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.
Published in Daily Herald on Apr. 2, 2016.