KIRKLAND – Earl Frank Spahr, Jr., 83, of Kirkland, Ill., died Friday, March 22, 2013, at Neighbors Nursing Home in Byron, Ill.|
Earl was born Sept. 3, 1929, in Chicago, the youngest of three children. His parents were Florence (Meyer) Spahr and Earl Frank Spahr, Sr.
Earl was an Army veteran of the Korean War, where he worked as a mess sergeant. He was an avid fisherman and spent many years as a talented carpenter and millwright. Many family members enjoyed his efforts and his prowess with power tools in building projects throughout the years including bathrooms, kitchens, family rooms, garages, the Ponderosa plus many athome projects as well.
He was a small business entrepreneur in a variety of areas: truss construction, butcher, carpenter, salesman and gentleman farmer raising his own beef and hogs for the freezer.
He loved fishing, all sports, dogs of all types and raising his children. Memories of Christmas breakfasts at Grandpa Spahr's will always be remembered for the best biscuits and gravy ever.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene; children, Ginny (Steve) McNeal of Beloit, Wis., Bill (Susan) Spahr of Albany, Wis., Betty Meyer (Doug Shroyer) of Kirkland and Judy Watkins (Marge Padgett) of Baraboo, Wis. He also is survived by three step-daughters, Tina Sanders, Dawn (Robert) Porthouse and Elizabeth (Dan) Wuthrich. Earl was a grandfather to 14 grandchildren and great-grandfather of 10.
He also leaves sisters, Rae (Bob) Patterson and Myra Peterson; brothers-in-law, Roy Schwabe and Tom (Betty) Bock; sisters-in-law, Rose (Dick) Schar and Carole (Art) Albores; and former wife and mother of his children, Kathryn Haines.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Betty Schwabe; and brother-in-law, Paul Peterson.
A memorial service to celebrate Earl's life is scheduled at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Olson Funeral Home, Kirkland. Memorials can be given to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation.
Following the service, a luncheon will be held at the community room of the Kirkland Fire Department, Highway 72, Kirkland.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Mar. 25, 2013