Robert S. Sparks

Robert S. Sparks, age 79, of Bancroft, Wisconsin passed away Saturday, January 23, 2021, at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Memorial services with military honors will be 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at the Bancroft Baptist Church in Bancroft. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service.

Robert was born August 16, 1941, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin to Robert and Edith (Rice) Sparks.

Robert served in the United States Navy from 1963 until he was honorably discharged in 1967.  During that time, he did two tours of duty in Vietnam and received several medals.

Following his time in the service, Robert was a conductor/brakeman for the Chicago and North Western Railroad for over 20 years.  When he was not away working for the railroad, he enjoyed farming, being with his family, helping others, deer hunting, and reading westerns. He especially loved taking the Badger Honor Flight with his fellow veterans.

Robert was a member of the VFW in Plainfield, American Legion in Bancroft, and the Bancroft Baptist Church.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Robert & Edith (Rice) Sparks; two sisters; a brother-in-law; his first wife Patricia (Hollingsworth) Sparks, three daughters, Christina, Doris & Dianna Sparks, and stepson-in-law, James Bovee.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Betty (Cheney) Sparks; son, Earl (Tracy) Sparks; stepdaughters, Theresa Bovee, Lisa (Todd) Prentice Schultz; 10 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

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  1. Linda Krell says:

    Bob was a great friend. I know he’s enjoying heaven, well done. I’ll never forget him.

  2. Mr& Mrs Reynaldo Villalovos says:

    We miss you Bob, everybody in the Church and neighborhood misses you. You had a smile everytime I saw you. I can here you still calling my name to tell me a story. You will be missed sir. We know your enjoying Paradise right now. Rey & Joanie Villalovos

  3. thomas leonard says:

    Rest in Peace Sparky, you were a good man and thank you for your service.

  4. Greg & Linda Sorenson says:

    I always enjoyed working with Bob except for the time he hit me in the head with the air hose wrench! RIP Sparky.

  5. Christina Helms says:

    So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed listening to Bob’s story’s. He will be missed! Thinking of you all, especially during this difficult time.