Theodore Clifford Sprinkle

Born: Wed., Nov. 13, 1940
Died: Thu., Mar. 1, 2018


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Mar. 05, 2018
Location: Morning Star Church

Military Honors

4:00 PM Tue., Mar. 06, 2018
Location: Morning Star Church

Memorial Service

4:10 PM Tue., Mar. 06, 2018
Location: Morning Star Church

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On March 1, 2018 at 6:03pm Theodore Clifford Sprinkle opened his eyes in Heaven free from the pain of cancer, the difficulties of pneumonia and the frustrations of a body that was simply giving out. He missed the IU / Rutger’s game that was on later that night fortunately because that would have killed him. We hope Billy Graham wasn’t near him in Heaven when dad heard the score.

Ted was born on November 13th 1940 to John Ellsworth Sprinkle and Margaret C. Sprinkle at home in Cass County. We, his family who weren’t around yet, suspect he had a youth filled with fun, shenanigans and general lawlessness. He attended Tipton Township School where he played sports, talked to girls and learned to type. He helped out at his father’s Sinclair gas station in Walton where he first learned to play horseshoes. He hunted pheasants and rabbits, fished every creek, river and pond whether he was supposed to be there or not and practiced the art of feeling for snapping turtles in ditches and riverbanks. He was handsome and ornery and likeable.

Ted joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1959 and became an esteemed embassy guard in Greece where he once met the blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield and has a photo of him with her. He served with honor and has been a proud Marine every since. He married Sharlyn Sue Martin and had three sons Kevin Duane Sprinkle, Christopher Jon Sprinkle and Terry Tyrone Wray. They also had a daughter Amy Elizabeth Sprinkle.

Ted was an avid outdoorsman. He was an outstanding fisherman who caught huge bass, tons of bluegills as big as your hand and the occasional catfish. His favorite spots were Lake Cicott and the strip pits in and around Linton, IN. He was an expert with all baits but to him nothing was better than the heart stopping blast on a buzz bait. He hunted birds with pointing dogs and rabbits with beagles. Some of his best friends walked on four paws and had burrs on them. He was a champion mushroom hunter (he has the trophies) and looked forward to the spring each year for this reason (and to start fishing.) He and his fishing buddy Harold Hall hauled a jonboat around long after most men their age even thought about it.

On December 19, 2015 Ted was inducted in the Indiana State Horseshoe Pitchers Association Hall Of Fame, proof of his expertise and abilities. Pitching horseshoes was his favorite hobby eventually taking the place of fishing. He has many friends all over the United States through his tournament experiences. He was a member of the elite Kokomo Barn pitchers and threw horseshoes two days before he passed. He was a 3x State Champion and was 4th in the World Championships. Today he is throwing double ringers in Heaven.

Ted’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the joys of his life. He was a super fun papaw who was active, fun and loving. He was a great gift buyer for all the kids and could be counted on to supply weird gadgetry, tools, knives and fun stuff to the kids for birthday’s, Christmases and for the heck of it. His house is filled with photos of all of these kids from birth until now. He loved his daughter in laws Kim and Susie very much and they knew it. He also had many others who call him papaw who he gladly embraced. You didn’t have to be blood to be a part of his family.

In 1999 Linda Mills became Ted’s Girlfriend, best friend and eventually his caretaker until the end. Linda continues to be a loved and valued member of his family. She is one of the main reasons he lasted two more years and the family is eternally grateful.

Ted was diagnosed with leukemia in February of 2016. He chose to do no active treatment for his cancer and simply live as long as he could as well as he could. After being given weeks to months to live he lasted just over two years living life to the absolute fullest. He caught more fish, threw lots of ringers, watched the Cubs win the World Series and many more IU, Pacers, Colts and Cubs games. He grew more beautiful flowers. He laughed much in those two extra years, went to many birthday parties for grandchildren, had coffee with his friends Harold and Pat every morning and generally lived a rock star life. He rode a bicycle, travelled, hit a baseball and kept up with everyone on Facebook. Four days before he passed he walked on stilts for his great-grandchildren to prove that he could. In short, he chose life and lived it well.

Theodore was proceeded in death by his father Jon Sprinkle, his mother Margaret Sprinkle, a brother Larry “Turtle” Sprinkle, a brother Jack Sprinkle, a daughter Amy Sprinkle and a son Charlie McCoy. He is lovingly survived by his sister Janet Halgren and family, nieces and nephews, a son and daughter in law Kim and Kevin Sprinkle, a son and daughter in law Chris and Susie Sprinkle, Terry Wray, Jeff Kearnes and Sherry Nehl, who Ted loved as his own children, grandchildren Candace Williamson, Cameron Sprinkle, Keenan Sprinkle, Josiah Sprinkle and Noah Sprinkle, and great-grandchildren Jack Williamson, Sophia Williamson and Scarlett Sprinkle.

Ted embraced the philosophy “live like you are dying” despite never really thinking he was going to die. He lived life to the very fullest. He worked hard, played hard and loved hard. He lived and died on his own terms. He knew Jesus and trusted Him in the end. He wasn’t afraid to die and wasn’t afraid to live. He will be greatly missed yet his legacy of love and life will remain. A legacy is not what you leave behind but instead who you leave behind. He left many lives made better by knowing him. 

Military honors will be offered at 4:00 pm Tuesday March 6, 2018, at Morning Star Church, 2900 E. Markland Ave., Kokomo, followed by a memorial service celebrating Ted’s life.  Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4-8 pm Monday at the church.  

Ted’s family is comforted knowing that they were able to have a wonderful relationship with their father.  In lieu of flowers, friends are encouraged to take their loved ones to dinner and spend time together.  Shirley & Stout Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.   Messages of condolence may be left online at


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John Kendall
   Posted Fri March 02, 2018
Ted, a long distant relative that I finally got to know much better through the internet, I will miss him from my early memories of a long drive to Indiana and visiting with our families. I want to wish Ted a happy voyage to Heaven and his family and friends solace while remembering the good times they had with him.

Rich Altis
   Posted Fri March 02, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss.
Ted was a competitor on the horseshoe courts. I think it was in Topeka 2015 world prelims that Ted taught me a valuable lesson, don't shake hands until the game is over. We were just finishing the game. I was up a point, we shook hands and I called the score to the scorekeeper and the Keeper said your not finished two more shoes please. It's never good to congratulate your opponent before the game is over. Ted got the win. We will miss him on the courts.
Rich Altis

Howard Barnett
   Posted Sat March 03, 2018
I was so sorry to hear of your family's loss. But I am grateful that I got to pitch Ted one last time at the 2017 World Horseshoe Tournament. Always a gentleman and a super competitor. He truly will be missed. My prayers for the family and all the friends that knew this guy!

A. Marie Casey, formerly of Marion
   Posted Sat March 03, 2018
It is obvious from the kind expressions that Mr. Sprinkle will be sadly missed by all who knew him. I find comfort in knowing the restoration of life is guaranteed. Jesus spoke of the coming resurrection (John 5:21, 28, 29), was resurrected by his Father and performed many miracles. All such miraculous events, including resurrections, took place on earth giving us a precious glimpse of what is to come.......seeing our loved ones again! (Acts 24:15)
Knowing death was not God’s purpose for mankind and his purpose has not changed provides comfort as well. His word is clear, “He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces”. (Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 21:4)
Until his promises are fulfilled, may Jehovah God continue to bless your family in the days to come......

Harold and Pat Hall & Family
   Posted Sat March 03, 2018
So sorry for loss of your Dad. What a special friend he was. We are so happy to have shared many good times with him. We will miss him being here for his morning coffee and sharing stories . How he loved outdoors, taking beautiful scenery pictures of flowers, sunsets and all the beautiful things in our world! We love you Ted!
Harold & Pat Hall & family

Maurice & Janis Frantz
   Posted Sat March 03, 2018
Ted and I graduated from high school together. We reconnected last year via phone, followed by e-mails and Facebook. His enjoyment of life and his faith were evident in all our connections. We were touched by his humor while fighting a battle for life. Wonderful and very touching obituary. God's blessings with the family.

Stacy and Gary Hillock
   Posted Mon March 05, 2018
Chris, Susie, Josiah and Noah,
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father (father-in-law and grandfather). Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Love and prayers,
Gary and Stacy

Karon Wallace
   Posted Wed March 07, 2018
I wanted to extend my condolences to the Sprinkle family from everyone at Northview.