Richard Loyl Sprague was born August 17, 1926 in Dewey, OK.
He served in the U.S. Navy in WWII aboard the USS Indianapolis.
He married Margaret (Margie) Mary Mahoney on October 26, 1946 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport, IA. Together, they had five children.
Richard founded a contracting business, and built homes, apartments, and other building space all over the Quad Cities. He was a skilled carpenter, plasterer and woodworker. He and Margie were talented, self-taught watercolor and sketch artists. He also loved fishing, hunting and gardening and became an excellent cook, often making more than needed to share with others.
Richard loved people and fellowship. His faith and steadfast belief in God was the cornerstone of his life. He was a songleader, choir member, preacher, camp counselor, and Sunday School teacher.
He was full of amazing stories from his life and had a propensity for storytelling. He spent his
last few years sharing the fascinating circumstances that landed him aboard the USS
Indianapolis and was humbled to take the Honor Flight to Washington DC where he and other
soldiers were commended for their service.
When Margie was diagnosed with dementia, he cared for her in their home until she was moved to memory care, where he visited regularly, bringing her flowers and singing to her. His love and devotion to her grew every single day they were apart.
Richard was peacefully called home to God on July 25th, 2019. He was honorably laid to rest at the National Cemetary on Rock Island Arsenal Island Monday, July 30, 2019. Richard was
fiercely loved as a husband, father, brother, grandfather (great and great-great), friend,
neighbor, church member
He was preceded in death by parents: Ernest and Vinnie (Brown) Sprague. Siblings: T.C., E.J., Wesley, and Doyle Sprague. Son: West David.
He is survived by his wife: Margie. Sister: Noni (Sprague) Palmer. Children: Richard “Mike”
(Donna) Sprague, Linda (Steve) Flatt, Tim (Rhonda) Sprague, Brad (Crystal) Sprague, 16
Grandchildren, 20 Great-Grandchildren, and 5 Great-Great-Grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First United Methodist Church of Geneseo.