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Harvey A. Sparks, 92, of Belton, Missouri passed away August 30, 2019 surrounded by love at his son’s home in Kansas City, Missouri. A celebration to honor both the lives and love of Harvey and Betty Sparks will be held Saturday, September 14th from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Liberty Room at Conrad’s Restaurant in Liberty, MO (210 North State Route 291).
Harvey was born in Dawson, NE on October 23, 1926 to George and Ella (Poteet) Sparks. He was one of nine siblings. He grew up in the St. Joseph, Missouri area. Harvey served his country in the Merchant Marines from 1944-1946 and the Army from 1950-1952. He was married to his true love, Betty Joan (Downey) Sparks on February 28, 1953. He joined Ironworkers Local 10 in November 1953 and was a proud lifetime member, where he worked alongside his beloved brothers.
Harvey was preceded in death by his wife, Betty and by his son, John Sparks. He is survived by his son, Sid (Jane) Sparks, Kansas City, Missouri, brothers Art Sparks, Savannah, Missouri and Harold (Peggy) Sparks, Cameron, Missouri, daughter-in-law, Dawn Sparks, Kansas City, Missouri; three grandchildren; Kristen Sparks, Lauren (Joey) Mackley, and Brett Sparks, and 5 great-grandchildren; Parker, Xavier, Vienna, Blaise, and Isla. He is also survived by his longtime best friends, Wally and Helen Rall and a host of nephews, nieces, and extended family.
Harvey will be remembered for his love of his wife and best friend, Betty and all of his family. Harvey and Betty loved to travel the country in their RV with family and friends. They loved planting a huge garden and working together on little projects everyday. Harvey was a gentle giant that will be deeply missed by all those that loved him.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Kidney Foundation or KC Pet Project.