Was born June 24, 1925 in Baird, Nebraska, to Henry and Marie Spomer. He was raised with his 5 brothers and 1 sister in Grand Junction, Colorado. In 1953, he took a job with the Western Pacific Railroad and moved to Sacramento, California with his wife Betty and daughter Ronda. He worked with the railroad until his retirement more than 30 years later. Velbert served as a Motor Machinists Mate, Third Class in the US Navy. During WWII, he was stationed in the South Pacific, and later was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific American and Victory medal. Velbert was a Freemason and member of the Sceptor Lodge in W. Sacramento, as well as a life member of the VFW Post#8762. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, parents, and 5 of his siblings. Velbert is survived by his brother, Gene Spomer, his daughter and son-in-law, Ronda and Alex Klistoff, and his granddaughters, Alysa (Klistoff) Loring (Phil), Monica Klistoff, and Leanna Klistoff. Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Service on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at River Cities Funeral Chapel, 910 Soule St., West Sacramento, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the W. Sacramento VFW Post #8762 or Shriners Childrens Hospital.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on September 17, 2012