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In Memory of

Ronald C. Sparks

October 14, 1925 - January 19, 2012

Obituary


Ronald C. Sparks of Orlando, FL passed away on Thursday January 19th, 2012 surrounded by his family.

Born in Portsmouth, Ohio on October 14, 1925 to Ralph Sparks and Ruth Anderson Sparks, Ronald lived in Florida for the last 31 years of his life. He is survived by his wife of over 67 years, Hershel E. Bowman Sparks, his son Ronald E. Sparks, grandchildren, Rhonda Norheim, Ronald Sparks and Russell Sparks, great-grandchildren Ashley Norheim Skinner, Coral Norheim, Matthew Sparks, Ellis Sparks, Jose Torres, Christopher Sparks, Ashlee Dobson, Cameron Sparks, Leilani Torres, Anthony Sparks,...

Ronald C. Sparks of Orlando, FL passed away on Thursday January 19th, 2012 surrounded by his family.

Born in Portsmouth, Ohio on October 14, 1925 to Ralph Sparks and Ruth Anderson Sparks, Ronald lived in Florida for the last 31 years of his life. He is survived by his wife of over 67 years, Hershel E. Bowman Sparks, his son Ronald E. Sparks, grandchildren, Rhonda Norheim, Ronald Sparks and Russell Sparks, great-grandchildren Ashley Norheim Skinner, Coral Norheim, Matthew Sparks, Ellis Sparks, Jose Torres, Christopher Sparks, Ashlee Dobson, Cameron Sparks, Leilani Torres, Anthony Sparks, and great-great-granddaughter Savannah Skinner. He is also survived by his brother Francis Sparks of Cambridge, MD, sisters Wanda Pitzer, Joyce Cassity, Shirley Hanselman, and Linda Heintz, all of the Cincinnati, OH area. Many nieces and nephews also survive him. He is pre-deceased by sister Eleanor Weller.

He grew up and attended school in Easton and Royal Oak, MD and started his career and married life after the War in 1949, in Cincinnati, OH.

A true American hero, Ronald's life epitomized bravery, sacrifice, and loyalty. He met and married his wife mere weeks before he was shipped overseas to fight for our freedom in the Atlantic Theater as a member of the 106th Infantry Division. He was subsequently wounded and captured by the Germans at the Battle of the Bulge and imprisoned as a POW at Stalag 9b in central Germany for nearly four months. Surviving on willpower and faith, Ronald was liberated and returned to an America changed by the War. His life thereafter reflected the hope and promise of a new future that he helped secure not only for himself but also for all Americans.

Honorably discharged from the US Army as a Sergeant, Ronald earned the following badges of honor and recognition for his service to our country: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, French Croix de Guerre, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Battle of the Bulge Commemorative Medal, WWII Victory Medal, POW Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, French Legion of Honor Medal.

Upon his return to the States, Ronald clocked over 3.5 million miles without an accident citation as a truck driver for various companies, retiring after 23 years from Murphy Motor Company. Ronald had a lifelong love of cars, motor vehicles, and anything on four wheels. He taught all three of his grandchildren how to drive; it was important to him that they learned how to do it right.

Ronald was a member of Fraternal Order of Masons Hoffner Lodge 253. He was also a member of Walnut Hills chapter 213 of the Order of the Eastern Star and a faithful member of Conway First Baptist Church in Orlando Florida.

Ronald will be missed by everyone who knew him; family, friends, and neighbors alike. His life represented a true testament to the strength, perseverance, integrity, honor, and responsibility of an entire generation; the Greatest Generation.

Arrangements under the direction of Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Gotha, FL.