Wilbur Edward Spreutels, 87, of Koshkonong, Missouri, passed away August 13, 2023, asleep in his home, just the way he wanted to. Wilbur was born February 14, 1936, in Seattle, Washington to Wilbur H. and Helene (Wessel) Spreutels.
Wilbur moved to New York when he was 16 and met The New York State Jersey Queen, Elsie Smith and a marriage of 62 years fell into place. He convinced Elsie to leave the Jerseys and take up dairy farming with Holsteins for the next 30 years.
During this time, they had four children, Ken, Steve, Janet and Eugene. They moved to Koshkonong, Missouri in 1983 and established Spreutels Farm. They raised beef cattle, mostly Red Angus for the last 40 years.
Wilbur loved the orchard, the garden, showing quarter horses and driving his big red tractors. But his priority was his beef cattle. He said many times “Farming isn’t just a job, I enjoy it and it’s my hobby too.”
Wilbur was full of life and had a quick wit with an equally quick, ornery grin that provided us with many laughs over the years. He was a Christian and faithfully attended the Kosh Methodist Church. He was always praying for our country and for rain. He loved his family and friends and will be missed by all.
He is survived by his wife/business partner; three sons Ken, wife Pam and granddaughter Kendra of Hiwasse, Arkansas, Steve, wife Rhonda and grandson Spencer of Koshkonong, Missouri; and Eugene, wife Sandy of Koshkonong, Missouri; one brother Gordon, wife Marie of Bainbridge, New York; one sister Kathy Biglin, husband Denny of Connecticut; honorary granddaughter and farm buddy Mary Lee Simmons and many, many more family members and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter Janet Spreutels; one sister Delores Force.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 18, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at the Kosh Methodist Church in Koshkonong, Missouri. Visitation will be Friday, August 18, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. until time of service.
Interment will be on Friday, August 18, 2023, in Koshkonong Cemetery, Koshkonong, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.