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WHEATON - Joseph Spradley, 83, passed away after a battle with cancer on March 29, 2016 at home. Joe was the fourth child of nine, born in Baker, Or. and raised in Los Angeles, Ca. He married Marilyn in 1955. He leaves his wife, Marilyn Spradley, four children, Joanna (Charlie) Moffett, Dan (Gail), Ben (Maryann), Susanna (Thomas) Smoak and 14 grandchildren. Joe earned his PhD in Physics from UCLA. He taught Physics, Astronomy, Math, and History of Science at Wheaton College from 1959 to 2014. He had additional teaching assignments in Beirut, Lebanon; Zaria, Nigeria; Nairobi, Kenya; Cairo, Egypt; and Jinan, China. Three times a week you could find Joe performing stunts off the 3 meter diving board at Wheaton College until 2015. A visitation will be held at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, in Warrenville, IL on Friday, April 8 from 5-8, and at 9:30 am on Saturday , April 9 followed by a memorial service at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, any donations may be made to Daystar University (Kenya) 8011 34th Ave. South C50, Bloomington, Mn 55425 or to Action International Ministries, P.O. Box 398, Mountlake Terrace, Wa. 98043.

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Published in Daily Herald on Apr. 2, 2016.
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May 4, 2016
Dear Marilyn and family:

Your husband and father was truly accomplished, personable, humble--whose career paralleled my Dad's in ways hard to believe.

He was surely one of the nicest men I've ever met.

Joe and my Dad left quite a swath as they hop-scotched around the planet. I know how much my Dad valued Joe's work and friendship.

Please accept our deepest condolences--we boys all liked and respected him.

Every good wish and blessing

Tim Kraakevik for the family
Tim Kraakevik
April 17, 2016
Greetings Marilyn and the Spradley family,

I was quite impressed as a physics student at Wheaton to have a professor not all that much older than I was. I was also impressed to watch this professor working out on the trampoline along with the other students, David Gillette in particular who was just phenomenal on the trampoline. Joe was special also because the Spradley family and the Voget (my mother was a Voget and sister of Lamberta who was on the Wheaton faculty for several decades) family were part of the same Bethel Temple church family in Los Angeles. for most of my life I have been a lap swimmer, so he and I shared that part of keeping fit. I was also inspired by his interest and commitment to his Lord as expressed by teaching abroad. I pray that his example in these areas will continue to challenge and inspire all who knew him, just as I have been. He was a quiet person but yet so much larger than life. He was a blessing in my life.

May the peace of God be with you and your family at this time of loss.
John Munro
April 7, 2016
Dear Marilyn,

My thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve this loss. May the Comforter be very near.

With love,
Elaine Hooker
April 4, 2016
Dear Spradley family, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I enjoyed the years I worked in the physics department at the college and had great respect for Joe. I always appreciated his kindness and smile. Praying for your comfort and peace as you celebrate Joes life. How wonderful to know he is in the presence of the Lord.
Helen Read
April 4, 2016
Mrs. Spradley, Joanna, Dan, Ben & Susanna,
I was saddened to hear of Dr. Spradley's graduation. He is better off, but we have taken a great loss, especially each of you! He was a great Christian and a fine teacher, and I respected him very much. May Christ comfort you in your grief and give you His peace. Gil Zinke
Gil Zinke
April 3, 2016
Dear Marilyn and all,
We are so very sorry that you have lost Joe after the brave struggle. He will be sorely missed at the head of the family table. We were pleased that Tom Jr. & Mary Lou were able to visit you recently and we dearly wish we could be present to acknowledge in person our love and admiration for Joe.

Tom and Jean Askew
Tom and Jean Askew
April 2, 2016
Dear Mrs. Spradley, Joanna and family,
I was deeply saddened by the news of Dr. Spradley's passing. He was a wonderful colleague, mentor and friend to my mother Jeanette at Haigazian College in Lebanon. May the memories help you find comfort.
Mona Manning (Sahyouni)
Mona Manning-Sahyouni
April 2, 2016
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