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DeLos Sparks

DeLos Sparks

OMAHA — Services for DeLos W. Sparks, 76, formerly of Norfolk, will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at Southwest Church of Christ, 2600 S. 124th St., in Omaha.

He died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019.

John A. Gentleman Mortuaries & Crematory in Omaha is in charge of the arrangements.


DeLos Wayne Sparks was born Sept. 22, 1943, in Albion. He grew up on a farm southeast of town. He graduated from Albion High School in 1961. He attended York College in York, where he was baptized and met his spouse, Sherry (Hottle). They married on May 14, 1965, on the York College campus.

He was predeceased by his parents, Dean and Irene (Cash) Sparks. He is survived by his spouse of 54 years, Sherry Sparks; his children: Trisha (Rod) Goben, Terry (Traci) Sparks, Tyler (Tammy) Sparks and Tiffany (Miles) Baum; his grandchildren: Kellan (Tori) Goben, Tehia Goben (fiance Joel Wells), Breanne Goben, Ryan Sparks, Jacob Sparks, Sam Sparks and Landen Baum; and a great-grandchild, Leylee Grace Goben.

DeLos and Sherry lived in Norfolk for 46 years. They owned “The Donut Shoppe” from 1979 to 1996. DeLos celebrated a career in the grocery industry, the most recent was his retirement from Walmart after 30 years. DeLos was an elder at the Glen Park Church of Christ in Norfolk for over 20 years. He served on the advisory board at York College and the board of directors for Project Access in Norfolk.

He was a TeamMates mentor both in Norfolk and Omaha.

The family requests all donations given in memory to the York College Scholarship Fund in honor of DeLos Sparks, 1125 East Eighth St., York, NE 68467.

In other news

NORFOLK — Memorial services for John F. “Big John” Moore Jr., 46, Wayne, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Home for Funerals Chapel, 708 Georgia Ave., in Norfolk. He died Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, at Providence Medical Center in Wayne.

LYNCH — Memorial services for Sandra “Sandy” Maw, 78, Central City, formerly of Lynch, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at United Methodist Church in Lynch. Burial will be at a later date.

PILGER — Services for Einar Jensen, 95, Indianola, Iowa, formerly of Pilger, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Pilger. Deb Hammer will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in the Pilger Cemetery.

RANDOLPH — Services for Donald G. Langferman, 80, South Sioux City, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at St. Jane Francis de Chantal Catholic Church in Randolph. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by Alvin Kessler V.F.W. Post 5545 and American Legion…

OMAHA — Services for Bridget L. Marr, 44, Omaha, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, 15353 Pacific St., in Omaha.

MENOMINEE — Services for Elizabeth “Lizzie” Hoebelheinrich, 92, Menominee, will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Menominee. The Rev. Jim Keiter will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

PIERCE — Services for Dale L. “Curly” Herbolsheimer, 89, Pierce, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Zion Lutheran Church in Pierce. The Revs. Mike Moreno and Gordon Bruce will officiate. Burial will be in Prospect View Cemetery in rural Pierce.

NORFOLK — Services for Mary Jean Fillmer, 74, Norfolk, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Norfolk. The Rev. Gregory Carl will officiate with burial in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Norfolk.

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Jimmy Johns