James Ray "Jim" Sparks

February 28, 1969 - June 4, 2021

James  Ray


James “Jim” Ray Sparks, 52, of Poplar Grove, Illinois passed away in his home on June 4, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born February 28, 1969 in Burlington, Iowa son of Gary and Kathleen (Daggett) Sparks. He graduated from Belvidere High School, class of 1984. Jim worked as a team leader at Chrysler Corporation. Jim was a member of UAW 1268 and ABATE Motorcycle Club, and also held a NHRA Drivers License. He enjoyed drag racing-the whole community and fellowship they shared. Jim also loved motorcycles and the great outdoors; especially camping, hunting, fishing and tubing. Jim’s greatest love was his family. He loved spending time with his kids and grandkids.

Jim is loved and missed by his longtime significant other, Jennifer Blue; his parents, Gary and Kathleen; his three sons, Jacob (Ashley) Dawley, James (Zoey) Sparks and Christopher Sparks; his siblings Gary (Cheryl) Sparks and Diana (Shawn Sage) Sparks; grandchildren Adalynn and Oliver Dawley, and Lila and Ava Sparks; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is preceded in death by both his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at Anderson Funeral & Cremation Services, 218 West Hurlbut, Belvidere, Illinois 61008. Funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend Pamela Lojewski officiating. Burial at Poplar Grove Cemetery to follow immediately for all who would like to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in James’ honor may be made in care of the family to establish at a later date.

Service Schedule

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


The visitation will be held Thursday June 10, 2021 from 11:00 am until 12:45 pm at Anderson Funeral & Cremation Services. 218 West Hurlbut Belvidere, Illinois 61008.

Thursday, June 10, 2021
1:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


The funeral service to follow at 1:00 pm with Reverend Pamela Lojewski officiating.

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My sincere condolences to the Sparks family! He will be missed by many, and never forgotten.

Tyler Trobaugh 2021-06-10T11:32:52

I have known Jimmy since school many years ago. Gary and I used to hangout and Jimmy was a tag along. Lol. They used to ride motorcycle to my house when they lived in Candlewick. Jimmy was slowly my nephew’s friend. He is and always will be a great friend and will be greatly missed. God Speed my friend and God Bless. Praying for your family.

Kimberly Brinkmeyer Robin 2021-06-09T22:32:14

I haven’t talked to Jim for a few yrs because of my personal issues,,,
But what I can say about Jim is that Jim was a lot of fun to be around,,,
Jim loved a crowd as far I know and Jim loved his family with all his heart and sole.
Jim did whatever it took make ends meet and done his very best with everything Jim did,
whether it was canoeing, fishing, camping, hunting, working on engines/ vehicles, endeavors, and family.
Jim was a very hard working man, when Jim set his mind to something, it was getting fixed or it was getting destroyed. Lol.
When you approached Jim with a situation, Jim would listen intuitively and give you his honest opinion and be genuine, also, he wasn’t afraid to give his opinion and tell you like it is or how he sees the situation.
When it came to Jim’s actual job, Jim never misses work, no matter how ill he would get, he would always force himself to go to work, and provide for his family.
I wished I would have spent more time with Jim, Jim will be missed, Jim’s memory will live in me forever as his memory will live in all of us.
Sincerely Family Friend,
Dan Turner.

Dan Turner 2021-06-07T09:03:32

You were always such a sweet person, you always had a wonderful and beautiful smile. You are such a wonderful papa to Lila. I want to thank you for being there for my sister and giving me an amazing brother. I wish we had more time with you, we are going to miss Rest In Peace Jim always love ❤️

Cara Rivera 2021-06-06T22:56:00

I am so sorry to hear this!! My prayers go out to the family & dearest friends. Jimmy was also happy and cheerful & could always make people laugh & smile. A great man!! R.I.P. my friend.

Traci Lynn Klinefelter 2021-06-06T02:22:46

Jimmy lived his life to the fullest , he loved his children and all his grandchildren they was his life but he still had time for riding his bikes and racing, remembering when he lived across the street from us and working with his mom and dad , you will be missed , see you in the next life

Brenda Williams 2021-06-05T19:04:16

RIP Jimmy, it sure was great knowing you 💜

Julie Malone 2021-06-05T18:31:58

My prayers 🙏❤️ are with you all R.I.P My Friend give them hell

Ruth 2021-06-05T17:06:49

So sorry for your loss

Tony&Cindy Kelly 2021-06-05T14:21:46


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