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Chester William Sponsler

Chester William Sponsler was born to Jess and Dressie (Coats) Sponsler on march 13, 1921 on a farm near Cabool in Texas County, Missouri. He was the youngest of five children. He was escorted to his eternal reward on Sunday, January 10, 2010, after a short illness.

Chester was raised on a farm in Cabool where he graduated from Cabool High School in 1940. After farming, he owned Sponsler’s Cafe and the Western Auto store in Manfield. He moved his family to Springfield in 1953 where he lived until the last two years when he moved to Fair Grove. He retired after a long career as a federal meat inspector in Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield. At the age of 72, he became a realtor, selling condos in the Branson area until 2004.

He was a devout Christian who accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age. He was a former member of Glenstone Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri. For the last 36 years he was a member of First Baptist Church in Springfield, where he was active in his Sunday school class and the ministry for the deaf.

Chester was united in marriage April 5, 1941 to Blanche (Roberts) Sponsor, and to this union two daughters were born. Blanche preceded him in death in 1973.

He then married Vineta (Crass-Hyde) Sponsler in 1974. Vineta preceded him in death in 2005.

Chester was also preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Paul, Earl and Lloyd Sponsler; and one sister, Beulah Sponsler Cox.

For the last four years of his life, he was loved by his best friend and companion, Albert “Bert” Bailey, who lives in Fair Grove. Chester was the last of a family that left a legacy of kindness and compassion to his daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and his many nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his two daughters, Mabel Chestine Sponsler Minshall and husband Bill of Longwood, Florida, and Angela Sponsler Ford of Lampe, Missouri; four grandchildren, Christopher William Minshall and Lanie Ann Minshall Hill and husband Robert of Altamonte Springs, Florida, Kimberly Sue Ford Montgomery of Nixa, Missouri, and Krista Lynn Ford Winter of Springfield; four great-grandchildren, Drake Alan Trease and Jordan Taylor Winter of Nixa, Keegan Erin Winter of Springfield, and Cheyenne Taylor Hill of Altamonte Springs, Florida; a stepson, Terence Nelson Hyde of Port Chester, New York; and a stepdaughter, Pamela Suzon Hyde of Washington, D.C.

Services and burial were Wednesday, January 13, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. at Klingner-Cope Family Funeral Home at Rivermonte, Springfield, with Rev. Michael Overton and Dr. George Miller officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to the Benevolence Ministry, First Baptist Church, 525 South Avenue, Springfield, MO 65806.

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