Myers Funeral Home

415 N Lee Street, Markle, IN


Maribelle L. Sparks

December 9, 1925February 10, 2020

Maribelle L. Sparks, 94 of Markle and formerly of Huntington passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020 at the Markle Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Maribelle attended West Rock Creek High School. She had worked as an assembly operator at Wabash Magnetics for 23 years, retiring in 1988. Maribelle enjoyed bingo, bowling, playing cards and traveling to visit family. She loved spending time with family, friends and especially her grandchildren.

She was born on December 9, 1925 in Huntington County, the daughter of LeRoy J. and Hattie E. (Broyles) Lahr.

Maribelle was united in marriage to Vern E. Sparks on December 6, 1946 in VanBuren, Indiana. Vern preceded her in death on August 14, 1992.

Survivors include: two sons: Max E. (Doris) Sparks of Huntington; James L. (Vicki) Sparks of Huntington; a daughter: Linda E. (John) Allen of Warren; four sisters: Delphia (Don) Marshall of Markle; Roseleen (Carl) Christen of Huntington; Melba Kay (Don) Bolding of Huntington; Crystal Tester of Huntington; five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a son: Danny J. Sparks; a sister: Ruby Sparks; three brothers: Roy Lahr, Meridith Lahr, Clarence “Bud” Lahr and a grandson: Jeremy Sparks.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 14, 2020 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Myers Funeral Home Markle Chapel, 415 N. Lee Street, Markle, Indiana.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 10:00 am with one hour of visitation prior to the service with Pastor Ethan Stivers and Gerald O. Moreland officiating at the Myers Funeral Home Markle Chapel.

Interment will be at the Star of Hope Cemetery in Huntington County.

Memorial donations can be made out to Markle Healthcare in care of Myers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 403, Markle, IN 46770.


  • Max E. Sparks, Son
  • James L. Sparks, Son
  • Linda Allen, Daughter
  • Delphia Marshall, Sister
  • Roseleen Christen, Sister
  • Melba Kay Bolding, Sister
  • Crystal Tester, Sister
  • Leroy J. Lahr, Father (deceased)
  • Hattie E. (Broyles) Lahr, Mother (deceased)
  • Vern E. Sparks, Husband (deceased)
  • Danny J. Sparks, Son (deceased)
  • Ruby Sparks, Sister (deceased)
  • Roy Lahr, Brother (deceased)
  • Meridith Lahr, Brother (deceased)
  • Clarence "Bud" Lahr, Brother (deceased)
  • Jeremy Sparks, Grandson (deceased)
  • Five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren

  • Markle Healthcare


  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 15, 2020


Maribelle L. Sparks

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Darlene Westendorf

February 15, 2020

Dear Max, Jim and Linda and all of your families,
I am so sorry I was not able to attend the services for your Mother. She was a special person . She loved to have fun. We went to a few casinos together with Sharon Lane.
She also was like a babysitter for me and my brothers when we were youngsters.
Just please know how very sad I am for all of you.
Thoughts and prayers, Love your cousin Darlene

Bruce Myers

February 12, 2020

Max, Jim, Linda & Family
What a great mother you had. I enjoyed visiting with her at Markle Health Care. The Sparks, Lahr Families have long been close friends of both Linda & me. I always appreciated your loyalty to our business you showed us over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. A life well lived, you were truly blessed.
Bruce Myers