Dean Spurgeon

{April 3, 1943 - December 3, 2011}

Dean Spurgeon, 68, of Granger died Saturday evening, December 3, 2011 at his home with his family and his beloved dog, Peaches, by his side.

He was born the son of Russell “Bill” and Anna “Annie” (Webster) Spurgeon on April 3, 1943 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Davenport, IA.

Dean married the former Shirley Shannan on April 1, 1962.   She survives.

He attended school at Granger.  After graduation, Dean worked for the railroad and later as a maintenance supervisor at Shellor Globe in Keokuk.   He also farmed for many years.

Dean enjoyed woodworking, bird watching, fishing and fishing tournaments, cooking and playing cards.   He coached Little League as well.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Larry “Danny” Rankin; brothers, Eldon “Bert” Spurgeon and Elton Spurgeon.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley of the home; sons, Rob and wife Carolyn Spurgeon, Chet Spurgeon, and Destery and wife Sabrina Spurgeon, all of Granger; 10 grandchildren, Tebble Stearns, Daniel and Joe Spurgeon, Chastity Lange, Jeanie and Dustin Beames, Sayde and Corbyn Spurgeon, and Corey and Casey Spurgeon; 11 great grandchildren, Madison, Dalton and Hunter Stearns, Tristan and Trinity Beames, Dillon and Dakota Lange, Aurlynn, Drake, and Annelise Spurgeon, and Jemma Rae Beames; a brother, Walter “Wally” Spurgeon of Rockport, MO; a dog, Peaches; a lifelong friend, George Mendenhall of Crawford; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Bain of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Shawn McAfee, pastor of the Peaksville Christian Church, officiating.   Cremation will follow the service with a private committal at a later date.

Visitation is from 12-8 p.m., Tuesday, December 6, at the Gerth Funeral Home in Memphis with the family greeting friends from 6-8 p.m.

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  1. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Spurgeon family.

    Comment by James Aldridge and Family on December 6, 2011 at 2:53 am
  2. Shirley and Family: My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

    Comment by Lesia (Billings) Hunziker on December 6, 2011 at 7:49 pm
  3. Shirley, Rob, Carolyn, & Family,
    So sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one. May knowing others are keeping you in their thoughts and prayers bring you comfort. Can still picture Dean and Shirely cheering on many Wildcat sporting events. Sweet memories will always warm your heart.

    Comment by Tina Bertram Townsend on December 7, 2011 at 4:28 am
  4. Shirley and family: Thinking of you at this difficult time. He will be greatly missed, but always cherish the memories, and always know he will be with you in your heart.

    Comment by Jane (Drillon) Maloney on December 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm

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