Denis Eugene Spare, 54, of Westminster, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, of heart failure.
Born Sept. 21, 1958, in Hiawatha, Kan., he was the son of Robert W. and Ethel R. Spare.
He was the youngest son in a family of seven children, including three older brothers, two older sisters and one younger sister. His first 18 years were spent roaming the hills and valleys of rural northeast Kansas farms near a small close-knit community of Padonia.
He graduated from Hiawatha High School and studied computer science at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. He worked in the construction industry for many years and eventually owned his own business, primarily subcontracting jobs in Kansas City, Topeka, and Manhattan, Kan. He moved to the Baltimore area in 1996, where he took on many different jobs. Though he had lost sight in one eye, he didn't let limit his working skills and abilities.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and telling of tales, and especially blues music. His compassion, empathy and wit were shared with many, many friends.
He never married and fathered no children, but he shared dwellings with friends, and enjoyed being around children.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are brothers William F. Reeder and wife Candace, of Manassas, Va., and John A. Spare and wife Sherri, of Parsons, Kan.; sisters Marybeth Bramlett and husband Norman, of Grantville, Kan., Sara J. Bindrum and husband John, of Lincoln, Neb., and Zoe A. Stonebraker and husband Todd, of Houston, Texas; roommate Dena Gomes and son Troy, of Westminster; and numerous other relatives and friends.
He was predeceased by grandparents William and Grace Spare, and the Rev. Clarence and Christie Broadfoot; and a brother, Robert W. Spare Jr.
Memorial services for friends in the Baltimore area and Topeka will be held at a time to be announced later.
Memorial contributions may be sent to an education fund for Troy by mailing William Reeder, College of Performing Arts, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, MSN 3E6, Fairfax, VA 22030.
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