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Ben Sparks III, 68, Brown County

Ben Sparks III, BSCE, P.E., age 68, of Brown County, passed away suddenly Saturday evening, Aug. 31, 2013, at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis. He was a former resident of West Bend, Wisc.

Ben was born in Norfolk, Va. June 12, 1945, to the late Ben and Leora (Dungan) Sparks Jr. He was a 1963 graduate of Glynn Academy in Brunswick, Ga. and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in 1969. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity there. Ben married his wife of 43 years, Karen (Krone) Sparks Feb. 14, 1970 in Chesterton.

Together they raised two children, Jane (Andrew) Sparks Ziegwied of Portland, Ore. and Charles Benson Sparks of Milwaukee, Wisc. Three brothers also survive, John Sparks of Bloomington, Tony Sparks of Huntsville, Ala. and Tim Sparks of Brown County. He had two grandchildren, Darya and Gustin Ziegwied, both of Portland, Ore.

Ben was a retired engineer who worked for several companies, including Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company, Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company, Universal Foods Corporation and Sensient Flavors. He was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the ASCE. He and his wife sailed over 10,000 miles while living aboard their ketch ‘Hove Two,’ taking it from St. Louis, Mo., out the Great Lakes and then south to the Bahamas, before they started their family.

Ben enjoyed riding his BMW motorcycle, and was a member of the Port Washington, Wisc. BMW Club, Hoosier Beemer’s BMW Motorcycle Club, BMW MOA, and the Iron Butt Association for long distance endurance riding. This spring, he completed a coast-to-coast ride, qualifying in less than 50 hours, fulfilling a long-held dream. 

Ben was also interested in woodworking, stone sculpting and blacksmithing, and was a fan of the Green Bay Packers football team.

Ben’s family carried out his wishes to be cremated.  Friends and family gathered  to celebrate his life Sept. 7, at the former Possum Trot Winery in Brown County. Cremation services were entrusted to Meredith–Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown.

Memorial contributions can be sent in honor of Ben to the Brown County Historical Association Building Fund, P.O. Box 668, Nashville, IN 47448.

Condolences to the Sparks family can be made at meredith-clark.com.

  • December 21
    'Gone Girl' at the Playhouse
    1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 21
    Railroad museum features model Christmas trains´╗┐
    1 to 7 p.m. BC RR Museum, 18 W. Three Story Hill Road, Fruitdale
  • December 23
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 23
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    6 to 7 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • December 24
    Nashville government offices CLOSED
  • December 24
    Christmas Eve Communion service at Becks Grove church
    7 p.m. Becks Grove Christian Church, 8009 Becks Grove Road
  • December 24
    Candlelight service at Helmsburg church Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St., Helmsburg
  • December 24
    Candlelight service set for Christmas Eve
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East
  • December 24
    Cordry church hosts candlelight service Christmas Eve
    7 p.m. Church of the Lakes, 8844 Nineveh Road
  • December 25
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • December 26
    Brown County Government Offices CLOSED
  • December 26
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 27
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 27
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • December 27
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 27
    Live band at dance barn
    7:30 p.m. Mike's Dance Barn, 2277 State Road 46 West
  • December 28
    'Interstellar' at the Playhouse
    4 p.m., 7 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • December 29
    Jackson Township Board
    7 p.m. Jackson Township Board, Trustee's Office, 5765 Carmel Ridge Road
  • December 30
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • December 31
    Live band at the Playhouse
    8 p.m. BC Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St.
  • January 2
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • January 8
    Go Club meeting Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • January 10
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • January 14
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • December 7
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.