Forrest "Spanky" Spurgeon, 68, Seymour, passed away at 3:10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
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Forrest graduated from Seymour High School in 1962 and enjoyed going to class reunions and visiting with classmates. He retired from Cummins Engine Company on Jan. 1, 2001, after 35 years of service. He was a lifetime member of Seymour First Nazarene, where he served as a Sunday school teacher for boys and was a children's church helper and usher among other tasks.
He and his wife, Delphine, served the missionary side of the church and went on several mission trips to such places as Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. Forrest took a huge interest in the church kids and encouraged them to attend church camps. He served the United States in the National Guard as a reservist for six years serving in several bases in the country.
Forrest enjoyed being outside and working with his wood stove and had a huge interest in Allis Chalmers tractors and dearly loved his animals, especially Buttons and his current dog, Ponto. His family remembers him being a very sensitive man who had a huge heart.
Born on Aug. 16, 1944, in Seymour, he was the son of Herschel and Edna (Hallett) Spurgeon. On Oct. 26, 1969, in Bedford, Ky., he married Delphine Adams.
Survivors include his wife, Delphine; a son, Damon (Irishe) Spurgeon, Columbus; daughter, Danielle Spurgeon, Seymour; sister, Carol Spurgeon, Seymour; aunt, Nona Jaynes, Seymour; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and several uncles and aunts.
Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Seymour First Nazarene, 311 Myers Lane, Seymour, with Pastors Steve Greene and Bryan Solomon officiating. Burial will follow the services at Ackeret's Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be given to World Evangelism Fund for the Church of the Nazarene or toward the funeral expenses in care of the funeral home.
Woodlawn Family Funeral has been entrusted with arrangements.
Online condolences can be sent through the funeral home website at www.WoodlawnFamilyFuneral.com.
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311 Holiday Sq. Rd. Seymour, IN 47274
Published in Tribune from Dec. 12 to Dec. 16, 2012