Claude Gore, 1925-2016

Published 9:00 am Sunday, February 7, 2016

Memorial services for Claude “Sparky” Gore, 90, of Mason City will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Lutheran Church in Glenville. Interment will be at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the church. Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences are welcome at

Claude Gore

Claude Gore

Sparky died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, at Good Shepherd Health Care Center in Mason City.

Claude (Sparky) Emerson Gore was born Oct. 8, 1925, near Roland, Iowa, to James and Theresa Gore. He graduated from Northwood High School in 1944. He served with the United States Army from 1944 to 1946 as Army personnel on board the USS Brazil. Sparky married Evelyn Mellum on Jan. 25, 1948, at First Lutheran Church of Glenville. He managed Princess Theater in St. James from 1951 to 1956. They then moved to Glenville and owned Sparky’s Standard Station until 1972. Sparky then took courses to enable him to teach small engine repair classes. He taught classes in Albert Lea, Emmons and Owatonna for a number of years.

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Sparky was an active member of First Lutheran Church, where he taught Sunday school and Bethel classes. He was a past member of the Glenville Recreation Board, active in starting the Glenville swimming pool, and a member of the volunteer fire department from 1956 to 1972. He was also a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the Glenville School Board for six years.

Sparky and his wife, Evelyn, enjoyed snowbirding in Mesa, Arizona, for a number of years with many friends from around the Glenville/Albert Lea area. In 2010, he and his wife moved to Mason City to live at The Manor. Sparky continued his carving hobby in the upstairs workshop. He traveled to Albert Lea every Thursday to visit with a group of buddies from the Albert Lea Family Y. Sparky had many interests including hunting, fishing, collecting guns, wood carving, birds, trap shooting, various collections and gardening. Special enjoyment came from being with his grandchildren.

Sparky is survived by his wife, Evie; two sons, Matthew Dean (Jill) Gore and John Joseph (Pam) Gore; seven grandchildren, Andrew (Andrea) Gore, Mitchell (Sara) Gore, Kyle Epsteen, Jake Epsteen, Samuel (Stacey) Gore, Lucas (Rachel) Gore and Karin Gore; great-grandchildren Avery Gore and Larkin Gore; two sisters-in-law, Arline Gore and Patricia Gore; and many nieces and nephews.

Sparky was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ruth (Melvin) Carruthers and Edith (Lavern) Throne; three brothers, Earl (Norma), Bob and Marvin Gore; and three nephews, Larry, Rollin and Randy Gore.