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Glen Melvin Von Sprecken
September 4, 1926–August 31, 2013
Glen M. Von Sprecken, 86 of Maquoketa, Iowa, died on Saturday, August 31, 2013, at his home in Maquoketa.
A celebration of Glen's life was held at 11:30 A.M., September 5, 2013, at the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. Visitation was held prior to the service from 10 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at the church. Burial was at the Miles, Iowa Cemetery. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa cared for the family.
Glen Melvin Von Sprecken was born on September 4, 1926 in Anamosa, Iowa, to Fred and Ella (Petersen) Von Sprecken. He attended school in the Wyoming area and was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Wyoming. He married Ramona Werner on March 19, 1950 in Sabula.
Glen and Ramona farmed in Jones County for two years and twenty-seven years in Jackson County. In 1979, they moved to Maquoketa and Glen worked in the maintenance department at the Jackson County Public Hospital until he retired. He and Ramona owned a Christian bookstore from 1979 to 2002.
Glen was an active member of the First Lutheran Church where he had taught Sunday School and was a lay minister with the Stephen Ministries. He had held worship services at area nursing homes for many years. Additionally, he was involved in the Gideon Association and had served as past President and Treasurer of the Maquoketa/DeWitt chapter. Glen and Ramona had received the Heart of Gold Recognition Award through First Lutheran Church.
Glen was a great Christian Father and loved to be with his family. He liked fishing, fixing things that needed repair, playing cards and gardening, as well as taking family trips to visit the children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed being a part of the children's lives in foster care and the little children that Glen and Ramona did childcare for.
Those left to honor Glen's memory include his wife, Ramona Von Sprecken of Maquoketa; children, Shirley (Mike) Massey of Crawfordsville, Paul Von Sprecken of Maquoketa, and Kris (Paul) Franzen of West Linn, Oregon; seven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren; a brother, Ervin Von Sprecken of McGregor; and a sister-in-law, Lucile Von Sprecken of Wyoming. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Dale, a brother LaVerne, two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 6 September 2013

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