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John and Edus (Paine) Spanjer, Bryant and Haxtun
John is buried in Haxtun
Haxtun Herald, Haxtun, Colorado, May 12, 1988
JOHN SPANJER LAID TO REST
Funeral services were held for John Spanjer Wednesday, May 11, 1988 at the Haxtun United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Davis officiating and burial following in the Haxtun Cemetery. John passed away Friday, May 6 at Logan County Hospital, Sterling at the age of 92.
John Spanjer was born in Adams County, Nebraska on September 9, 1895, the son of Menne and Elsaba Miller Spanjer. He attended school at Burr, Nebraska.
He started farming as a young man in Nebraska. Later he came to Yuma County, Colorado in 1919 and worked for a while before returning to Nebraska. On December 25, 1919 he married Edus E. Paine at Cook, Nebraska. They moved to a farm north of Yuma, in 1923. In 1936 they returned to Cook, where they made their home until 1938 when they moved to Haxtun. They operated a grocery store for a period of time.
Edus died in 1965. On June 7, 1966, John married Dorothy G. (Potter) Riley, Haxtun at Hugo, Colorado. They made their home in Haxtun where Dorothy continued to teach Vocational Home Economics until her retirement in 1972. Dorothy passed away February 13, 1986. John continued to make his home in Haxtun until March of 1987 when he moved to the High Plains Manor in Yuma.
John had been an active member of the Haxtun Senior Citizens and also helped with the Meals-on-Wheels program. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed raising flowers. He was a member of the United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his stepdaughter Mrs. Elmer (Ramona) Jernberg, Yuma; stepson Fred Riley and wife Marilee, Holyoke; four sisters: Emma Weibke and Anna George, both of Cook, Nebraska; Lena Bliefernich, Sterling, Nebraska; Grace Wittstock, Seward, Nebraska; sister-in-law Mary Spanjer, Cook, Nebraska; brother-in-law Ray Roesener, Cook, Nebraska; grandchildren: Shirley Wiebers and husband Gale, Yuma; Betty Jo Searcy and husband Derek, Brush; Keith Jernberg, Yuma; step grandchildren Scot Riley and Beth Riley, Holyoke; five great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Edus; wife, Dorothy; brothers Ben and Allen; and sisters Frieda Roesener and Mary Spanjer.
2015 - Chelsea and Luke Clouse of Sterling are parents of a girl, Adaline Rhea Louise Clouse, born Aug. 24, 2015, weighing 7 lbs. 12 oz. and measuring 21 inches long. Grandparents are Sonya Contreras of Sterling, Keith and Pat Jernberg of La Junta, and Tom and Codi Cass of Sterling. Great-grandparents are Ramona Jernberg, Laura Mae Chartier, Virginia Cass, and Janet and Don Nab. Welcoming Adaline home were her siblings, Elaura and Jadelynn.
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