- 73 years old
- Date of birth: Mar 5, 1943
- Place of birth:
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
- Date of passing: Jul 6, 2016
- Place of passing:
Floresville/La Vernia, Texas, United States
|Let the memory of Richard be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of my father, Richard Sprague, 73, born on March 5, 1943 and passed away on July 6, 2016. He will be remember forever.
Dad requested his ashes be taken to Ohio and placed with his mother and father. A service at Evergreen Cemetary, Geneva, Ohio, at 930 a.m. on 1 August will be held.
"Pop, you were a wonderful person to me and many others. When my own father passed away, without hesitation, you took the role of a father figure. When good people like yourself leave us, there is a great sadness but, I am so glad I was able to be apart of your life. I will miss you greatly Pop!!!!!!!!"
"All our friends and family,
Sorrow fills our hearts this sad moment, a sorrow that is deep and personal. Dick has silently closed the door of life and departed for our family. Our lives will be empty in the area that he brightened for us. Albert Einstein said "the value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive." In one word, Dick was a man who gave. His life was a life that demands notice, exemplified kindness, inspired professionalism, and lit a path for others to follow.
In his career of over 50 years, he walked with passion, integrity, and energy. Dick came into this world in 1943. In 1943 the average income in the US was $2,000; cost of a new car $900; a bottle of Coca Cola was a nickel; popular movies included Lassie Come Home and Heaven Can Wait. Construction was completed on the Pentagon, and while Dick's first analytical tool included the Guhor stick, this was the same year Britain broke the German Enigma code using a computer called Colossus. So we have heard a little about Dicks service, I would now like to honor him paraphrasing some words from the Navy, it is called the Watch.....For Fifty years this loyal American Stood the Watch; 1965 Elmendorf Alaska - Airmen Sprague Stood the Watch; 1971 Vietnam - Sergeant Sprague Stood the Watch; 1986 Cryptologic Support Group - Senior Master Sergeant Sprague Stood the Watch; 1990's Desert Shield/Desert Storm - Mr Sprague Stood the Watch; 2006 Texas Senior Operations Officer - Mr Sprague Stood the Watch...2016 Mr Sprague Today we are here to say..the Watch stand relieved. Relieved by those You have trained, guided, and led
Dick..we have the watch
For your Bravery, Hard Work, and Dedication to our country
We Thank You...CJK"
"My loving Pops! I miss you so much but I know you are in a much better place. You were my dad that I never had. I looked up to you and loved you very much. I am so thankful that God brought our paths together. I will forever and always cherish every moment we spent together. We had a lot of hobbling good times but we made it. We were both using canes but it didn't slow us down to much. We kept on! You filled a void I had for years which was a daddy figure. You are the best example of what a true man should be. Thank you for allowing me to share the last 3 years with you. I will always love and miss you but I will never forget you. I LOVE YOU!"
"Wow, what can I say about Richard in this small space? It was my honor and pleasure to get to know him after he started to attend our church. Richard always dressed sharp every Sunday morning and served as a greeter at the entry doors.
I was happy to get to visit with Richard at Country Care the day before he went to be with the Lord. He reconfirmed his acceptance of God's gift of salvation as he verbally declared Jesus as his Lord and Savior!
He said that he knew this was the end for him, so I read him Scripture about what awaits us as believers and when we had finished talking and praying that day, he said that he was ready to go. We made arrangements to come back for a visit the next day but in the morning, his journey here had ended and he moved forward in his eternal life!
Richard is and will be missed at River Oaks Church and I know that we are all better for knowing him. But, we will meet again one day and I'm sure he will be one of the best dressed saints in heaven!
See you later Richard!
Pastor Paul Buford
River Oaks Church
Sutherland Springs, TX"
"To the kind members of his church...thank you for your love and caring. I meant a lot to him.
Cousin Par Sprague."
"I've always looked up to you...a. Cousin just a few years older than me. You were more like a brother to me. Our kids played on the Lancaster farm home. Many great memories. Oh how we prayed for you during the Vietnam war! You will always be remembered. Love you, Pat."
"I had the honor of knowing you and working with you only a few short years before your passing, but I will always remember your kind nature and warm smile. You may not have realized it, but you brightened my morning each day as I passed by your desk on the way to mine. May God's blessings be upon your family as they grieve your loss."
"Thank you for being a great mentor and always having an open ear for me. I will miss you my friend."
"Your absence here is keenly felt - you were a mentor, instructor and guide to so many of us. You encouraged me to learn when monotony & minutiae sapped my motivation. I'll miss the brief chats passing by your section most mornings and never forget the impact that something as simple as a kind word and smile can make in someone's day. Thank you for taking the time to care, I pray our loss is Heaven's gain."
"Thank you for having such a kind soul and being such a beautiful person. I miss you! I can't wait to hear more of your crazy stories, but this time in Heaven w our kitties by our sides (:"
"Richard, your presence is missed by River Oaks Church. You are loved and missed. We are forever thankful that God brought you to us."
"It has been such a blessing to have known you, sir. You will be greatly missed."
"Mr. Sprague, for me it was too soon. You were an amazing person, that has seen so much. I always looked forward to learning more about your life. I will miss you."
"So glad I got to know you sir. You had such a generous heart. I'm so happy for you that you are enjoying time with Jesus now, but we sure miss you here!"
"Where do I start. Thank you for taking me in when I had no where to go. Thank you for all of Dr.pepper and dunking donuts lol. Thank you for putting up with Toyia's and mine silliness, I am sure there were times we totally embarrassed you, but you never let that stop you from taking us places. Thanking for all that you have done for me. RIP love Kim"
"Great man, good friend, gone from earth, but will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew him... Love and miss you my friend. ❤️"
"Thank you for your kindness and warmth while I was in high school. And thank you for bringing my best friend into my life."
"Those days we spent together laughing and lying, working and playing, drinking and praying will always be in my mind as the best days of my life...Miss you, Dick..."
"I miss you Daddy!"
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