Donald was born February 14, 1928 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Donald and Mary (Snow) Sprague and grew up with them in Paw Paw, Michigan. He was affectionately nicknamed “Ike” throughout his early adulthood. Don earned a bachelor of science degree from Western Michigan College and retired a successful award-winning examiner to the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance. He was an Army veteran and a lifetime member of the American Legion. Don went on to meet Ellie whom he married on January 25, 1958, They lived in various towns within distance for Don to commute to work in Madison which included owning and operating the Rustic Knoll resort in Briggsville, WI from 1972 to 1978.
Don was an avid sports fan who rarely missed a football or baseball game unless he was playing in league for golf. He coached and mentored the Dells Highschool golf team and played up to 18 holes of golf, multiple times a week, up through his illness onset September, 2019. He always appreciated and loved the smell and beauty of a manicured course as well as the beloved close-knit community of golf members. They held a golf open (Spraguer Open) every year on his behalf, since he was 84, to celebrate his timeless expressions of joy and happiness while continuing his expert level of play.
Don was a generous soul with a zest for life, a very devoted husband, father, and grandfather who was always and will be forever, loved by those he touched. A very heartfelt thank you to son, Steve, for without his constant care and assisting Don through his daily activities, his time with us was extended.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Mary Snow. He is survived by wife, Ellie Sprague, of Lake Delton. Son, Steven Sprague; daughter Michelle (Shelly) North, John North (son-in-law), grandchildren Dylan and Dalton of Mukwonago, WI.
A memorial outing will be held at Christmas Mountain Golf Resort this summer to commemorate Don, date TBD.
In lieu of flowers, we humbly request donations to P.O. Box 614 Lake Delton, WI 53940 ℅ Donald Sprague to assist the family with medical expenses acquired during his illness.
We would like to thank Agrace Hospice for the wonderful care they gave to Don in his last hours. We are grateful to have had the time to say “See you Later”!