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Obituaries

Gerald Edward Spires

1924-2013

PRINCETON – Gerald Edward Spires, 88, of Princeton, passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013, at LaSalle Veterans Home. 

He was born Sept. 21, 1924, in Ramsey, to Thomas and Elsie (Cliffton) Spires. He served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946. He was stationed in the Pacific theater and was a boatswain. He farmed near the Ashton and Franklin Grove area for most of his life. He married Gertie Moreland on Nov. 2, 1946, in Decatur. He was a member of Christ Community Church in Princeton. He was a former member and deacon of the Baptist church in Amboy, where he also was secretary/treasurer of the Sunday school program. Gerald also sang in the Spires Family Quartet.

Gerald is survived by his wife of 66 years, Gertie Spires of Princeton. Also surviving is one son, Gerald (Tana) Spires Jr. of Rochelle. Surviving as well are three grandchildren, Heather (Jeff) Jasper, Ryan (Sarah) Spires, and Shane (Amy) Stark; five great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandsons; and one step-great-great-grandson. Also surviving is one sister, Pearl Tadys of Buffalo, N.Y. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Carolyn Diane Stark in 2008; two brothers; and four sisters. 

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Christ Community Church, with Brian Strom and the Rev. Frank Brozenec officiating. Burial will be at Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 125.

Memorials may be directed to Christ Community Church or LaSalle Veterans Home.

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