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Jeffrey "Jeff" Charles Sprague

February 15, 1948October 4, 2020
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Jeffrey Charles Sprague age 72, of Bath, Michigan passed away on Sunday, October 4, 2020. Jeffrey was born February 15, 1948. The son of Issaac and Ramona (Strong) Sprague, he grew up in Plainwell, MI. Following graduation from MSU, he proudly served in the US Air Force. He was employed 30 years with GM as a pipefitter in Predictive Maintenance. It was at Fisher Body that Jeff and CJ Ivey met and shared 30 years together. Jeff is survived by son, Ryan and DIL Rachel Sprague of Bentonville, AR; stepchildren, Joy Torrenga and Carl Spaleny & grandchild Noah; step siblings, John Shawa of Wolverine & Fran (Mike) McCurdle. Jeff, tragically, was predeceased by his son Aaron. Jeff made every second count, nearly all centered about his Native American heritage. He was a member of Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, to which his mother belonged. Consequently, he was involved for years at Ziibiwing Center. He took pride in the Potawatomi Tribe of MI, to which his father belonged. Jeff loved art including steel, wood and pottery. Of course all art was centered around his culture. The last few years, Jeff worked to help redevelop Nokomis Learning Center. His greatest wish was to help the Center become financially solvent. A Walk -Through for all who wish to say goodbye to Jeff will be held Friday, October 9, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 E Washington, DeWitt, MI 48820. Masks are mandatory.

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Larry Doyle

October 10, 2020

I'm missing Jeff as a GM co-worker, fellow Friday morning golfer, and a fine friend, always with a big smile. Blessings to Jeff's family.

Tom Peters

October 9, 2020

I retired from GM in Lansing and was part of the Native American community. I remember Jeff as a brother and a very decent human being. I enjoyed that broad smile whenever I saw him. My oldest daughters graduated from Dewitt High. I see that Jeff was helping the Nokomis Center, that doesn’t surprise me, I knew he was proud of his heritage. Surely he will be missed. I will be offering my sema (tobacco) for his journey home. I am sure his ancestors will welcome him when he get there. Rest In Peace my friend.

Gail Otte

October 9, 2020

When Jeff came into our family, he was like a ray of sunshine. He was always happy, nothing seemed to bother him. I always felt that when Jeff was present, everything was going to be just fine. We were all blessed to have him for 30 years and I will forever miss his smile. Jeff, when I look to the sky and see a special star I will wave knowing it is you. Rest peacefully brother.

Joanne Krcatovich (Stoneburner)

October 9, 2020

We grew up on James St in Plainwell across from the Spague’s what a nice family they were and good neighbors . One hot summer Jeff had his bike upside down and sun was beating on his tire which exploded from the heat. He and his dad ran out of the house having a good laugh after they found out what the commotion was from. Jeff was such a nice kid, the neighborhood kids would have fun together sliding down the hill in winter or riding bikes in summertime. Prayers to your family.

Bill Otte

October 9, 2020

There are very few I have ever enjoyed being around as much as I did Jeff. Always a smile, positive attitude and fun and interesting to spend hours talking with. I will miss u friend.

Harriet Greenstone

October 7, 2020

Jeff made me smile and made me laugh. He was a great friend of my late husband, Bob Engels and he continued to be a great friend of mine. Through Jeff I became a part of the Nokomis family, for a time as a board member and always as a great supporter. Jeff was my popcorn partner once a year helping pass out popcorn for donations to EVE, the women's shelter. He was an artist and a collector and was wonderfully generous. He is already missed but I'm so glad I was lucky enough to be his friend.

Susan Edminster

October 7, 2020

Jeff will be greatly missed. I met Jeff while interning at Nokomis. We found we shared a passion for art, fixing things, and metal sculpting. We were hoping to one day enter the Scrapfest competition. Jeff was a funny guy, kind and artistic. We didn't always agree on things like politics but we shared a lot of jokes, and our creative visions matched. Prayers for Jeff's family. Walk on gentle warrior. You will be remembered.

Zana Easton

October 7, 2020

Jeff was a good friend and a great golf partner. I'm really going to miss him as my golf partner in our Forrest Acres golf league. Jeff was a great partner as he always took both good and bad shots in good humor. He was a fun and interesting guy to be around. All that guys in the league will miss Jeff.

Anne Kornow

October 7, 2020

Jeff brought happiness and fun into our lives for 50 years. Every time he called my husband, he started the conversation with, "Hey, Allen, this is your ol' buddy Jeff " and Allen would smile as they continued their conversation with enjoyment and laughter. I can just hear them now...
I know you have many good memories to hold onto, as I do, and I hope those thoughts help get you through this painful time. My heart goes out to all of you.
Love, Anne

Thomas George

October 7, 2020

My condolences to Jeff's family. Always enjoyed working with Jeff. May he rest in peace.

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