Earl W. Spory

Born: Sat., Apr. 20, 1918
Died: Tue., May 20, 2014


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., May 29, 2014
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Fri., May 30, 2014
Location: Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home

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   Mr. Earl Spory, 96, of Quincy, died at 7:55 a.m. Tuesday (May 20, 2014) in his home.

   Born April 20, 1918 in Hancock County, Illinois, Earl was the son of William Louis and Johana Elizabeth Howe Spory. He was married to Erma Marie Hufendick who preceded him in death.

   Mr. Spory was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where he enjoyed attending breakfast with "The King's Club".  An avid gardener, Earl was well known for Earl's Garden, from which he sold and donated his produce to many throughout the Quincy area.  Earl loved helping others and volunteered at the Salvation Army and Blessing Hospital where he drove people to and from their cars in the golf cart.

   Mr. Spory was employed at Johnson Seed Company in Taylor, Missouri for many years until his retirement.

   Survivors include a daughter, Ruth Penzkofer (Alan) of Odessa, FL; a son, Carl Spory (Norma) of Quincy; a daughter in law, Connie Spory of Quincy; two grandchildren, Melissa Claus (Walter) of North Aurora, IL and Adam Spory (Heather) of Quincy; six step grandchildren, Randy Roan (Laura) of Springfield, IL, Jeff Roan of Shawnee, KS, and Denise Penzkofer, Christine Penzkofer, Penny Penzkofer and Kenny Penzkofer all of Tampa, FL; seven great grandchildren including, Lily Claus; a sister, Helen Spory of Quincy; and several nieces and nephews.

   Mr. Spory was preceded in death by his parents; Spouses; a son, Glen W. Spory; a brother, Roger Spory; and two sisters, Lylah Bradbury and Hulda Spory.

   Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 10:30 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home by the Rev. L. D. Grant.  Burial will be in Quincy Memorial Park.

   Visitation will be Thursday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 and Friday morning until the time of services at the funeral home.

   Memorials may be made to the University of Illinois Community Garden or Calvary Baptist Church.

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Ruth Penzkofer
   Posted Sun May 25, 2014
Dad, thanks for being my father and will miss you and you are where you wanted to be in Heaven with my dear Mama and Brother.

John Gebhardt
   Posted Sun May 25, 2014
Sorry to hear of Earl's passing. He was a good fellow gardener at 12th street. We spent many happy hours gardening at that spot till he could no longer continue. Gary and I still garden there with several others now. We miss seeing Earl there every day - rain or shine.

John & Betty Gebhardt

Dianna Herren
   Posted Thu May 29, 2014
Earl became an important part of all of our family. To have known him for 32 years was such a blessing. We saw him through the good times and was there during some of othe unfortunate. He was like a grandpa to our kids. We didn't have anyone to watch them before school at Bible Baptist so Earl offered for them to come and walk along with him while he cleaned. What a blessing that was to all of us. His heart was very tender and burdened for his famiy and others. Not sure that he made any money in the garden but he used it for a testimony for God. It brought him into contact with so many people who will remember him. The last 20 years we had the fortune to live next door to the garden and was able to see him Monday through Saturday and at church on Sunday. We learned a lot from him on gardening and hope we can be half as good as he was. We have shed many tears at your goimg, but we are also praising the Lord because we know you are exactly where you want to be. Your body was getting tired and it was discouraging to you, but you continued to honor God. My only regret Earl is that I'm not sure we ever made sure you knew how special you were to all of us. Love and miss you so much. We are thankful God placed you in our lives!

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