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Sidney "Don" Sparks

April 11, 1921 - Sept. 5, 2017

Sidney "Don" Sparks, 96, passed away in Myrtle Point.  He was born in Gooding, Idaho as the youngest of nine children.  He was proud to be a Veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific.  He was a building inspector for the State of Oregon (Coos County) which he enjoyed for 12 years.  He was an avid fisherman and hunter all of his life.  He enjoyed watching all the sports which his grandchildren and great-grandchildren participated.

He married his high school sweetheart, Connie Ponce in 1941.  They had their girls, Sandy in 1943 and Karen in 1947.  The love of his life passed away in March 1999.  In 2003, he married Frances Clark until her death.

He was preceded in death by his parents; all eight of his siblings; his wife, Connie, his grandson, Greg Lester and Frances Clark.

He is survived by his daughters, Sandy and Gary Waddington, Karen and Eddie Lester; grandchildren, Jeff and Corinne Waddington, Dave and Cheryl Waddington, Paul and Sharon Waddington, Brian and Amie Waddington and Mike and Celeste Lester; great-grandchildren, Bayli Waddington, Seth Waddington, Cody and Mickie Waddington, Cole Waddington, Ryder Waddington, Mitchell Waddington, Mason Waddington, Andrew and Shayla McQuary, Brianna McQuary, Jordan and Kelsey Waddington, Rylie Waddington, Joey and Mayelie Lester, Wyatt Lester and Levi Lester; three great-great-grandchildren, Hayden Waddington, Amelia Lester and Easton McQuary.

A private service will be held for his immediate family.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Coquille Booster Club, 1390 W. 14th, Coquille, Oregon 97423.  

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Death Notice

Leslie A. Cleveland, 62, Reedsport, died Sat. Sept. 9, 2017 at Lower Umpqua Hospital.  Private Cremation Rites will be held.

Richard Earl Roberts, 72 died Sept. 3 in Anchorage, Alaska. Anyone with information regarding relatives is asked to contact Legacy Funeral Homes at 907-277-1682.

Florence E. Schmidt, 98 of Myrtle Point, died Sept. 10, 2017 in Myrtle Point.  Arrangements are pending with Amling/Schroeder Funeral Service - Myrtle Point Chapel, 541-572-2524.

Dorothy “Dee” Jane Ralls, 76, of Coos Bay, passed away Sept. 8, 2017 in North Bend. Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.

Dorothy Ann Rouse, 81, of Coos Bay, passed away Sept. 10, 2017 in Coos Bay. Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.

Jenny Elizabeth Stinnitt, 71, of Lakeside, passed away Sept. 8, 2017 in Lakeside. Arrangements are under the care of Coos Bay Chapel, 541-267-3131.


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Funeral Notice

Saturday, Sept. 16

Celebration of life for Richard “Mac” McIntosh, will be held 3 p.m., at the Marshfield High School gymnasium, 10th & Ingersoll in Coos Bay.


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Funeral Notice

Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017

Celebration of Iife for Merle R. Kalb Sr., 94, of Powers, 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at the Powers Church of God.  Arrangements by Amling/Schroeder Funeral Service - Myrtle Point Chapel, 541-572-2524.


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