Published on -12/3/2012, 10:17 AM
Arlo R. Sporer, 78, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, in Colby.
He was born Aug. 30, 1934, in Seneca, S.D.
He married Laura Hillery Sporer on June 14, 1953, in Russell Springs. He was best known locally as the founder of Sporer Land Development Co. in 1961, retiring from active management in 2001. His passion of the construction business started in 1960 with the purchase of his first backhoe, beginning with soil conservation, evolving into land leveling, which grew into the heavy highway construction business of today.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his boys, nephew Bart and beloved labs, Missie and Star. He was inducted into the Trap Shooters Hall of Fame in 2005. He loved his RV and trips to Arizona every winter for 20 years to trap shoot.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years; two sons, Jay Sporer and wife, Melanie, and Troy Sporer and wife, Lori, all of Oakley; two daughters, Brenda Hubert and husband, Greg, and Tracee Sporer and husband, Jim Davidson, all of Oakley; a brother, Warren, Pierre, S.D.; eight grandchildren, Mark Hubert and wife, Andrea, Oakley, Loralea Wood and husband, Nick, Lawrence, Savanah Sporer, Denver, Abbey Sporer, Kansas City, Kan., Jaymi Sporer, Manhattan, Jantzen Sporer, Lincoln, Neb., and Jackie and Jarrett Sporer, both of Oakley; three great-grandchildren, Jovea Wood, Lawrence, and Maddox and Mackenzie Hubert, both of Oakley; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Rilla Sporer; and a brother, Gerald.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Oakley United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to United Methodist Church, Oakley, or Prairie Senior Living Complex, Colby, in care of Baalmann Mortuary, P.O. Box 204, Oakley, KS 67748.
Condolences can be sent to the family at baalmannmortury.com.