Louis Arthur Spomer

April 17, 1940July 25, 2013
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Louis Art Spomer April 17, 1940 – July 25, 2013 Art Spomer passed away July 25, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital, he was 73. He was a retired Professor Emeritus of Horticulture and Plant Sciences in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before retirement he had nearly 30 years’ experience in agricultural research and teaching and 24 years on the academic faculty at the University of Illinois. He authored more than 80 refereed journal papers and book chapters plus over 150 semi-technical publications. More than 60 published abstracts of presentations to professional societies in addition to numerous invited presentations to various professional and trade societies in the U.S. and Canada. He was elected to the campus Incomplete List of Instructors Rated Excellent by his students on 16 occasions. Art was born on April 17, 1940 in Denver, Colorado from the union of Peter John and Thelma Pauline (Johnson) Spomer. He spent his childhood in Englewood, Colorado and graduated from Englewood High School in 1958. He attended college at the Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, CO, receiving his Masters and Undergraduate Degrees and Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, receiving his Doctorate Degree. He was a Captain in the United States Army and was stationed at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah serving in the Chemical Corps, and was a former resident of Urbana, IL and Ouray, CO. On August 29, 1962 Art married Wilma Elsie (Billie) Price in Montrose, CO, she preceded him in death January 1998 in Urbana. Art enjoyed visiting with friends and family, and spending time at his cabin in Ouray, Colorado. His hobbies included photography, sculpture, carving, bronze casting, hiking and visiting new places. He also had an interest in Colorado history and volunteered for the Ouray Historical Society. Art loved nature, family members remember him saying the outdoors was his sanctuary and he was rarely seen without his camera and a smile. Art leaves behind sons: Ryan Spomer of Tolono, IL and Mark Spomer of Champaign, IL, two brothers; George Guy Spomer of Pullman, WA , William Roy Spomer of Atascadero, CA and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wife Billie and a brother; Peter John Spomer II. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Ouray Historical Society, P. O. Box 151, Ouray, CO 81427 in Art’s name. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM, Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Lake Lenore, Ouray, CO.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the Yankee Boy Conservation Association, PO Box 1448, Ouray, CO 81427 in Art’s name. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Walker Grove at Meadowbrook Park, Windsor Road and Race Street, Urbana, IL 61802. Friends, family and colleagues may leave their condolences at

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  • Memorial Service Sunday, July 28, 2013
  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 3, 2013

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Alicia Altheimer

April 15, 2014

Art was among the best mentors I had in graduate school at U of I . We stayed in contact via email up until 21 days before his death. I am deeply saddened by his passing and I miss him so much. I will miss his words of encouragement, his humor and his beautiful pictures of Colorado and Illinois.

Douglas Hawes

September 18, 2013

Enjoyed being a fellow graduate student with Art during our Cornell days in the mid-60s. Douglas T. Hawes

Debbie Johnson-Sasso

September 2, 2013

I was biking up in Waterton Canyon today. I always remember the story Art told about camping up there in his early years and heard the roar of a mountain lion which kept him up all night. He had such an adventurous spirit. I miss him a lot.

Anne & Berry DeSimone

August 7, 2013

We so much enjoyed the jeep trip with Art in Aug 2011 and will always remember the beautiful pictures that he emailed with his holiday greetings. We will miss his warm and caring spirit as well as his wonderful sense of humor.

Debbie Johnson-Sasso

August 5, 2013

Art was a phenomenal, kind, gentle man with a great sense of humor. He loved to make people smile with his quick wit. Art's love for nature was so evident and he surrounded himself with the beauty of the Colorado Mountains in Ouray. He was a wonderful Uncle to my children, CeCe and William who always looked forward to visiting Uncle Art. I was very fortunate to have such special time toward the end in Grand Junction. His wonderful boys will truly carry on his legacy just as they have carried on their sweet Mother's legacy. I love you brother and will miss you tremendously. Thanks for being a fantastic human being. I know you are in the most beautiful nature surroundings of all. God Bless You on this most precious journey.

Paula Moxley

August 5, 2013

Art was truly special – special teacher, artist, and friend. He had the most amazing stories and always told them with a twinkle in his eye and a mischievous grin. His favorite stories were about his family. After talking with many of Art's friends, I realized that we all have the same feeling – Art made EACH of us feel so very special to him. We're all very lucky to call him our friend. Love you Art.

Laura Spomer

August 3, 2013

Art has been the best uncle God has blessed me with. Our hearts are deeply saddened by his leaving us but Jesus needs him now & we know he's no longer suffering & is with his loving wife, Aunt Billie. I'm so grateful to know that he has touched so many lives...he loved life so much & enjoyed sharing the beauty he found every single day with all of us. He will forever be in our families hearts & never be forgotten....I love you Uncle Art & I will meet you in heaven one day...that's a promise...

Karen Claus

August 2, 2013

I was honored to know Art, and even more honored to call him my friend. I will forever remember his great kindness and loving smile. He was a wonderful man and a great friend. Rest in peace my dear friend.

August 1, 2013

Art was such a special human being in all aspects of life.
He brought joy to all with his quick wit and helped us to enjoy
the wonders of everyday life. His kind and gentle way will be
remembered always.
Myrle Blackburn,Champaign,Il (CBSI)

Tom Fermanian

August 1, 2013

My condolences to Art's family. I am glad I got to know Art and had the opportunity to work with him on a number of projects. He was always very supportive, particularly to graduate students involved in the research. He inspired me to donate blood, but I never approached his donation record. I will miss his unique sense of humor and warm advice greatly.