|Samuel J. "Sam" Spring, 74, North Henderson, IL died at 5:05 p.m., Saturday, November 7, 2009, at home, under the care of hospice and surrounded by loved ones.
He was born October 10, 1935 in Macomb, Illinois the son of Kenneth "Pete" and M. Marguerite DeCounter Spring. He was raised and educated in Industry, IL.
He married Joyce E. Caldwell on August 8, 1952 in Palmyra, MO.
Surviving is his wife, two sons, Chris (and Lynne) Spring of Oneida, IL and Junior (and Dee) Spring of Rockford, IL; three daughters, Pam (and Stuart) Bjorgan of Detroit Lakes, MN, Sally (and Wade) Ankesheiln of Columbia, MO and Michele (and Brett) Jones of Tampico, IL; one daughter-in-law, Nancy Spring of Neponset, IL; 15 grandchildren, CJ (and Marcy) Spring, Richie (and Jennifer) Spring , Marcy (and Ben) Strand, Ryne Sage, Bryn (and Jolene) Sage, Haley Sage, Katie Spring, Tim Bjorgan, Kim (and Wayne) Walk, Cody Logsdon, Steph Harris, Dustin Retherford, Samantha Spring and Nick Spring; and 9 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bud (and Joyce) Spring of Bethel, MO and Ron (and Mary) Spring of Galesburg; two sisters, Pat (and Dick) Turner of Oneida and Marcella Peacock of Chicago, IL.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Randy Spring, an infant son, Byron, and a grandson, Robbie Logsdon.
He farmed for many years. During those years he also drove school bus for ROVA school district and hauled fuel for Anderson Oil in the fall of 1967 during the construction of Interstate 74. After retiring from farming he went to work as a parts man for Allis-Chalmers in Victoria. He went on to work in the parts departments for Lee Implement, Oneida; Dexter Farm Equipment, Wataga and Hatzer and Nordstrom in Annawan, IL, retiring in 2004.
He played softball for many years with teams from Rio, Alexis and North Henderson. He bowled in leagues in Alpha & Galva; serving as secretary for many years. He loved to watch sports, especially his beloved St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers. He could often be found tinkering in the garage while listening to country music. He enjoyed taking care of his yard. He loved spending time with his family.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM, Friday, November 13, 2009 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel with Pastor Terry Lancaster officiating. Visitation will be from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM Thursday, November 12, 2009 at the Chapel. Cremation will follow the services.
Memorials may be made to Illinois CancerCare, Peoria, IL. Online condolences may be left at www.h-p-w.com.