In Memory

Stanley W. Sparling

Stanley W. Sparling

Stanley W. Sparling died of a stroke on October 25, 2019.  Stan's wife, Linda, contacted classmate David Wicken with this sad news.  The LHS Class of '61 appreciates every class member and feels sad with each and every loss.  Stan's obituary follows:

Stan was born in Benedict, Nebraska, February 9, 1943, and spent much of his time as a child with his grandparents and extended family in the town of Stromsburg. He also loved time with his family in Stockton, California; a very supportive aunt and uncle who had two boys near his age; the cousins made some good memories.

He spent four years in the Air Force. A musician who loved to play the saxophone, he was a member of the Air Force Band. His love of music carried on as he played with several bands in the Lincoln area that played ballroom music at the Pla Mor Ballroom and surrounding town venues. It was fun to watch him do what he loved as he played the clarinet, soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones. Stan also enjoyed jazz music. Two of his favorite jazz musicians were Phil Woods and Charlie “Bird” Parker. This could often be heard throughout the house. Stan worked for a variety of companies over the years. He also loved cars. He was a proficient auto mechanic and parts manager. He always had a dog or two in the house and most recently his best friend was Buck (a 2-year-old mutt that offered fun and loving companionship).

Stan is survived by his wife, Linda; son, Steven; daughter, Teri (Beem), son-in-law, Kevin and three grandchildren (Aden, Seth, and Averi).

He was preceded in death by his father, Medford “Kink” (because of his curly hair) Sparling and Audrey (Allison) Sparling.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home, 6800 South 14th Street in Lincoln.

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10/31/19 09:56 AM #1    

Gloria J. Kowrack (Schmidt)

I always like Stan so much. He was a handsome, funny but shy fellow. Sorry to hear of his death. I hope to be able to attend his service. Gloria Kowrack Schmidt. 

10/31/19 04:38 PM #2    

Steven F. Bassler

I've known and 'hung around' with Stan since the 5th grade.  A special guy and friend, we will all miss.  

10/31/19 08:56 PM #3    

Joan D. Rockwell (Brannigan)

He was one of my high school friends. We had a lot of deep serious talks. And we both loved music. Sorry to learn of his death. 

11/02/19 11:13 AM #4    

David R. Wicken

Knew Stan from Everett Jr. High and through the rest of his life. He lived in an apartment building across the street

from Everett and we hung around a lot there. Got togather again after both of us got out of the military. Met my wife, Nancy, through Stan, they worked together at the same company. Stan and Linda , his wife, stood up for Nancy and I when we got married. Linda, his wife was my wife's best friend and they both worked together with Stan. We got togather a lot through life and played cards and games at each others homes.

I'm going to miss talking and joking with him and hope to met up with him later.

11/03/19 11:00 AM #5    

Nick Robinson

See ya around the corner, Stan.  Good Times.

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