John Charles Sprague, 85, of Stevensville, MI passed away January 19, 2021 at Watervliet Hospital in Watervliet, MI. He was born on February 28, 1935 in Chicago, IL and adopted by Reid and Sara (Hawkins) Sprague of Benton Harbor, MI. John was a 1953 graduate of Benton Harbor High School and married Ruby Friedenberg the same year. He inspired to become a firefighter while living next to the Southside Fire Station. John realized his dream becoming a volunteer firefighter for Benton Township and soon thereafter the City of Benton Harbor, 1959-1984, achieving the rank of Captain. He loved fishing in Lake Michigan, going to music venues, playing his guitars and was a huge sports fan following professional teams, college teams including the University of Michigan and local teams like the Lakeshore Lancers. John was a member of the Stevensville United Methodist Church and always willing to help others.
John is survived by his daughter, Linda Sprague of Stevensville; his “love” Pat Steenbergh; two nieces and a nephew. He was preceded by his parents and brother, Reid Sprague, Jr..
A memorial service will take place at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Purely Cremations – Starks Family Funeral Homes and Cremation Services 926-9440. For those who wish to leave a condolence on-line may do so at www.purelycremations.org. Donations may be made in John’s name to the Stevensville Methodist Church or The Human Society of Southwestern Michigan.Print Obituary & Condolences