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Larry P. Sparks

January 26, 1943 February 13, 2019
Larry P. Sparks
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Obituary for Larry P. Sparks

Larry “Sparky” Paul Sparks, age 76, of Mattoon passed away at 11:02 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.
Funeral Services honoring his life will begin at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Schilling Funeral Home with Pastor J. Michael Smith officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Larry was born on January 26, 1943 in Mattoon the son of Ray Cecil and Madeline (Tinsman) Sparks. He married Joyce Louise Leitch on August 7, 1964.
Survivors include his loving wife, Joyce Sparks of Mattoon, IL; children, Eric Sparks (Megan Ryczek) of Oak Park, IL, Chad Sparks of Chicago, IL and Nick (Annah) Sparks of Washington, IL; grandchildren, Ella Sparks, Claire Sparks and Madeleine Sparks; and canine companion, Molly. Larry was preceded in death by his parents; son, Scott Sparks; brother, Bill Sparks and sister, Peggy Larimore.
Larry was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Mattoon where he and Joyce taught Sunday School for 30 years. He retired from RR Donnelley after many years of dedicated service. Larry lived with diabetes after being diagnosed at the age of 42. He was a lifetime member of Weight Watchers. He enjoyed time at the beach and in the sun, loved fishing, baseball and softball. Larry was an avid reader and always kept a journal of memories. Most of all, Larry cherished spending time with his family and was very active in their lives. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Memorial donations in his honor may be given to the First United Methodist Church, 1601 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL 61938 or DaVita Dialysis, 6051 Development Drive, Charleston, IL 61920.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Saturday

16

Feb

10:00 AM 2/16/2019 10:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 2/16/2019 12:00:00 PM
Schilling Funeral Home

1301 Charleston Avenue
Mattoon, IL 61938

Schilling Funeral Home
1301 Charleston Avenue Mattoon 61938 IL
United States

Funeral Service

Saturday

16

Feb

12:00 PM 2/16/2019 12:00:00 PM - 1:00 PM 2/16/2019 1:00:00 PM
Schilling Funeral Home

1301 Charleston Avenue
Mattoon, IL 61938

Schilling Funeral Home
1301 Charleston Avenue Mattoon 61938 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

First United Methodish Church of Mattoon

DaVita Dialysis

6051 Development Drive
Charleston, IL 61920
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