Milo D. "George" Sparling, 87, of Marietta, died unexpectedly on Thursday (July 26, 2012) after a very short illness at Camden-Clark Hospital.
Milo was born in Waterford, Ohio, on Nov. 18, 1924, to Ethel and Eugene Sparling. He was one of five sons.
Milo served in the U.S. Army during World War II, landing on Omaha Beach as a replacement. He served in George Patton's tank division facing many battles in France, Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany, including the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardenne Forest. He spent nine brave months on the front lines of battle in a tank. On return from serving his country, his greatest life accomplishments were to be happily married to Dorothy, a long and rewarding job, and to have a positive outlook on life.
Milo is survived by his beloved Jeanie (Crew) Dotson of Mineral Wells, W.Va.; his only child, Karen (Sparling) Wright and husband, Scott, of Athens, Ohio; two brothers, Eugene "Hille" Sparling of Bellaire, Ohio, and Donald Sparling and wife, Bess, of Waterford, Ohio; granddaughter, Sherri Vigil and husband, John, of Austin, Texas; grandson, James Sparling of Richmond, Va.; great-grandchildren, John and Josh Vigil; the Crew family whom he cherished and his dog, Sammy.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy; and brothers, Wyndham and Kenneth Sparling.
Milo loved God and in his last chapter a faithful member of the Big Tygart United Methodist Church. Milo lived in Marietta and was proud to be called a Buckeye.
Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday (July 31) at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike Street, south Parkersburg. Interment will follow in Eastlawn Cemetery, Reno, Ohio, with full military rites by American Legion of Marietta. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.