Paul J. Sprunger
Paul J. Sprunger, 83, of Berne passed away on Monday, October 2, 2017 at Swiss Village in Berne. He was born on March 5, 1934 in Adams County to Menno and Mae (Stauffer) Sprunger. He was married on September 22, 1957 in Berne to Marjorie R. Sprunger.
He graduated from Berne French High School in 1952. He served as a mechanic in the Air Guard at Baer Field and was deployed to France from 1961-1962 during the Berlin Wall Crisis of the Cold War. For 32 years he worked with Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, serving as county manager for the Adams County office for 27 years, retiring in 1996. While with Farm Bureau he was a consistent qualifier of Trailblazer awards and placed in the top 10 percent of state sales 11 times. He served on and chaired the Adams County Memorial Hospital Board, served as an EMT for more than 10 years, and volunteered for many bloodmobiles. In retirement, he gave more than 16,000 hours as a family hospice volunteer over 15 years.
He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, where he chaired the Pastor-Parish Committee and volunteered in many other capacities. He was a nature enthusiast and loved to fish, hunt, and birdwatch. He enjoyed playing tennis and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. He was active in the Berne and St. Mary’s Blue Creek Conservation Clubs, serving as president of the Berne Club (which was honored as the top conservation club two years during his presidency). He was also a hunter safety educator for the Indiana Hunter Education Association.
He is survived by a son, Charles “Chuck” (Jacque) Sprunger of Saline, Michigan; two daughters, Sara (Steve) Colter of Fairland; and Jenny (J.D.) Collins of Hartford City; sister, Evelyn Hart of Berne; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife on October 12, 2010; and five brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 8 at Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne and one hour prior to the 2:00 p.m. funeral service on Monday, October 9 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Berne. Burial will be at MRE Cemetery in Berne.
Memorials may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church or the St. Mary’s Blue Creek Conservation Club stmarysbluecreek.com.
Arrangements provided by Yager-Kirchhofer Funeral Home in Berne. Sign the guest book online at www.yagerkirchhofer.com.