Kenneth Roy Sparkman of Miami died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, at his home in Miami following a long illness.
Mr. Sparkman was born May 19, 1920, in rural Fairland to Augustus Henry and Anna Mae (Crotzer) Sparkman. He graduated from Fairland High School. He served his country during World War II as a member of the U.S. Army. He was with the 535th AAA AW Battalion during the D-Day Invasion at Normandy, France. His division was attached to General Patton's Third Army. Mr. Sparkman was also involved in the Battle of the Bulge. He received the Purple Heart for injuries he received during his service.
He retired from B. F. Goodrich in Miami after 30 years on the tube line. He was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Miami, a member of the Shawnee Tribe and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
On May 20, 1946, he married Ruby O'Banion in Joplin, Mo. She survives, of the home.
Additional survivors include, two daughters, Sherry Anderson of Miami and Vicky Sparkman of Tulsa; five grandchildren, Angela Helmig of Burtonsville, Maryland, Teresa Crow of Oklahoma City, Pamela Hargon of Miami, Steven Laue of Adair and Brian Laue of Miami, and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Margaret Ann Laue; two brothers, Gilbert Sparkman and Herbert Sparkman; five sisters, Pansy Oyler, Edna Marshall, Ferol Jingst, Myrtle Roberts, and Alma Wilson.
A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5, 2007, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Miami with Chaplain John McPhail of Regency Hospice officiating. Burial will follow in G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami under the direction of Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home of Miami.
Mr. Sparkman's nephews Jimmie Oyler, David Sparkman, Ronald Sparkman, Kenneth Roberts, Richard Christensen, and Steve Sparkman will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be John Sparkman and Bryan Sparkman. The Floyd L. Perry American Legion Post #147 Veterans Funeral Detail will provide graveside military honors.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 5 p.m. today at Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home in Miami.