John E. Sprague, 77, passed away peacefully at the Jack Byrnes Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Hospital on December 8, 2020.
He was born in Easton, ME, on April 17, 1943 to J. Russell & Crystal Grass Sprague. He attended school in Easton and graduated from Husson College in Bangor, ME, with a BS Degree in Accounting. He joined the Maine Army National Guard in 1964 (while in college). He married Barbara Dow on December 5, 1970; they were together for 50 years.
After moving to Vermont in 1979, John continued his military career, joining the Vermont Army Reserves, retiring after 22 ½ years of military service, as a Master Sergeant. He was in the insurance industry for many years as a claims adjuster, and insurance agent. He retired in 2006 from Lawrence and Wheeler Insurance Agency in Springfield, VT.
He was predeceased by his parents.
Surviving are his sons, John Russell Sprague, II and wife, Roselind of California; Darrin P. Sprague and fiancée Stacy of Plymouth, MA; and Shady Blackwell, III and wife Melissa of Unity, NH; five grandsons, John Russell Sprague, Tyler, Kyle and Brady Sprague, Michael Blackwell; two granddaughters, Melissa Sprague and Catherine Blackwell; and one great granddaughter, Brynlee Blackwell; four brothers, Lynn and wife Helene of Nashua, NH; Gordon and wife Joan of Florida; Terry and wife, Jenny of Madison, NE, and Dale and wife Terry of California; one sister, Nancy and husband Merlin Newcomb of Westfield, ME, and several nieces and nephews.
He was very involved in the Springfield Lions Club in many capacities, including their secretary/treasurer for many years, as well as a term as their president. He was also involved with Vermont Lions Charities, and very involved each summer with their Lions Twin State Soccer matches with New Hampshire. On a district level, he was the Cabinet Secretary/Treasure of District Governor, Ken Millay.
There will be no services. Memorial contributions can be made to the Springfield Lions Club, P.O. Box 776, Springfield, Vermont 05156.
The Stringer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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