DRESDEN -- John L. Spresser, 72, died Sunday (Feb. 2, 2003) at the Decatur County Hospital in Oberlin.
He was born March 10, 1930, on a farm south of Dresden, to John "Jack" and Katherine (Kamphaus) Spresser. He was raised on the family farm. He attended Green Valley Grade School and graduated from Leoville High School.
On Sept. 12, 1950, he married Erma Jean McCoy in Leoville. They made their home at Dresden where he was a farmer and rancher as well as a licensed cattle buyer.
He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Kansas Livestock Association and National Livestock Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Norman Spresser; and an infant sister, Eleanor Spresser.
Survivors include his wife, Erma Jean Spresser of Dresden; three sons, Mike Spresser and wife, Linda of Selden, Charles Spresser and wife, Terri of Calhoun, Tenn., and John Spresser of Dresden; two daughters, Kathy Brainard of Oberlin and Jeanette and husband, Dave Krizek of Jennings; four brothers, Donald Spresser and wife, Bernadine of Leoville, Harold Spresser and wife, Nadine of Hoxie, Kan., Joe Spresser and wife, Rosalie of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Melvin Spresser and wife, Arlene of Norton.; two sisters, Ramona Overlease of Bazine, Kan., and Carol Jean and husband, Donald Bieker of Hoxie; sister-in-law, Alexine Spresser of Selden; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, 11 a.m., at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Leoville with the Rev. Mathew Vazhappily officiating. Interment will be in the Mount Calvary Cemetery at Leoville.
A vigil service will be today, 7:30 p.m., at Pauls Funeral Home in Selden.
Visitation is today until 9 p.m. and Wednesday from 8-10 a.m. at the funeral home in Selden.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Pauls Funeral Home of Selden is in charge of arrangements.