Rev. Don L. Sprague

December 19, 1916 ‒ September 30, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Rev. Don L. Sprague passed quietly into the arms of The One and Only Savior, Saturday morning, September 30, 2017 in the Waterford in Mansfield. He was 100.

He was born December 19, 1916 in Trimble, Ohio to parents Charles & Edna (Nichols) Sprague. He graduated from Waterford High School in Washington County, Ohio. He went onto graduate from Garrett Biblical Institute of Evanston, Ill before becoming licensed as a minister in 1958.

Don working with his wife Rita traveled as a team doing evangelistic work throughout Ohio before pastoring many different churches including United Methodist Charges in Fresno/Baltic/Orange, Ohio; Nevada/Eden Chapel, Ohio; Butler/North Liberty, Ohio; and Coshocton Prairie Chapel/Warsaw, Ohio before retiring in 1982 after which he returned to Butler.

He is survived by his loving wife of 77 years Rita (Welch) Sprague; children Welch (Mary Beth) Sprague of Mount Vernon and Judith (Carl) Gonzalez of Bellville; grandchildren Douglas (Bonnie) Sprague, Beth (Drew) Bialko, Cari (Mike) Davis, Casi (Scott) Sellers; great-grandchildren Allen and Matthew Sprague, Layne and Lyvia Davis, Cole and Caylin Sellers.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by sister Nina Williams and brothers Harold Sprague and Clarence Sprague.

The Sprague family will receive friends Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Three Crosses Church in Butler where a funeral service honoring Don’s life will begin immediately at 1 p.m. Pastor Brandon Keck will speak. Burial will follow in Zion Four Corners Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions in Don’s memory to Three Crosses United Methodist Church or Kindred Hospice may be made at the funeral.

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  • Condolences to the family of Don Sprague. He was such a kind, sweet, caring man who loved people and loved the Lord. It was good getting to know him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • So many memories of Rev. Sprague and Rita when I was a youth at Fresno United Methodist church many years ago. I remember going to his home after MYF on Sunday night to watch Bonanza, because he had a color TV! Condolences to the family, and rest in peace Rev. Sprague. You were a big influence in my young life.

  • We send our prayers and love to Uncle Don’s family and friends at this difficult time. We are fortunate, as part of his family to have shared many good times over the years, and these memories will be cherished forever. God Bless each of you.

  • Friends of The Friendship Class, Ashland First United Methodist Church send our condolences to the family of Rev. Donald Sprague and Rita. We remember you all from the time you spent with our class and a birthday party celebration at Roscoe Village. Thank you all for the opportunity to have been blessed to know Don & Rita.

    Charles & Melody Barnes & the Friendship Class

  • Rita, Welsh & Mary Beth, Judith & Carl & families; Our thoughts and prayers are with you and I know all at Fresno UMC hold many loving memories of Rev. Don. Among those memories is the apple song which holds a special place in our hearts when we remember him. May our condolences and memories bring you peace and joy.

  • To the Sprague Family, On behalf of myself and the church family at Fresno UMC, our sympathy to all the family. I continue to hear people speak with fondness of the days when Rev. Don lovingly and faithfully shepherded this flock. May God’s peace surround you all and his comfort be always present.

  • Don was instrumental in my coming to faith in Christ. I am grateful for his direction and help as I struggled to grow in my faith. Please accept my deepest condolences as we praise God for the gifts Don shared with so many. May you rest in the peace of Christ in the certainty that we will all meet again at Jesus’ feet. Blessings, Rev. Dr. Linda Mack Somerville

  • We were sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. John & Marty Darling

  • Blessings to all the family. When our daughter, Heather, was very young she somehow thought of Rita & Don as grandma and grandpa. We are grateful for the leadership, love and music, music, music through our years at Warsaw United Methodist.

  • Dear Rita and family,
    You have my deepest sympathy and prayers, I know this is not easy but both of you were such a blessing to so many through your life time. When I had child evangelism at your church you were so supportive and I have such wonderful memories of the fellowship together. Even you two coming to my new and and praying a blessing on it for me, was so special. God be with you through this sad time.

  • Rita, Judy and Welch, I am sorry I could not attend Brother Donn’s funeral. My responsibilities at the hospital made it impossible. Kay and I have many fond memories of our time serving the Lord together in Butler. I remember the trip to South America, revival services, singing in a quartet with Donn and Rita, our travels with the youth group.I am certain that there will be a crowd of people waiting to meet our brother at the gate – people who are there in heaven because of Donn’s ministry. Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord.