George C. Sprague
MORRIS — George C. Sprague, 91, resident of Morris and formerly of Rockdale, passed away surrounded by family on Feb. 13, 2013, at the New York State Veterans Home in Oxford.
George was born and raised in Norwich, son of Gleyn and Ethel (Barnes) Sprague. He graduated from Norwich High School in 1938.
He entered the United States Army in 1942, during World War II, serving for a period of time in Italy. At the end of his commitment to the Army, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1947, with the rank of sergeant.
He continued his service to his country as a member of the Civil Air Patrol where he eventually obtained a pilot’s license and enjoyed flying over upstate New York.
Active in the American Legion for years, he once served as commander of the Charles M. Townsend Post 1143, Mount Upton. He was a member of Borden Hose Company of the Mount Upton Fire Department for many years.
He was employed by Amphenol (formerly Bendix) in Sidney. He retired from the company after more than 40 years. Upon retirement he spent a number of years living in Florida.
He married Pauline Harner, who predeceased him in 1989. He later married Eloise Church, who predeceased him in 1997.
He is survived by three children, Linda Grazul, California, Carol (Bob) Thomas, Morris and Wayne Sprague, Rockdale; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a grandson, Steven Grazul.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Johnston Funeral Home, Morris.
Burial will take place in Maplewood Cemetery, Mount Upton, at the convenience of the family.
Donations may be made in memory of George C. Sprague to the Mount Upton Fire Department, 1698 State Highway 8, Mount Upton, NY 13809.
Expressions of sympathy may be made online by visiting www.johnstonfh.com.