Rev. Donald A. Sprague

Rev. Donald A. Sprague, 80, of Kansas City, Kan., went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. He was born on Sept. 18, 1934, in New Bedford, Mass., the oldest of eight children of William and Esther (Spencer) Sprague.

Rev. Donald A. Sprague

He moved to Quincy, Ill., at a young age and graduated from Quincy High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and served in the 25th Infantry Division, with duty stations in Kansas, Maryland and Korea. On Dec. 11, 1953, Rev. Sprague married his high school sweetheart, Lois Jane Nixon.

He accepted his calling into the ministry in 1968, and served as interim pastor at several churches in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa. In 1970, he was ordained by the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Quincy, Ill., to accept his first full-time pastorate at the Eighth and Center Streets Baptist Church in Hannibal, Mo.

In 1974, Rev. Sprague became pastor of the First Missionary Baptist Church in Leavenworth, where he served for 34 years. His wife, Lois, co-pastored along with him during the later years of his ministry. The couple mentored and licensed countless civilian and military ministers. He was requested to preach and instruct at military installations throughout the United States and Germany.

Rev. Sprague earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from St. Mary University in Leavenworth, and a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Lael College and Graduate School in St. Louis, Mo.

In addition to pastoring, Rev. Sprague worked full-time as a vocational counselor for the State of Kansas, and retired in 1998. His community involvement included prison ministry and he served as a volunteer police chaplain for the City of Leavenworth.

In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and watching classic westerns.

His pride and joy were his three daughters: Karen Reneé Sprague Crider, Karry Richardson and Dawn Ewing.

He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish his memory, his wife of 62 years, Lois Jane Sprague of Kansas City, Kan.; two daughters, Karry (Cedric) Richardson of Hannibal, Mo., and Dawn Ewing of Leavenworth; five siblings, Betty (Luther) Rollins, Robert (Viola) Sprague, Kent (Gracie) Sprague, Janice Kaye Wigfall and Marvin (Katherine) Sprague; five grandchildren, Angel (Jon) Gullion, Raefeal Eric Crider, Jr., William Ewing, Jr., Joel (Stephanie) Richardson and Allison Ewing; seven great-grandchildren, Precious Gullion, Taleigha Crider, Araeyah Crider, Kaedon Crider, Ava Richardson, William Ewing, III and Anthony Ewing. He also leaves behind a loving host of nieces, nephews and other family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Karen Reneé Sprague Crider; a grandson, Trooper Jon Gullion; two brothers, Charles and William Sprague; and a sister, Gene Bailey.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, at Independent Baptist Church. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, at the church. Burial with military honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery.