Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review 21 Dec 1971 p 1
COVINGTON — Roscoe W. Sprague, 74, former mayor of Covington and a retail merchant in the community for 41 years, died Monday morning at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Danville, Ill. He had been a patient there four days and in failing health the past 18 months. He had been seriously ill one month. Mr. Sprague had been mayor of Covington from 1948 through 1951. He had been a resident of the community since 1930 and a merchant for the past 10 to 12 years he had operated the Sprague Department Store. He was a former resident of Elkhart and Rensselaer. Mr. Sprague was a member of the Covington United Methodist Church and a 50-year member of the IOOF, Rensselaer Camp 201. He was a 25-year member of Fountain Lodge 60, F and AM; the York Rite at Crawfordsville, and the Gao Grotto at Danville, Ill. He was also a member of the Indiana Farm Bureau. Born Dec. 8, 1897, at Columbus, Ind., he was a son of John W. and Elizabeth Cain Sprague. He was married Sept. 28, 1918, to Dicie Freeman. The widow survives. Also surviving are two sons, Zane Sprague of San Diego, brother, Talmud Sprague of Covington; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and a brother, Talmud Sprague of Edinburg, Ind. He was preceded in death by a brother. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bodine & Shelby Funeral Home in Covington. Rev. Robert H. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Covington's Mt. Hope Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home. Masonic services will be conducted at the funeral home at 8 tonight. --typed by Walt W
Source: The obituary is from a collection of newspaper (paper names not recorded) obituaries saved, by Fauniel Hershberger, during the 1950's, 60's, 70's and 80's. She was a life long resident of Fountain County Indiana. The collection is now housed at Crawfordsville District Public Library.
Roscoe William Sprague, 74, of 804 Liberty, Covington, Ind., a prominent businessman and owner of the Sprague Department Store since 1930, died at 2:20 a.m. Monday (Dec. 20, 1971) at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Danville. He had been a patient four days and had been ill 18 months. Born Dec. 8, 1897, in Columbus, Ind., he was the son of John W. and Elizabeth Cain Sprague. He was married Sept. 28, 1918, to Dicie Freeman, who survives. Mr. Sprague formerly resided in Elkhart and Rensselear. He served as mayor of Covington from 1948 to 1951. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of IOOF Rensselaer Camp 201, a 25-year member of Fountain Masonic Lodge 60, a member of the York Rite at Crawfordsville, Gao Grotto at Danville and Indiana Farm Bureau. Other survivors include two sons, Zane of San Diego, Calif., and Keith of Covington; a brother, Talmud of Edenburg, Ind.; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by a brother. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Bodine & Shelby Funeral Horne. The Rev. Robert H. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. The body is at the funeral home. Friends will be received after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Masonic rites will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. --typed by Walt W