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Benjamin Sparlin

veteranJul 9th, 1947 - Jan 5th, 2018

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


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Bud & Linda Martin

January 6th

Clara and Family: We are sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers. God bless.

John and Judy Lusk

January 6th

Clara, Sam, and all the family. We are sorry to hear of your loss. We are keeping you all in our prayers.

Jan Jennings

January 6th

Clara and family, So sorry to hear of Ben's passing. You all are in my prayers.

Sharon and Larry Greenwood

January 6th

Clara, Sam, and Family, Our sincere condolences at the loss of your brother.

David & Judy Bryden

January 6th

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.

Tammy Foster.

January 6th

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.

Jackie L. Davis

January 7th

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.

Dorothy Uebinger

January 7th

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.

William &Dana Johnson

January 7th

RIP Uncle Ben

Diane Kalkowski

January 7th

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

Bill and Robin Atwood

January 8th

Clara and family, so sorry to hear this. Prayers of comfort for all of you!!

Pam (Glassford) Smith

January 9th

Clara and family, I'm so sorry to hear of Benny's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Johnalee & Bud Ruger

January 9th

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.

Jackie and Ray Evans

January 10th

Dee Anne Henson

January 11th

I am sorry to read about Bennie's passing. We were in the same class at Washington Grade School.

Sam and Ramona Anderson

January 12th

Our sympathy to the family.



Jerry W. Miller
Bill & Kay Kitley
Marilyn Stanford
Bud & Linda Martin
Kenny & Sherrie Sessions
Ella Mae Simpson Mix
Steve Norma Cory Anderson
John and Judy Lusk
Ruth Stanford
Jacquie Young Cooper
Dana & Barbara Milligan
David & Judy Bryden
Jan Jennings
Jerry and Mary Ellis
Joe and Sue Martin
Tony and Janice Randall.
Ilene Jackson
Glenda Cooper
Jim and Linda Grove
June Payne
Larry and Sue Kramer
Jerry "Butch" Erwin
Jim and Jill Fehrenbacher
Darrell and Lynne Wilson
Gary & Debbie (Reed) Perry
Wayne Eastin & Diane Johnson
Pauline Hopkins Frost
Dorothy Uebinger
Ken & Tammy (Pearce) Haven
Dana and Janet Franklin
Tom and Button Pemberton
Ron & Mary Anne Ayers
Bob and Marlene Smith
Lisa Sparlin
Gale & Liz Beard
Pete & Esther Walker
Jim and Brenda thompson
Mike & Sharon Rinehart
Diane Kalkowski
Leesa Behnke Anderson Green
John & Marla Corry
Larry & Sue Williams
Chuck & Nancy Buchanan
Vernon and Yvonne Guinn
Sandy & Willie Thompson
John Spitzner and Mary Hutchens
Betty Kile
Mike&Kathy Kitley
Cecelia Cardascio
Bill & Margarett Cosner
Alan & Norma Buck
Larry Frost
Micheal W. & Kristal G. Engelmeier
Alan & Charlotte Hickox
Patti Tackitt ORyan
Pam (Glassford) Smith
Diane Uebinger Becker
Jim McGehee
Sam and Ramona Anderson


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