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Sparks, Reece O.

Sparks, Reece O.

April 1, 1942 — February 28, 2021

Reece Olney Sparks "Sparky", 78, a longtime Liberty resident, passed away February 28, 2021 in Liberty.

Reece was born April 1, 1942, in Eldon, MO, the eldest of four children of Reece Edward and Claudine (Wright) Sparks. He grew up in Eldon and graduated from high school there. Reece received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Industrial Arts from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg.

Reece was united in marriage to Judith Gail Happy on December 7, 1963 and they moved to Liberty in 1964. They were blessed with four children, Deanna, Sallie, David and Paul. In his early years in Liberty, Reece taught Industrial Arts at Liberty High School. He later opened Sparks Welding and Repair at 427 East Mill Street in Liberty where he proudly operated his business for nearly five decades. Reece was known throughout the community for his technical skills and his ability to "fix anything". He had numerous friends that liked to come and spend time with him at the shop. They considered him not only a dear friend, but also a mentor and he loved spending time with them. Reece liked to be able to help others when he could and would generously provide welding and repairs to those in need.

Reece spent the majority of his free time at his beloved lake home at the Lake of the Ozarks which he and Judy owned for over 50 years. He created a beautiful home and welcomed numerous family and friends over the years. Many wonderful memories were created, and Reece welcomed everyone. As a result, extended family and friends bought their own lake places to spend time with their families. The memories at "Sparks Point" at the lake will be cherished for years to come.

Along with his parents, Reece was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Elaine Sparks. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Judy; children, Deanna Diebolt (Tim), Sallie Danahy (T.J.), David Sparks (Erin) and Paul Sparks; grandchildren, Savannah Viera (Mic), Alexa Danahy, Reece Sparks and Evan Danahy; siblings, Robert Sparks (Sheryl) and Rosemary Wilhelm (Tom); as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm Friday, March 5, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, Liberty. A service celebrating Reece's life will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, March 6, in the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church chapel. Burial in South Point Cemetery, Orrick, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Children's Mercy Hospital (

Service Information

Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm Friday, March 5, at Park Lawn Northland Chapel, Liberty. A service celebrating Reece’s life will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, March 6, in the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church chapel. Burial in South Point Cemetery, Orrick, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Children’s Mercy Hospital (

Sparks, Reece O.'s Guestbook

Sorry for your loss. A great loss for the Liberty community as well

Darryl Hain

Sorry for your loss. He was a good soul that will be greatly missed. We will keep your whole family in our prayers.

Gary Lehman

Sparks was such an inspiration, a great teacher and a true friend. He will be deeply missed. Our prayers are with you Judy as well as the family.

Jason and Pati Hanna

Sorry for your loss, he was always there to help me. Learned a lot from him.


So Sorry to hear, about this, Our Prayers are with you, Reese was a good friend and will be missed by all Greatly. God Bless you and Comfort the Family in their Great Loss.

Richard S Jackson

Judy, I am truly sorry for your loss. He was so good to my son, Michael. Reece took him under his wing and taught him so much.

Katrina Batcheller

I was only a customer, and he probably never knew my name. But I always had that good hometown feeling when I'd drive by his shop and see his doors open, with Reece 'sparking it up' with his helmet and his bib overalls on. He was genuine. friendly, honest, and fair. He is a Liberty Legend.

Kevin Barnes

Sparks was a true gem! He TRULY could fix anything! We started our company, Niles Media Group, and he was there to help us every step of the way. He sold us his truck to pull our trailers, he made new undercarriage frames for most of our trailers, he replaced axles, welded steel supports to secure overstressed trailer joints, removed old truck chassis from box trucks and took the box and made brand new box trailers with either fifth wheel or ball hitch, fix damaged trailers, and always figured out a way to fix an endless list of other mechanical repairs! He was a true craftsman! His trademark bib overalls, toothpick in his mouth, his smile and laugh, ability to crack a joke, willingness and gratitude to help out the less fortunate, and he always made time to sit in his shop and just talk with you about anything. He cared! You were truly important to him. Thanks Sparks for giving us your all. Good man! Will be truly missed! Sympathies to his family....may you find peace and comfort!

John Sprugel

We are soooo sorry....

Michael McMahon

Dear Judy and family...may HE comfort and heal you with wonderful memories of Reece.

Bill and Sandi Morris

I grew up down the street from Sparks shop and he has welded several things for me over the years. He will definitely be missed.

Tamy McQueen

Sally and TJ—Our deepest sympathy to you and the kids. We are so sorry for your loss.

Mike and Sara Corless

Really enjoyed getting to know you over the last 30 yrs. You really could fix anything ! God Bless you and Prayers to your family!

Greg Sharp (Sharp Stonework)

I am so sorry to learn that you lost your battle. I will continue to pray for all your family asking for comfort for them through their loss. You were such a good person and may God and Jesus be there with you and keep their loving and healing arms around your family. Rest In Peace Reece

Leona ( Lee ) McGinnis

Teacher, mentor & friend. Will be sadly missed. Thank you.

Melvin Altis, Class of ’69

Uncle Reece, we will miss the all are in our prayers. May God keep you in peace

Davitta Hanson

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