|Birth: ||Jul. 26, 1881|
|Death: ||Mar. 4, 1948|
John Irvin Spark, son of George and Martha Catherine Spark, was born in Fairplay, Wisconsin, July 27, 1881, and passed away, march 4, 1948 in Topeka, Kansas, at the age of 66 years, 7 months and 7 days.
When a small child he moved with his parents to Iowa, and later to Kansas. His parents died, leaving him an orphan at the age of 12, to make his own way in the world.
In his youth he came in contact with the Wesleyan Methodist Church and was converted under the ministry of the late H. H. Williams. Mr. Spark held his faith and confidence in the Lord to the end.
On March 2, 1904, Mr. Spark was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth James, and five daughters came to bless their home.
Mr. Sparks was a hard worker, a devoted husband and father, always a great lover of home and a good neighbor.
About twenty-five years ago he was afflicted with an illness from which he never fully recovered. Through these intervening years, his suffering was great making it impossible for him to enter into the normal activities of live. On February 24th he was taken ill and entered the Stormom Hospital on the following day. All that physicians, nurses and loved ones could do for his comfort was done by at 6:000 o'clock in the evening, March 4, he slipped away quietly.
Mr. Spark leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, Mrs. Mary Spark; his five daughters; Mrs. Carl nderson of Clay Center, Kansas; Mrs. Wilbur Newhouse of Los Angeles, Calif.; Miss Ina who went to Topeka in September to help care for her father; Mrs. Lester Barnes of Wamego, Kansas; and Mrs. Roy Cook of Leavenworth, Kansas; also four son-in-laws; seven grandchildren; two sisters; Mrs. Guy Watson and Mrs. Emma Vanderford of California; one brother, George of Seattle, Wash., besides many other relatives and friends.
Prayer was offered at the Peterson-Neill Chapel Sunday, March 7, before going to the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Clay Center where the funeral services were in charge of the Rev. E. A. Coates, assisted by the Rev. H. J. Rothfuss.
Comfort was afforded in music and song by Miss Fern Downs and the Miltonvale Wesleyan College Male Quartet.
To await the resurrection, his body was laid to rest in Clay Center's beautiful Greenwood Cemetery.
The pall bearers were nephews: Chas. Craig, Everett James, Clifford James, Elmo James, Raymond James, Newt Macy.
Relatives and friends joined in honoring the memory of the deceased, and extending sympathy to the Spark family.
George William Sparks (1853 - 1893)
Martha Catherine Smith Sparks (1848 - 1891)
Mary Elizabeth James Spark (1883 - 1954)
Ethel Emma Spark Anderson (1905 - 1985)*
Evelyn Catherine Spark Cook (1917 - 1988)*
John Irving Spark (1881 - 1948)
Phoebe Marie Spark Landis (1883 - 1933)*
Mary Laura Spark Watson (1885 - 1955)*
George Henry Sparks (1886 - 1949)*
Clinton Walter Spark (1888 - 1940)*
Created by: R.Roberson
Record added: Mar 10, 2013
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