Phillip Sparrow

Phillip Sparrow

March 23rd, 1943 - September 9th, 2019
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Phil Sparrow, known to some as “Birdman” because of his surname, passed away quietly on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 10:13 p.m. in Fort Wayne’s Lutheran Hospital. He was 76 years old and was a longtime resident of Atwood.

Phil was born in Plymouth on March 23, 1943. He was the only son of Victor Sparrow and Eula Dean (Spurlock) Sparrow and was raised in the family home with his sister, Judy. He was a 1961 graduate of Etna Green High School where he ran track and played both basketball and baseball. Later, he spent more than 40 years at R.R. Donnelley and Sons as a pressman.

In fact, Phil had a large group of friends, many of whom were Donnelley retirees with whom he visited nearly every day at the bowling alley or Time Out Inn. He was humble and amiable and had a good sense of humor. He chose his words with tact and kindness and rarely knew a stranger – he had a smile for everyone. He was a good conversationalist, a good listener and was fun to be around. More privately, Phil was a longtime member of Atwood’s Otterbein United Methodist Church and formerly a member of the Moose and Eagles. He enjoyed fishing and loved the beach, visiting Fort Myers Beach twice annually for many years.

Alongside Phil for the past 54 years, his wife, Carol Sparrow, survives in Atwood; the two were married on March 6, 1965. Also surviving are their three children: daughter, Mindy (husband, Barry) Robins of Columbia City and their children: Garrett, Logan, Madison and McKynzie; daughter, Wendy (husband, Jeff) Kindle and their children: Brianna, Karly, Jaime, Ashley and Cody; son, Tim (wife, Shelly) Sparrow of Mishawaka and their children: Shane, Leigha and Vince and seven great-grandchildren.

A Life Celebration is planned with the assistance of Titus Funeral Home, 2000 East Sheridan Street in Warsaw, where memorial visitation will be held on Monday, September 16th from 3 to 7 p.m. Phil’s funeral will be officiated by Pastor Jim Lawson at Otterbein UMC, 306 East Main Street in Atwood, on Tuesday at 11 o’clock with gathering for one hour prior.

Memorial gifts may be directed to the Kosciusko County Riley Kids Fund. Please make checks payable to Kosciusko County Community Foundation, 102 East Market Street, Warsaw, IN 46580 with KC RILEY KIDS FUND in memo line.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    September 16th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    September 16th, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Titus Funeral Home
    2000 East Sheridan Street
    Warsaw, IN 46580
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  • Service

    September 17th, 2019 | 11:00am
    September 17th, 2019 11:00am
    Atwood Otterbein United Methodist Church
    306 E Main St
    Atwood, IN 46502
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Jim Lawson


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Cindy Money

Posted at 03:05pm
Carol and family-
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your loss. I will always remember how kind you and Phil were to me when I babysat for your adorable kids, Mindy, Wendy, & Timmy! Your family was one of my favorites to babysit! Hugs- Cindy (Nifong) Money

Anthony Frazzetta

Posted at 09:07am
Dear Carol, I was so sorry to hear about Phil. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this really hard time.
Liz Frazzetta

Ray and Bev Fenix

Posted at 08:24pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Amy lebon

Posted at 01:05pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, The LeBon family
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Jerry Martin

Posted at 01:05pm
So sorry to hear of the passing of Phil. What a great guy! Jerry and Vicki Martin

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