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Richard Sprotte Obituary
Richard Sprotte Richard Sprotte was born in Roskilde, Denmark to Arno and Christine Sprotte on May 21, 1925 and died on January 11, 2013. Due to the generosity of an American tourist whom he met in Copenhagen, he was able to immigrate to the United States in December, 1955, an event for which he often expressed extreme gratitude. In California, he met and married Tommye Woodland, an Austinite, who had come to California to teach. They were married in June, 1958 and after a two month European honeymoon settled in San Diego where he worked as a structural engineer. They had three children: Erik, who is married to Terry Recht, lives in San Clemente, California, Carsten, married to Isabelle Broc, lives in Paris, France, and Lisa Girouard who is married to Dan lives in Cedar Park, Texas. He enjoyed classical music, traveling (several times to Europe) in the U.S. and Canada, enjoyed the beauties of nature, loved gardening, especially growing roses, studying the Scriptures, and visiting his children and friends. He also enjoyed volunteering with the Lifetime Learning Institute for several years. Richard and Tommye came to Austin in the mid-70's to be near Tommye's mother and the University of Texas so Erik could attend the alma mater of his mom and an aunt and uncle. Richard was employed in the city planning department of Austin which gave him much satisfactin. He is survived by his children, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild. The grandchildren are Alexa Sprotte, Dan, Nathan, and Kristen Girouard, and Guillaume and Leo Sprotte. His great grandchild is Ella Jane Girouard. He was an especially loving husband and father and will be sorely missed. Our family is very thankful to Hospice Austin for their loving care.

Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 18, 2013
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