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Philip Spreuer


Philip M. Spreuer, 90, LaGrange, died Monday, February 20, 2012 at Parkview Hospital in Ft. Wayne.

    He was born February 9, 1922, in Shipshewana, to Claud B. and Adelia (Eash) Spreuer.

    Living most of his life in LaGrange County, he was the former owner of Spreuer and Sons Inc. in LaGrange, and a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He was a prisoner of war and received the Purple Heart. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in LaGrange, LaGrange American Legion Post 215, Inlakes Investors, Meridian Sun Lodge #76 F&AM of LaGrange, Scottish Rite Valley of Ft. Wayne, Mizpah Shrine, and LaGrange County Shrine Club.  He was a member of the Farmers State Bank Board of Directors in LaGrange from 1975-1997 and board member emeritus until his death. He was a former member and president of the LaGrange County Hospital Board. His gifts to the community were many, including the Elijah Haven House and land for the LaGrange Communities Youth’s Centers.

    He was married July 1, 1944, in Elkhart, to Beatrice Mae Bridge. She preceded him in death on February 2, 1959.  He was married March 20, 1960, in Elkhart, to Lucienne A. Shank. She preceded him in death on April 8, 2010.

    Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and Carl Stoltz, Topeka; one granddaughter, Shannon E. Denaway, Garrett, Ind.; one grandson, James P. Denaway, Middlebury; a granddaughter-in-law, Jolene M. Denaway, Constantine, Mich.; and seven great-grandchildren, Brooke and Cierra Wilcoxson, Ashley and Alexie Denaway, Dacota Yoder, and Andrew and Austin Denaway.

    He was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers.

    Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 24, at Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange with a Masonic service at 7:30 p.m.

    Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, February 25, at the First United Methodist Church in LaGrange with Reverend Chris Danielson officiating.

    Burial with military graveside services by LaGrange American Legion Post 215 will be in Greenwood Cemetery, LaGrange.

    Memorials may be directed to Elijah Haven Crisis Intervention Center, 201 S. Detroit St., LaGrange, IN 46761 or LaGrange Communities Youth’s Centers, Inc. (LCYC), P.O. Box 72, LaGrange, IN 46761.

    Online condolences may be sent at www.fruripmayfuneral

    Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange is in charge of arrangements.