Spurgeon, Sherrill Max

Sherrill Max Spurgeon 75, died Thursday, March 13, 2014 at his home in San Jose, California.

He was born October 16, 1938 in Galesburg, Illinois. He was the son of Max and Annabel (Moore) Spurgeon of Knoxville. His father Max preceded him in death. His mother survives.

He attended Sunnyside rural school through the third grade and Knoxville schools thereafter, graduating in 1956 from KHS.

In 1957 he married Donna Camren (Scott) of Knoxville, and later married Hope Spurgeon of San Jose on May 1, 1976. She survives.

His daughter Nikki (Don) Asbury of Knoxville with granddaughter Elizabeth Asbury, (Scott Mason), and great grandson Carter Mason survive. Also surviving are six siblings, Dr. Irene Caruso (Peter), James Spurgeon (Kathy), John D. Spurgeon (Eloise), Marian Penfold (Rev. J.L.) , Carol Scislowicz and Margaret Mockler. Numerous nieces and nephews, Max Caruso (Anissa), Carla Brinker (John), Ben Caruso (Lauren), Margaret Caruso; Mark Spurgeon (Crystal), Laura (Joe) DeJohn; Marian Spurgeon, John T. Spurgeon (Dusty), Charles Spurgeon, Robert Spurgeon; Amy Penfold, James L. Penfold (Cari), David Penfold (Megan); Tony Jon Scislowicz, Denise Scislowicz, Maribeth Scislowicz, Ryan Scislowicz; Julie Mockler, Alicia Metcalf (Brandon), Aaron Mockler, Katherine Mockler. Twenty great nieces and nephews survive. He was stepfather to Dennis, Nicholas, Felipe, Steven Sanchez and Missy Green, all survive. He was preceded in death by his father, and his loyal companion dog “Wizard.”

He assisted his father at Cities Service Station for ten years in Galesburg after graduating from high school. He retired after forty six years as negotiator for Local 3 union of Operating Engineers. He was Vice President and he traveled extensively in his work.

He was baptized in the Methodist Church. He will be missed by all.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 28, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville, Illinois. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 A.M. Rev. J.L. Penfold will be officiating the services. Memorial donations may be left to the Knoxville United Methodist Church or charity of donor’s choice. Online condolences can be made at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com