Robert Clinton Sprunger, age 91, of Dalton died at his home on November 14, 2020. He was born at home in Benville, south of Dalton, on December 8, 1928, to the late Clinton and Verena (Gerber) Sprunger. He was a graduate of the Dalton High School class of 1946.
On March 12, 1950, Robert married Anna Elizabeth Withrich and they were blessed with 70 years together. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Carmen Sprunger Neuenschwander; son, Wesley Robert Sprunger and brother, George Curtis Sprunger.
Robert is survived by his wife, “Beth”, son Sidney (Carol) Sprunger of Wichita, KS, son-in-law Larry (Bev) Neuenschwander of Dalton, OH; daughter-in-law Krista (Jerry) Sprunger Greene of Simpsonville, SC. Grandchildren Jill (Justin) Ansel of Kalamazoo, MI, Ryan Neuenschwander of Myrtle Beach, SC, Amanda (Justin) Graber of Simpsonville, SC, Clinton (Alison) Sprunger of Wooster, OH. Great grandchildren James Seth and Daisy Jo Ansel; Reid Wesley, Lilah Grace and Paige Collette Graber and Sloane Louise Sprunger. Also surviving are brother Ronald (Linda) Sprunger of Ashland, OH and sister-in-law Miriam Sprunger of Wooster, OH.
He served in the US Army from 1948-1949. By profession he was a truck driver, and in 1981 he received the Governor’s Award of the Month for safely driving 2 million miles.
He was a member of Salem Mennonite Church, Kidron, where he served as church chorister for over 20 years. He was a soloist for the Orrville Messiah Presentation and sang for many weddings and memorial services. He was also noted for his beautiful penmanship, and many people all over the USA told him they kept the envelopes he had addressed. Samples of his penmanship are displayed at the Dalton Community Historical Society and were included in the recently published Kidron’s 200th Keepers of the Heritage bicentennial publication.
There will be private burial at Salem Mennonite Church with a celebration of life service at a later date due to the Covid-19 virus.
Our family would like to thank all for the many expressions of love these past months. We are also deeply grateful for the compassionate care he received from the Hospice staff. Memorial contributions can be made to Ohio Life Care Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691.