Ed Sprenger had passion for music
Edwin Sprenger, 84, formerly of Dupree, passed away Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.
Edwin, or Ed as he was known to his friends, was born to Dorothea Schnabel Sprenger and Friedrich Fred Sprenger in Wishek, N.D., on Jan. 22, 1919. He moved to Dupree when his was six.
Ed met his wife, Clara Frankfurth, at a dance and they were married on Dec. 27, 1942. During the war they left the farm to work in the shipyards in Bremerton, Wash., and Tacoma, Wash., as welders. A 1,300-acre farm in Dupree became available and they decided to buy it. Ed and Clara returned to Dupree to farm until moving back to Bremerton in 1956.
Ed’s passion was music. He played accordion, piano and organ and formed a band called “Ed Sprenger and the Ramblers.” Both he and Clara taught their children how to dance and enjoy music as well. Sunday afternoons were a time for teaching how to harmonize, figure out new dance steps and enjoy each other as a family.
His family will miss his steady hand and wise advice. He was a fan of good jokes and stories.
Ed worked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (PSNS) as a welder instructor and was president of Welder Union Local 48 for 10 years, where he had a hand in increasing membership dramatically.
Ed leaves four children, Eileen Harnett, Joyce (Douglas) Chandler, Lyle (Barbara) Sprenger and Allen (Debbie) Sprenger; grandchildren, Hiedi (Scott) Harnett-Wakefield, Brooke (Jameson) Harnett-Acuff, Jason Taylor, Melissa (Chris) Chandler Majia, Christopher (Lindsey) Chandler, Darin Olsen, Danny (Jody) Mullen, Jennifer Johnson, Stacy (Tim) Trevino, Tammi (Bill) Beam, Mikki (Tyler) Tolar and Mindi (Joe) Taylor; 20 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and his dear friend, companion and caregiver, Carol Goodwin.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Clara; daughter, Connie Taylor; son-in-law, John Harnett; and grandson, John A. Harnett, Jr.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Peace Lutheran Church in Bremerton. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Bremerton Food Bank.