January 18, 1929 - November 12, 2017

COAL VALLEY — Richard Sparks, 88, of Coal Valley, passed away Sunday, November 12, 2017, at Trinity Rock Island. Private burial will be held at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. DeRoo Funeral Home, Moline, is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given to the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Richard was born January 18, 1929, in Edgerton, Wisconsin. He married Betty A. Madson on April 2, 1954, in Chicago. She preceded him in death in 2006. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Richard was employed as a salesman for Industrial Engineering Co., Davenport, for 25 years, retiring in 1988.

He is survived by his daughter, Amy Anderson, McHenry, Illinois; sons, Andrew Sparks, San Tan Flats, Arizona, and James (Paula) Sparks, Moline; granddaughter, Lauren Anderson, Los Angeles; and sister, Jean Lee, Houston. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.deroofuneralhome.com.

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