James R. ‘Dick’ Sark, 73

Posted on August 27, 2015

James R. “Dick” Sark, 73, of Bluffton passed away at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, at his residence.
Dick was born Feb. 16, 1942, in Bluffton, to William James and Maxine (Gerhart) Sark. 
He graduated from P.A. Allen High School. Dick worked with the Bluffton Police Department for five years and worked with the Bluffton Fire Department for two years. He retired from a career in law enforcement in 1997 after 26 years with the Wells County Sheriff’s Department.   
He loved to fly and owned his own planes and enjoyed flying model airplanes. He enjoyed playing the steel guitar and played with many local bands in this area. He was a member of the S.A.L. Post #111 of Bluffton and the Wells County Pilot’s Association. 
Dick is survived by his wife of 25 years, Karen (Barton) Sark of Bluffton, along with children Richard “Rick” A. (Sherri) Sark and Michael “Mike” P. Sark, both of Bluffton, Candice L. Sark of Fort Wayne and Amanda R. Sark of Bluffton. He was a proud PaPaw to nine grandchildren, Chase Sark of Bluffton, Shelby Sark of Fort Wayne, Autumn Sark of Fort Wayne, Sadie James Sark of Bluffton, Andrew Lancaster, Gregory Lancaster, and Justin Love, all of Dunkirk, Tyler Overla and Chace Beaty of Bluffton. He is also survived by a sister, Sue (Merle) Yoder of Elkhart.
A service to celebrate Dick’s life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. Pastor Roy Nevil will officiate. Calling hours will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and for one hour prior to the service on Saturday. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Bluffton. 
Memorials may be given in Dick’s memory to the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home through the funeral home.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Thoma/Rich, Lemler Funeral Home in Bluffton. 
Friends can share online condolences and memories with the Sark family at www.thomarich.com.

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