Ardis Arlene Sparks, 85, of Brule passed away on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018 at the Indian Hills Manor in Ogallala. Ardis was given life by her Creator and was born on May 26, 1932, the child of Arthur and Emma (Engel) Boehmer.
On June 1, 1932, she received the gift of Holy Baptism and became a child of God. On May 1, 1946, Ardis publicly confessed her faith, was confirmed and regularly received the life-giving body and blood of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Ardis grew up in the Lutheran faith attending Trinity Lutheran School through the eighth grade and graduated from Perkins County High School in 1950.
After attending cosmetology school in Grand Island and passing state boards, she was employed at Shangra La Salon in North Platte.
On March 28, 1954, she married LeRoy Sparks after his service in the U.S. Army. God blessed them with two children: Debra and Mark. They lived in North Platte for two years before LeRoy was transferred to Ogallala with North Western Bell Telephone Company.
Ardis was a stay at home mother until their son, Mark, graduated from high school.
She worked for Perkins County Farm Bureau a short time until she started work with the family-owned business, H.S. & S. Inc. which manufactured permanent magnets in Brule.
In July 1995, LeRoy and Ardis moved to Brule to be near the business. She lived in Perkins and Keith County her entire life.
Even though Ardis was diagnosed with diabetes at age 17, she was able to manage her condition for over 69 years successfully.
Survivors include her husband, Roy of Brule; daughter-in-law, Lonna Sparks of North Platte; grandson, Eli Alan (Rochelle) Sparks of Sedro-Woolley, Wash.; great-grandchildren, Brianna Kaye, Zakaria Alan, and Sydney Justice; step-grandchildren, Tony and China Dixon and Diane, Pat and Shane Jones; and other family.
Ardis was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Debra Faye (four days old) in 1956; son, Mark Alan in 2007; sisters, Catherine Boehmer, Lorna Schrotberger, Mildred Clough, and Pauline Poppe; and brother, Lawrence Boehmer.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Brule with Rev. J. M. Dickmander officiating. The Committal Service will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery south of Ogallala. Prairie Hills Funeral Home of Ogallala is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials are suggested to the St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Ardis’ memory. Condolences may be shared at prairiehillsfuneralhome.com.