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Glenn C. Sparks, MSgt., USAF (Retired)May 22, 1937 – June 09, 2013
Glenn C. Sparks, 76, of McArthur, Ohio, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2013 after a lengthy illness, surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 22, 1937 in Lex, West Virginia, son of the late Glen and Rebecca Radford Sparks. Glenn was married to Janice Bledsoe Sparks, who survives.
He was a Vietnam Air Force Veteran and served our country for 22 ½ years. Glenn retired from Grant Medical Center in Columbus and DCSC. He was a lifetime member of the McArthur VFW Post #5299 and the FOE AERIE #2279 in McArthur.
Glenn is survived by his daughter, Teresa (Clifford) Shirkey of Columbus; stepdaughter, Kelly (Stephen) Quin of Baltimore, Ohio; stepson, Randall Snider of Jackson; four grandchildren; three step grandchildren; five great grandchildren and a special aunt, Kathleen Quick of Virginia.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Marion Rist Sparks; daughter, Kay Lynn Bothe and sister and brother-in-law, Gladys and Kenneth Johnson.
Funeral services will be held 10 A.M., Thursday, June 13, 2013 in the Garrett-Cardaras Funeral Home, 201 W. High St., McArthur, with Pastor Carl Radcliff and Pastor Vince Williams officiating. Interment will be held at 1 P.M., Thursday, in Franklin Hills Memory Gardens in Canal Winchester, with military graveside services being held by the McArthur VFW Post #5299. Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, from 6-8 P.M.
Please sign his online guestbook at www.cardaras.com
June 26, 2013Aunt Jan I’m so sorry for your loss. Glen was a great guy he will be missed by all. you are in my thoughts and prayers love you always.~Angie McManis, Logan, Ohio
June 18, 2013The world has lost a great comrade in arms, friend, and great person. Our thoughts and sympathy to Jan.~Dennis (Toby) and Candy Tyler, Alabama
June 17, 2013God has received another angel. He was not only the best grandfather, but a great, great grandfather, father, husband, brother, son & friend. He had a great sense of humor and personality, he had such a huge wonderful, caring, open, understanding, kind, loving heart. If only there were more like him. You will always be looking down on us, forever in our thoughts, prayers and hearts! I love and miss you Grandpa!~Rachel Hoyt, Columbus, Ohio
June 13, 2013So sorry to hear of Doc’s passing. Heaven gained a wonderful, funny, and kind man. We were all privileged to get to spend time with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Jan, and the family. God bless you all.~Randy, Kitty, Kevin, Jared, and Carter Sunderland, New Knoxville, Ohio
June 13, 2013Jan and family, Wanda and I both know that we have lost a wonderful friend and our hearts go out to you and your family. May God bless and see you through this troubled times Love, Ray & Wanda~Ray & Wanda Jarrells, New Knoxville, Ohio
June 12, 2013Jan and family you are in our thoughts and prayers you and Glenn were wonderful my love and prayers will be with you in the days to come~Betty Sue and James Lawson, Bandy, Virginia
June 12, 2013My thoughts and prayers for you all…Doc was a funny, loving man and will be remembered for all his pranks…I don’t believe I’ve ever known anyone who loved food more! I feel God is getting a good man and feel honored to have family like him. Jan you gave him the love and peace he searched for. Blessings and peace. Love you.~Rae Ann Roettger, New Knoxville, Ohio
June 12, 2013Jan and Family: Sending loving thoughts and prayers to you all during this difficult time. We were deeply saddened to learn of Doc’s passing. May God abide with you in the days ahead. You are in our thoughts and prayers.~Bill and Farry Owens, Raven, Virginia
June 12, 2013I worked with Glen at 1St Helicopter Sq. Andrews AFB in the 70’s, had a lot of laughs learned a lot from him. He was a wonderful friend and co-worker. May god be with Glen and his family during this time of grieve . My condolences~Jerold Clausius, O’Fallon, Illinois
June 12, 2013I served with Glenn in Vietnam, a fine man! May God bless and comfort your family in your time of grief.~Bob Runninger,Lake Panasoffkee, Florida
June 12, 2013I served with Glenn in the 70’s at Andrews AFB. He was not only a friend but taught me many things about helicopters. He was liked and respected by all that knew him. May God bless Glen and be with his family and friends as they grieve. He was a good man!~Floyd (Buck) Watson, Fort Walton Beach, Florida
June 12, 2013Jan, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Glenn was a wonderful loving and caring man who would help anybody he could, he was greatly loved and will be sadly missed.~Nikki McDaniel, McArthur, Ohio
June 12, 2013Our deepest sympathy to your family you are in our prayers.~Judy Harper
June 12, 2013My sincerest condolences along with Colonel Lajeunesse. We flew many many flights together and share good memories. I am proud to have served by his side.~Armand Fiola, Windermere, Florida
June 11, 2013So sorry to find out about Glen’s passing, lately I am finding this happening more and more. I served with Glen at the 1st Helicopter, we probably had a few more assignments together. My mind isn’t crystal clear as it used to be, but I do remember that Glen was a sharp troop. I too served in the Air Force for 22 1/2 Years.
Willard (Will) Davis, Melbourne, Florida
June 11, 2013Dear Aunt Janice So sorry for your loss, I know from experience that there are not enough words to express the loss of your beloved Glenn so I will just keep you in my thoughts and Prayers! I’m here for you if just need to talk feel free to call me 947-1301 Sending you lots of hugs. Love ya Margaret (McManis)Easter~Margaret Easter, Waverly, Ohio
June 11, 2013Jan, I am so sorry to learn of Glenn’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers! Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your paths.~Kim Graves, Ray, Ohio
June 11, 2013I’m so sorry to hear of Glenn’s passing. I served with Glenn in the U.S. Air Force on helicopters and remember him as a good friend. God rest his soul.~Jim Burns, Navarre, Florida
June 11, 2013Dear Jan, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We are praying for you. God bless you. Take care of yourself. Roxie and I will try to see you next time we are at the cabin/camper. We will not be able to attend the services. In God’s love, Jennifer and Grady Cline and Roxie Beason~Jennifer Cline, Jamestown, Ohio