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George D. Spraggins

May 14, 1928 — May 18, 2022

George D. Spraggins

George David Spraggins, 94, of Bucyrus, died May 18, 2022 at his residence after a sudden decline in health.

George was born May 14, 1928 to the late Victor and Sylvia (Baker) Spraggins in Richmond, Indiana. During the winters, his father would take the family to Texas. After many visits, George decided to finish his high school years at Harlingen High School in Harlingen, Texas while staying with family friends. George also joined his school’s basketball team.

He graduated from Harlingen High School before joining the Army Air Corps, which later became the Air Force. George would serve for three years and move to Richmond where he met the love of his life, Eloise Miller. The two moved to Orlando, Florida where he would be stationed during his second time serving in the Air Force. They married on August 22, 1951 before moving back to Richmond. She preceded him in death on July 17, 2005 after 54 years together. When George began working at G&G Homes, becoming the Vice President at an early age, George and Eloise moved to Marion, Ohio. In 1963, the family moved to Bucyrus and George would start his company, Spraggins Builders. He would go on to build 250 homes before retiring. George’s retirement didn’t last long as he decided to work at Rindfuss Realty selling houses. Then he went on to work at Walston Motors selling cars before retiring for good.

After Eloise passed, George reconnected with his previous high school girlfriend, Ila (Datzman) Johnson, who was also grieving a late spouse. The two would keep in contact and travel to visit each other. They got married in 2006 and lived together in Waco, Texas. George and Ila shared many years together before Ila’s passing in 2020. George’s last move was back to Bucyrus to be closer to family.

George was a member of the American Legion Post 181 and attended Bucyrus Church of the Nazarene. He was a Mason and Shriner. He loved spending time with his family, especially when going out to breakfast was involved. George’s favorite breakfast spot was the American Legion. George also enjoyed golfing and working the refreshment carts at the golf scrambles. He had an interest in cars and liked to watch football. He was a huge Buckeyes fan and avid supporter of Baylor’s Girls basketball team. He was a caring, good-hearted man that everyone liked. George’s number one fan was his furry companion, Woody. George’s lap was the only one he would lay on and Woody would always stay by his side.

George is survived by his daughter, Alison (Jerry) Allonas; grandchildren, Joshua Eastmann, Johnathan Eastmann, Abbott (Jules) Kendall, and Trey Allonas; step-grandchildren, Sherry (Pepper) Stevens and Kara (Shawn) Houchin; great grandchildren, Adrianna Johnson, Layla Nauman, Jackson Nauman, Emmerson Nauman, Dylan Baker, and Hadleigh; step-great grandchildren, Damien (Brianna) Workman and Kaleb Workman; step-great great grandchild Knox Workman; and special, furry friend Woody.

In addition to Eloise and Ila, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Stephenie Eastmann; grandson, J.D. Nauman; sister, Helen Hayes; brother, Ray Spraggins; sister-in-law, Patricia Coffin; and brother-in-law, Dan Hayes.

The family will be respecting George’s wishes for no public services. Memorial contributions can be made payable to the Bucyrus Church of the Nazarene and sent to Wise Funeral Service. Memories and photos can be shared on George’s tribute wall.

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