Woodbury County

Ivan Edwin Sparks






Ivan Edwin Sparks was born to Francis and Bessie Sparks, in Anthon, on 4 December 1917. Ivan attended Wolf Creek Township Country School and Moville High School, enjoyed sports and baseball and football in school. His siblings are Marion, Gerald, Dale, Helen, Burton, Jay and Leone. All the brothers served in World War II.

Ivan enlisted in the U.S Army in January 1942. He trained at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri. Additional training was at Fort Lewis, Washington. He was sent to New Guinea in 1943, then on to the Philippines, as well as the Occupation of Japan. He visited his brother, Gerald’s, grave at Cabanatuan Cemetery in the Philipines in 1945.

Ivan was Operating Engineer for Booth and Olson Construction from 1940 to 1969. From 1969 to 1982, he was employed by Chris Hanson Construction Company. He retired in December 1982.

Ivan married Eileen G. Middleton, 17 June 1950, in Sioux City. They have a son, John.

Ivan belongs to Wink-Sparks Post No. 303 in Moville. Ivan died 3 March 2002, in Sioux City.

Link to Ivan Edwin Sparks Honorable Discharge