Clinton “Bud” H. Sprague

Clinton “Bud” H. Sprague
Clinton “Bud” H. Sprague

BITELY — Clinton “Bud” H. Sprague, 81, of Bitely, formerly of Saranac, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2016.

He was born in Ionia on Oct. 15, 1934, to Clinton and Julia (Anderson) Sprague. He lived his life in the Saranac area where he married the love of his life, Lois Raimer, on Feb. 19, 1954. He retired from the Michigan Reformatory in Ionia, worked for the Ionia County Sheriff’s Department and also proudly served our country as a member of the U.S. National Guard. Bud enjoyed hunting, trout fishing, as well as fishing on Bitely Lake where he lived. Bud mostly enjoyed spending time with his family and helping others. He loved his John Deere and volunteered his time mowing lawns for people who weren’t able. Bud was a member of the Bitely Boys, Saranac JC’s, was a life member of the Masonic Lodge as well as the AMVETS Post No. 1988 in Baldwin. He will be greatly missed by many.

Bud is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lois; his daughter, Christine (Robert) Parks, and son, Brian (Dawn) Sprague, both of Saranac; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; his sister, Carol (Robert) Hook, of Gaylord; his brother, Edwin (Karen) Sprague, of Ionia; and his black lab, Josh.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Robert Sprague; his son, Steven Sprague; and his great-grandson, Steven.

Services for Bud will take place in Bitely and Saranac as follows: at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Bitely Community Church, 10781 N. Bingham Ave., Bitely, MI 49309, with Pastor Kenneth Lyon, Jr. officiating, and at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2016, at Galilee Baptist Church 291 Orchard St. Saranac, MI 48881, with Pastor James Frank officiating. There will be a luncheon/fellowship hour immediately following both services.

Those wishing to make a donation in Bud’s name may do so to the Bitely Boys Rider’s Club at 10722 N. Bingham Ave., Bitely, MI 49309 or Hospice of Michigan. Arrangements entrusted to Verdun Funeral Home in Baldwin.