Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Former Dorchester Area Resident John Springer Passes

The Albany (Oregon) newspaper reports that John David Springer, a former resident of the Dorchester area, passed away Saturday.  Springer was born Nov. 7, 1926, on a farm north of Milford, Nebraska, to Jake and Lillie (Stauffer) Springer. He went to his heavenly home after a short battle with cancer on Jan. 2, 2016.

John attended a country school as a boy and later graduated with the class of 1944 from Milford High School. He accepted Christ as his personal savior and was baptized at East Fairview Mennonite Church. John was united in marriage to Margie Kremer on March 2, 1947, and they made their home on a farm in rural Dorchester, Nebraska, where he enjoyed farming and running a small dairy for a number of years. John had a gift to fix anything that was broken.

In 1979 John and Margie headed west and made a new home in Lebanon. While in Oregon, John was employed at Farwest Farmers Seed Company and later Servco Plumbing, Heating and Cooling. In his retirement years he loved working for Howard Ropp operating a harvester and harvesting pumpkins.

Survivors include his wife, Margie; children and spouses Randy and Donna Springer of Lebanon, Cindy and Ken Richins of Keizer, Tim and Jeanie Springer of Dorchester, Nebraska, Rhonda and Don Bayne of Albany, and Lisa and Les Morton of Albany; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren with the 11th due soon.

John was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Larry and Robert.

At the time of his death he was a member of Fusion Faith Center in Albany.

John donated his body to Western University of Health Sciences for teaching and scientific research.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Fusion Faith Center, 241 First St. W., Albany.

Memorials have been established by the family for Water-4-Haiti Ministries.

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