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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.

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  • November 1
    Annual chicken noodle dinner, craft bazaar at Christiansburg church
    4 to 7 p.m. Christiansburg United Methodist Church, 7372 S. Christianburg Road
  • November 1
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 1
    Annual craft, bake sale at Helmsburg church
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Brown County Community Church, 2370 Main St.
  • November 1
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 1
    Annual bazaar, quilt raffle, bake sale, bean dinner
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Goshen Community Church, 2798 Gatesville Road, Bean Blossom
  • November 3
    Nashville Redevelopment Commission
    4:30 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • November 4
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive at the fairgrounds
  • November 4
    Government offices CLOSED
  • November 4
    Open 12-step meetings in New Bellsville area
    7 to 8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • November 5
    Woodworkers club
    7 p.m. Charlie Roush's Shop, 6987 Christianberg Road
  • November 5
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 6
    Gospel jam session
    6:30 p.m. Country Gospel Music Church, 5181 State Road 46 East, Gnaw Bone
  • November 6
    WRAPS meetings
    7 to 9 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 6
    Salt Creek Trail Committee
    10 a.m. BC Parks & Rec. Office, 1001 Deer Run Lane
  • November 6
    Brown County Schools Board of Trustees
    6:30 p.m. Helmsburg Elementary School, 5378 Helmsburg School Road
  • November 6
    Rotary Club
    7:15 a.m. Artists Colony Inn, 105 S. Van Buren St.
  • November 7
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 8
    Second Saturday Village Art Walk
    5 to 8 p.m. Downtown Nashville
  • November 8
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • November 8
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 8
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 11
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 11
    Government Offices CLOSED
  • November 12
    Mandatory scholarship meeting at the high school
    6:30 p.m. Brown County High School, 235 School House Lane
  • November 12
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 13
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 14
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • November 15
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 15
    Dave Miller at Abe Martin Lodge
    5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Abe Martin Lodge, Brown County State Park
  • November 18
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • November 19
    Jeff Foster at Hobnob restaurant
    6 to 8 p.m. Hobnob, 17 W. Main St.
  • November 20
    Go Club at the library Thursdays
    3:30 to 5 p.m. Brown County Public Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • November 23
    Nashville Reserve Officers host chili cook-off
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nashville P.D., 200 Hawthorne Drive
  • December 13
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road