He was born August 18, 1954, the son of Albert and Jessie (Smith) Sparks. Ronnie and his soul mate Nancy lived in Hamstead, Maryland, for 20 years. Prior to that Ronnie lived and worked as an electrician in Anchorage, Alaska, for many years. He had moved to Cabool, Missouri, to reconnect with family.
He was preceded in death by a son, Chris, of Alaska; his parents; grandparents Fred Smith, Nellie (Smith) Wake, Elmer and Effie Sparks; sister Judy; and brothers Larry, Don and Richard Sparks.
Survivors are a son, Randy of Anchorage, Alaska; a sister, Janice of Cambridge, Idaho; three brothers, Leon, Danny and Gary Sparks of Portland, Oregon; three aunts, Eileen Minshall, Barb Collins and Carolyn Middleton of Cabool; and many other friends and relatives.
Cremation was March 31, 2018.