Created on Friday, 15 March 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
John W. Sprouse Jr., 43, of the York Center area, died unexpectedly Wednesday, March 13, 2013, from an apparent heart attack.
He was born in Kenton on July 26, 1969, to John W. Sr. and Ninnette Phipps Sprouse, who survive near York Center, along with his younger brother, Michael Sprouse, of the home; two uncles, David (Karen) McLaughlin of Wellborn, Fla., and Marvin (Beth) Phipps of Worthington; his aunt, Marlene (Matt) Smith of West Mansfield; his first cousins, Stacy Shelton, Ronna Shelton, Amy (Ben) Grafton, Jennifer (Jim) Perez, Paul (Candace) McLaughlin, Brent Phipps, Victoria Phipps, Jessica Smith and Russell (Jenny) Smith; and a close family friend who John knew as his “uncle,” Max Hedrick of North Carolina.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Harry and Helen Phipps; paternal grandparents, John and Dorothy Sprouse; an aunt and uncle, Beverly and Thomas Shelton; and a cousin, Wendy Phipps.
He was employed for several years with Honda through Acloche and previously worked for 14 years at Wal-Mart.
A 1987 graduate of North Union High School, John was a 3rd degree black belt in martial arts and was proficient in swordsmanship. He possessed a very strong work ethic and was quite disciplined, and his strength was exhibited in recent years as he battled both brain and lung cancer.
He loved karaoke at Paddy Mac’s Lounge and enjoyed celebrating each year at the Dublin Irish Festival, especially when his favorite band, Ladies of Longford performed.
He cherished his dog “Tippy” and will forever be remembered as a wonderful son and loving older brother.
The Rev. James Taylor officiates a funeral at 11 a.m. Monday at Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield, where visitation is from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Burial is at York Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Humane Society.
Express condolences at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com