Robert “Bob” Sprunger, 93, died July 21, 2021. Mr. Sprunger was a longtime resident of Riverside, with his family moving to the village in March 1964. He loved gardening and riding his bike around Riverside until he was 89. He was proud of his home, yard and town.
Mr. Sprunger was born in Decatur on Sept. 14, 1927. He attended Decatur High School and University of Illinois, where he graduated in 1949 with a B.S. in electrical engineering.
He was employed at the Brush Development Company in Cleveland as an acoustical technician testing microphones for early model hearing aids before being drafted into the Armed Forces in 1951.
During the Korean War he spent time at the Signal Corps laboratory in Monmouth, New Jersey. After being discharged in 1953 he began his career at Motorola Inc.
Mr. Sprunger is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years (July 1, 1961), Carol (nee Jelinek); his daughter, Susan (William) Strohl; his son, Robert Jr.; his grandsons, Robert Sprunger III, William Strohl III, David Strohl, Asa Sprunger (fiancé Emily Zugay) and Michael Strohl; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Asa and Mabel Sprunger; his brother, James; and his sister, Madeline.
Mr. Sprunger donated his body to the Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois. A private service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Riverside Presbyterian Church, The Salvation Army or a charity of your choice.