James Sparrow


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Posted Online: Jan. 29, 2013, 6:34 pm
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James R. Sparrow, 69, of Rock Island, formerly of Port Byron, passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Trinity Rock Island.
A funeral Mass celebrating his life will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Annawan. The Rev. Mark Miller will celebrate. Burial will follow at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Visitation for James will be 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Atkinson Chapel of Vandemore Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, where a rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m. Memorials may be left to Sacred Heart Church, Annawan, or a charity of the donor's choice.
James was born May 27, 1943, in Moline, the son of Roma and Ester Schultz Sparrow. He was a graduate of Riverdale High School and Marycrest International University, from which he received a degree in math and computer science. James was united in marriage to Barbara VanHyfte in 1981 in Annawan. He worked for 47 years as a tool and dye layout inspector for John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline, retiring in 2010.
James was a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rock Island. He was a member of the Doric Masonic Lodge of Moline and was charter and past member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Father Bader Assembly of Rock Island. James enjoyed fundraising at his church, woodworking, home remodeling, camping and sailing. He traveled extensively for Deere training and educating other employees.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara; one daughter, Britta Battin, St. Charles, Ill.; one son, Jeff Sparrow, Sweden; eight grandchildren; one sister, Pat Huff, East Moline; and one brother, John Sparrow, Clearwater, Fla.
James was preceded in death by his parents.
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