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Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2018, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home
Visitation: 10 - 11 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2018, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home
Interment: Elmwood Cemetery
Benjamin Earl Sparlin, age 70, of Hutsonville, Illinois, who previously resided in a veteran’s care facility in Danville, and was a native of Flora, passed away Friday, January 5, 2018, at Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson.
Ben was born in Flora on July 9, 1947, the son of Richard “R.O.” and Cora E. (Schmidt) Sparlin.
He is survived by 4 sisters: Virginia Johnson (the late Clarence) of Olney, Vera Craig (the late Thomas) of Flora, Kathryn Lepley (Richard) of Lima, Ohio, and Clara Booth (Sam) of Flora; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and 5 brothers and 3 sisters.
Ben attended Flora High School and served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam in 1966-67. He worked for the family business, R.O. Sparlin Trucking, and at Olson Rug Company in Chicago, and the Chrysler plant in St. Louis. He attended Wesley Methodist Church in his youth. Over the years, Ben enjoyed fishing at the pond, roller skating, and dancing.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2018, at Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora with Pastor Richard Artis officiating. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery with the presentation of military funeral honors. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the hour of service on Monday. Memorial donations are suggested to Flora American Legion Post 14, and these will be accepted through the funeral home. To share a condolence with the family, visit www.frankandbright.com.
Clara and Family: We are sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. God bless.
Clara, Sam, and all the family. We are sorry to hear of your loss. We are keeping you all in our prayers.
Clara and family, So sorry to hear of Ben's passing. You all are in my prayers.
Clara, Sam, and Family, Our sincere condolences at the loss of your brother.
Clara and Sam.....we are so sorry to hear of your brother's passing. Prayers of understanding and comfort for your entire family. Blessings for each of you.
I am a member of Rolling Thunder and visited with Ben alot at Heritage House. The last time was in December and we got to take several pictures with him. He was a very special man. Prayers are with you all.
Sadly, another of the “good ones” has passed. Went to school with Benny and we were both in Nam in 1966. He was a good man. Condolences to the family. Rest In Peace hero. You’ve earned it.
I'm sorry for the loss of your brother, Clara. May you find comfort in knowing that he is in a better place. Prayers are with you. Rest in peace Ben.
RIP Uncle Ben
Aunt Vera and Aunt Clara, You both were so awesome taking care of your brother all these years. I love you both for all you do for our family. Hugs, Diane
Clara and family, so sorry to hear this. Prayers of comfort for all of you!!
Clara and family, I'm so sorry to hear of Benny's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.
Vera, Kathryn, Clara and Virginia so sorry about Benny, I remember him as a nice young boy. May God watch over all of you at this time.
I am sorry to read about Bennie's passing. We were in the same class at Washington Grade School.
Our sympathy to the family.