Henry W. Spronk was born to William and Minnie (Klap) Spronk at Steen, Minn., on April 14, 1921. When he was eight years old the family moved to Edgerton. He attended District 19 School and later District 39. He graduated 8th grade at Edgerton Christian Elementary School.
He professed his faith at First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton.
On December 14, 1944, he married Henrietta Pater. They farmed near Edgerton until 1952 when they moved to Holland, Minn. In 1963 they moved back to Edgerton and lived on the family farm until retirement in 1988 when they moved into Edgerton.
Hank loved farming and did most of his own mechanical work. After retirement he did repair work on motors, machines, and lawn mowers for friends and neighbors. Hank and Henrietta delivered Meals on Wheels and after her death in 2003 he continued to do so until he was 93. He was blessed with great physical strength and rode his moped around town until he was 94. He was a blood donor and had donated almost 15 gallons in his lifetime.
He was a faithful member of the First Christian Reformed Church and enjoyed the radio broadcast of the services in his later years. After fracturing his hip at age 94 he moved to the Edgerton Care Center where he passed away at the age of 99 years, 1 month, and 19 days.
Hank is lovingly remembered by his four children: Marilyn Smith of Pipestone, Glenda and Norm Van Dyke of Edgerton, Bill and Carol Spronk of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Dave Spronk of Denver, Colo., 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; his in-laws Marinus Landhuis, Sarah Pater and Janice Pater.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Henrietta, a brother, Esderd Spronk, a sister, Roletta Landhuis, his son-in-law, Alger Smith, and his grandson, Jason Smith.
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