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Melvin Ray Spooner Jr


1926 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Melvin Ray Spooner Jr Obituary
Melvin Ray Spooner Jr, 90, of Blackfoot, Idaho passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Hospice of Eastern Idaho surrounded by his family.
He was born January 16, 1926 in North Dana, Massachusetts to Melvin Ray Spooner Sr and Doris Irene Ames.
Mel received his education in various cities in Massachusetts and got his GED, but has a self taught PhD.
He entered the armed services in 1944 and served during WWII. He was attached to the 83rd Division of the United States Army and active duty in England, France and Germany. 
He was part of the ferocious battle at Normandy Beach and he also helped to liberate the prisoners held in Dachau at the end of the war. 
He was discharged in 1948 and met the love of his life, Geraldine Christensen, in Firth, Idaho. They were married on July 31, 1949 in Blackfoot, Idaho. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Los Angeles LDS Temple.  
He was recalled to active duty in December 1950 and served another year in Korea during the Korean Conflict.
Melvin and Geri lived in Antroch, California for 12 years before returning to Riverside, where they have lived since 1965.
Mel worked at American Potato and at the INEL. He loved camping, fishing, woodworking, playing cards or games of any kind. He also enjoyed singing in the ward choir. Above all he loved being with his family.
Mel is survived by his wife, Geraldine of Blackfoot; son, Gary (Debra) Spooner of Council Bluffs, Iowa; daughters, Connie (John) Nelson of Alpine, Utah and Luann (Brian) Long of Aurora, Colo.; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Bertha Mary Spooner and Beverly McAulduff; and three brothers, Robert, Walter and Donald Spooner.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Riverside LDS Chapel, 7 N 700 W, Blackfoot, Idaho. 
The family will meet with friends and family from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2016 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue and for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will follow at the Riverside-Thomas Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on May 6, 2016
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