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Sparks, 85, of Galesburg, died at 1:10 a.m. Thursday, November 28,
2019, in Seminary Manor.
born August 9, 1934, in Galesburg, the son of Lloyd and Helen
(Hurley) Sparks. He married Katherine Rawlins on October 29, 1958,
in El Paso, Texas.
survived by his wife of over 61 years, Katherine; a son, David Sparks
of Galesburg; a daughter, Carrie (husband, Mark Kubik) Sparks of
Elizabeth, Colorado; and two grandchildren, Jessica Sparks and
Nicholas Sparks. His parents preceded him in death.
graduated from Galesburg High School in 1952 and from Knox College in
1956, with honors. He then served in the United States Army for two
years, stationed at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas.
returning to Galesburg, Bob began working for Rowe Manufacturing from
1958 to 1968. He then began a career in banking with United Federal
Savings Bank, retiring in 1985 as president.
very active in community affairs over the years. He was an active
Knox College Trustee from 1981 to 1988 and a life trustee until his
death. He served on the board and was past president of OSF St. Mary
Medical Center and the Foundation Council, retiring in 2014. Bob was
a member and past president of Soangetaha Country Club and Galesburg
Rotary Club. He was also past president of the Knox County YMCA
board, serving at the time the current facility on Carl Sandburg
Drive was built.
Bob was an
will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, December 5, 2019 at
Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services
Galesburg Chapel. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Friday, December 6,
2019 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church with burial following in St.
Joseph Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Corpus
Christi Catholic Church, Knox College, OSF St. Mary Medical Center,
or the Galesburg Community Foundation. Online condolences may be
made at www.h-p-w.com.