Stanley “Ted” Sparks

Stanley T. “Ted” Sparks, age 73, passed away peacefully on September 16, 2019, with family by his side. 

He was born in Butler, Missouri, on June 17th, 1946, to Lyle and Aleta Sparks  He grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, and graduated from Southwest High School.  After being in the Navy, he came back to Kansas City and worked at Calvin Productions in the camera department.  He started as a gaffer and worked his way through to cameraman.  He made training films, documentaries, sports films, he even traveled as a cameraman for the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Ted married Judy Carrier in 1970.  They raised their three children, Lisa Miller, Andy Sparks and Cindy Sparks in Prairie Village KS.  All survive him and will forever miss him.  He is also survived by five grandchildren, Mike Miller, (Courtney), Travis Miller, Cody Miller, Jade McVay and Max McVay.  He has one great-grandchild, Aspen Miller, and another great-grandchild on the way, due in November.   Ted is survived by his brother, David Sparks and sister, Susan Hrzenak (Robert).  He is also survived by many great friends (especially the “Tedo Tuesday” group) at Patrick’s Bar and No Grill in Waldo. 

Ted lost his vision to Retinitis Pigmentosa when he was in his mid-thirties and successfully adapted his life to live with blindness. 


Visitation and Memorial Service


Visitation will be from 5:00-6:00 p.m., Thursday, September 19, 2019, with a Memorial Service immediately following at 6:00 p.m., all at the Amos Family Funeral Home.


Memorial Contributions


Memorial contributions can be made to Foundation Fighting Blindness

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Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Tuesday, Sep. 17th 2019 | 9 Comments »

9 Comments on “Stanley “Ted” Sparks”

  1. Janet Carrier Hartman Says:

    Judy @ Family.

    So sorry for your loss, it’s never easy.Prayers for you all.

  2. Karla Baird Says:

    To my sweetest Aunt Judy and all of her family, we love you all and will miss “Stanley” more than you will ever know. Uncle Ted was one of the most special person’s I had the joying of knowing! Here’s to all the blind , and to the all people that party on Tuesday ‘s!!! May he rest in peace. Amen. We will always remember and love him.

  3. Kathy Marron Says:

    Judy, so sorry for the lost of Tom. Try to concentrate on the great years and memories you have bah. It helps dull the pain a small bit. You and your family are in my prayers. Hopefully he can look out for Bill and the can fish together and talk about how wonderful we are. (Just a little humor) to break the hard days ahead.

  4. Chuck & Judy Bittner Says:

    Judy and family. I’m so sorry for the loss of Ted he was a teriffic friend to me. I know he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. I am one of the Ted’ly Tuesday group at Patricks my fondest memory was when Ted and I swaped recipes as we both loved to cook can’t you just imagine two guys having a beer at a bar swaping recipies and talking about food,but we also talked about all the good times we had in our lives with our families. Judy and I will especially miss the dinners we had with you and Ted. Bless you Judy and your family may the peace of Christ be with you.

  5. Victoria Leonardo Says:

    Ms. Judy, I’m so sorry. You probably don’t remember me but, my Mom & I were friends of Marian Dennis. Along with her son’s, Steve & Mike. When the riots were happening in 1968, I’m thinking it was your “Ted” who picked me up from school to go to Marians. Maybe in a green Camero with a white stripe? Cool car, sweet guy!!!

  6. Susan Hrzenak Says:

    Gone too soon. I’ll remember our Sunday phone calls, our shared birthdays. I’ll remember our Thanksgivings and Christmas Eves when we were all together. I’ll remember the courage and strength of Judy and the day she became my hero. Rest in peace dear brother and until we meet again, I will remember….

    Your Sister Susan

  7. Peggy MacKay Says:

    Judy and family, So sorry for the passing of your dear husband, father and grandfather. He will be forever in your hearts.

  8. Donna Pittaway Says:

    Judy and family,
    So sorry for your loss and know words do not fill the void created by his passing. Praying God’s comforting spirit fills you with good memories of time with Ted to ease the times when you miss him the most.

  9. Ron Sparks Kellough Says:

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of Ted. I found him some 20 years ago while searching for info on my biological father Dean Sparks. I never met Ted but we exchanged e-mails almost daily. Ted shared info on Dean that he knew about him. My sincere condolences to his family and friends and it really saddens me.

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