Clifford Carl Sparks, Sr., 90, of Gardner, KS passed away March 20, 2019. Visitation 10:00 to 11:30 am Tues., March 26, 2019 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Funeral follows at 11:30. Burial Edgerton Cemetery, Edgerton, KS. Memorial contributions may be made to the Farley Boys Town in Nebraska. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com
Clifford was born Sept. 19, 1928 in McClouth, KS to James Arthur and Mable (Grant) Sparks. He grew up in McClouth, KS. In his youth he jumped trains to escape the orphanage. He enjoyed travel throughout his life. Clifford met Juanita Rose in the Lawrence-Eudora, KS area and they married on Sept. 18, 1948. He later married Linda Carterman, his long-time companion. Clifford farmed for 70 years and also hauled milk on a milk route for 14 years. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and the Milk Haulers Assoc. Clifford helped start the Isaiah 58 Church in Quartzsite, AZ whose ministry was feeding the homeless. He was very proud of his grandkids and great-grandkids accomplishments and their success and rodeo awards. He will be missed by family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Juanita in 1989 and second wife Linda in 2014; brothers: Leonard, Charles, William, Roy, Jesse and Milton Sparks; sisters: Kathryn Bidding and Cynthia Simpson. Clifford is survived by sons: Clifford Sparks, Jr. and wife Theresa, Garnett, KS, David and wife Darlene Sparks, Ottawa, KS and Gary Sparks, Gardner, KS; sister, Mary Woodward, Winchester, KS; ten grandchildren: Michelle Sparks, Jennifer Pope, Clifford Sparks, III, Paul Sparks, Dave Sparks, Samuel Sparks, Martha Sparks, Tammy Redel, Stacy Ashley and Lauren Galvin; many, many great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren.