Howard Mansfield Sparks, Jr.
June 6, 1932- December 16, 2019
Howard Mansfield Sparks, Jr. (87) of Rosehaven, MD died on December 16, 2019. He was born June 6,1932 in Wilmington, DE to Ella Valeria Sparks (Warden) and Howard Mansfield Sparks, Sr. Howard married Donna Lee Kurpjuweit of Ainsworth, NE in 1954. The two met at a USO dance and had many adventures over 40 years of marriage before she preceded him in death. Howard later married Irene Christakos, who welcomed him into her Greek Community and brought a light back into his life. Irene also preceded him in death in 2012.
Howard was an Air Force veteran who flew recognizance missions in the Korean War. After serving his country, he became an accomplished Systems Analyst for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), working on many projects including GIS mapping solutions. He was an avid golfer and after his retirement from NOAA, opened Custom Clubs at the Glendale Country Club. For 27 years he made clubs, replaced grips, and was a beloved member of their golf community. Howard was also a member of the American Legion Stallings-Williams Post 206 and a member of the Masonic Centennial Lodge #174 A.F.& A.M. He loved the Chesapeake Bay,an avid waterman who enjoyed boating, fishing and crabbing. He could often be found tinkering with a computer, a boat motor, or fixing things in his garage while whistling or listening to country music. Howard will be remembered as a generous man who always had an open door to family, friends and those in need. He was also known for his mischievous ways and pranks that built a lifetime of memories and laughter with his friends Guice and Steve known as the Three Amigos. Everybody has a memory of “that one time” with Howard. Those will be cherished, and he will be missed.
He is survived by brother Frank (Barbara) Sparks of Lewes, DE; Children: Karan and Tom Schwencer of Kenly, NC; Howard Mansfield Sparks III (Chip) and fiancé Cindy Steuart of Huntingtown, MD; and Deborah and Tony Boyd of Southern Pines, NC. Step-son: George (Dani) Christakos of Scottsdale, AZ. Grandchildren: Karrie (Jason) Browne, Tommy Schwencer, Natasha (Corey) Theosen, Michael Sparks, Andrew (Brigette) Boyd, Kyle(Ashley) Boyd, Chloe, Thomas and Paige Christakos. Great-Grandchildren: Krista, Sara, Jack, Luke, Maryn, Ava, Reece and Jillian.
Friday, December 20, 2019