Sprague, Gregory

Written by David Green.

Gregory Wayne Sprague, 59, of Adrian, Mich., died Sept. 23, 2012, surrounded by his family and friends, under the care of Hospice of Lenawee.

He was born Aug. 31, 1953, in Hudson, Mich., and raised in Morenci by his parents, Dorothy and Harold Sprague. Greg married Janet M. Ely, his high school sweetheart, on May 12, 1974, and she survives.

Greg graduated from Morenci Area High School in 1971 and attended Rangley College in Colorado on a baseball scholarship. 

  Greg’s greatest enjoyment was his family and he never missing an activity or event and he especially enjoyed his daughters’ athletics.  He also loved gardening, fishing, mushroom hunting, University of Michigan sports and vacationing with his family and friends in northern Michigan and in Key West, Fla. 

Greg was known for his carefree personality that provided entertainment for all. He was the local jokester at the Spring’s party store which he owned and operated 13 years.  He also worked for a beverage company, direct line communication and flipped and remodeled houses. 

In addition to his wife, Greg is survived by two daughters, Dr. Sarah (and Eric) Salenbien and Rachel (and Eric) Nichols;  two grandchildren, Ella and Owen Salenbien; his mother, Dorothy Sprague; a sister, Brenda (and Doug) Wyeth; a brother, Matthew (and JoAnne) Sprague; and an aunt, Eunice Stone.

He was preceded in death by his father. 

Funeral services are planned at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, at the Anderson Funeral Home, Adrian, with Pastor Fritz Kruse and Pastor Ron Keller officiating.  Burial will be in Green’s Lakeside Cemetery at Devils Lake. Visitation is scheduled from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday  at Anderson Funeral Home.  

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Gregory Sprague Scholarship Fund.

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