at the funeral.

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  • Dear Linda, I never got to meet Bob, but felt like I knew him because of all the neat family pictures that were posted on FB all these year. I just knew that he was a wonderful person and a very loving husband, father and grandfather. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family.

  • I am so very sorry. Our prayers are with you. Uncle Bob will be missed! He looks so much like Pa and had a crazy sense of humor 🙂

  • Dear Linda,
    Bob fought a valiant battle, and the battle is now over. He’s having Thanksgiving with
    Jesus this year. Your pictures show that you have beautiful memories to cherish, and I pray God will be your comfort and peace. It has been such a privilege to know the two of you and some of your family, and I pray God will be your strength in the days ahead. We love you. Tom & Shirley Davidson

  • This is sad news. I grew up with the Sparks family at Epworth. Knew the wonderful family well. Thought a lot of Bob!. Oscar and Eileen were leaders and taught their children well. May God’s love anf comforting presence be with the family. John and Audra Kays

  • Dearest Linda, Family,
    Richard and I send up prayers for you Dearest One, in hearing of your beloved Bob gaining Heaven and joining your precious son Michael.
    Just now finding out that Bob past into Glory, or Rich and I would have been there to pay tribute to Bob.
    Both of you have always been a most precious couple, knowing and worshiping with you @ our church home for many wonderful, memorable years.
    Our daughters befriending one another and the many Sundays studying Gods word in M & M class with brothers, sisters in our Lord.
    Only for a time, will Bob be away from you Linda, comparing that to Eternity that we, as children of God will spend together. May the promises of God and the years of heartfelt memories be your comfort, until you meet again!
    Love you Mrs, Robert Sparks. ❤️🙏🏼❤️

  • The Sparks Family,
    I just found out today that Bob went to be with the Lord. I had the privilege of taking care of him on many occasions while he was being treated at The James Cancer Hospital. It was a honor to meet him and get to know him. He would share stories of his family and his love of our Savior Jesus Christ.
    Bob always had a smile and a kind word and would light up when talking about his grandchildren. The pictures show how much he enjoyed his family and loved being a grandpa. I love the picture with him and the girls eating popcorn.
    Everyone at the hospital loved him. We would see his name on the admission list and fight over who was going to get to take care of him! He will always have a very special place in our hearts.

    Deb Cooley
    Staff Nurse 21 James