Daniel Fredrick Sparks passed away peacefully at home at the end of the day August 11, 2017 in Sioux Falls, SD after a courageous battle with a chronic illness. Daniel is survived by his spouse: Carole (Trainor) Sparks; his son: Robert Sparks; daughter: Tonee (Sparks) Goin; sisters: Margaret Varns and Judy Horlyk; foster parents: Julian and Verna Holter; and foster brother: Jerry Holter. He was preceded in death by his son James Danyl, mother Marie Horlyk, father Hector Sparks, brothers Don Sparks and Gerald Sparks, and sisters Jane Horlyk and Albena Reinke along with many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Dan was born in Yankton, SD in 1943 to Hector Sparks and Marie Horlyk. In early childhood, Dan's resilience was highlighted when he contracted TB but overcame the illness after being treated at Sanator, SD near Custer. Dan was later cared for at Bethesda Children's Home at Beresford before being welcomed along with his brother Don into foster care in the home Julian, Verna and Jerome Holter of Canton, SD where they raised him on a dairy farm. Dan thrived on the farm life and enjoyed singing tenor in both school and church choirs.
We thank all of the dedicated staff at the VA hospital in Sioux Falls for their many years of compassionate care as well as the skilled staff of Sanford Hospital for their kindness and compassion during Dan's recent stay.
Visitation will be held at Barnett-Lewis Funeral Home at 901 South Minnesota Avenue in Sioux Falls, SD on Saturday August 19, 2017 at 9:30 AM with a Celebration of Life service immediately following the visitation at 10:30 AM.
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