Jack P. Spargur

Posted October 24, 2012 at 10:41 am


July 9, 1934 – Oct. 18, 2012

Jack P. Spargur, 78, of Monticello, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids after an extended illness.

Friends called from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello.

A Celebration of Life was held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello.  Rev. Al Polito officiated and burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Monticello.

Jack was born July 9, 1934, in Conrad, Mont., the son of Charles and Hazel (Sturges) Spargur.  He graduated from Belle Plaine (KS) High School with the Class of 1953, where one of his proudest moments was playing on the champion football team who went undefeated for four years.  He enlisted in the US Navy in 1953, and served as an airplane mechanic until his discharge in 1957.  Upon returning to the United States, he married Patricia Barton on Nov. 25, 1959, in Belle Plaine, Kansas.  He began his career with Boeing in 1960, in Wichita, Kans., as an aeronautical mechanic on B-52 Bombers and 747’s.  He continued his career in 1970, earning a position with POLO Plastics in Monticello as the Plant Manager.  He was responsible for the incredible growth of the company until his retirement in 1998.  He also oversaw operations in other locations of MC Industries in Nebraska and Kansas.

In his retirement, he and Pat enjoyed participating in craft shows, making many different wood items and restoring furniture.

Surviving are his wife, Pat; two daughters: Tracy (Max) Miller of Wellman, and Lorie (Gary) Moen Matthes of Cedar Rapids; five grandchildren: Amanda Miller of Iowa City, Rachel Miller of Wellman, Aaron Moen and David Matthes, both of Cedar Rapids and Belinda (Andy) Pillard of Marion; two great-grandchildren: Peyton and Jonathan Pillard; one brother, Eldon of Oklahoma City, Okla., and three sisters; Lillian (Bob) Ray of Colorado Springs, Colo., Phyllis (Curtis) Crawford of Belleville, Kans., Carol (Ronnie) Cushman of Derby, Kans.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and twin daughters, Sharon and Susan.

Information available and condolences accepted at www.kramerfuneral.com