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Official Obituary of

Gywin "JOE" Sponsler

June 2, 1938 ~ February 6, 2024 (age 85) 85 Years Old

Gywin "JOE" Sponsler Obituary

Gywin "Joe" Sponsler, a beloved friend to many, passed away on February 6, 2024, in Beebe, Arkansas. Born on June 2, 1938, in Springfield, Illinois, Joe lived a life rich in experiences and touched the hearts of those around him.


He was preceded in death by his parents, James J. and Eunice (Culler) Sponsler, as well as his siblings Wilma Jean "Jeanie" Hamatani, Dwan Sponsler, Twain Sponsler, and Delano Sponsler. He is survived by his brother, James (Mary Lou) Sponsler, and nieces Shiryl (Albert) Stevens, Sheila (Jim) Woodrum, Julie Sponsler (Ty Talbot), Jana (Sponsler) Summers, and their families; as well as Tonya Morris-Via, Dino Via, Benjamin Morris, Pete Morris, Brenda and Randy Damm, and their families who were all dear to his heart.


Joe spent the majority of his life in Petersburg, Illinois, where he graduated from Petersburg High School in 1956. He pursued his passion for auctioneering, graduating from Reppert Auction School in Auburn, Indiana. Throughout his life, Joe remained active in his profession, often generously donating his time for benefit auctions.


His service to his country was marked by his time in the 83rd Engineer Battalion of the Army and later, following an honorable discharge, as Deputy Sheriff of Menard County. Joe's dedication to public service reflected his commitment to his community and his fellow citizens.


In addition to his professional pursuits, Joe had a deep love for animals, gardening, and canning. He found joy in crafting furniture, watching professional bull-riding programs, and collecting antiques, with a particular fondness for blue glass and ceramics. His affection for the color blue was evident in his surroundings, where he enveloped himself in its calming hues.


In his final years, Joe found solace and companionship with Tonya, Dino and their family, who cared for him with unwavering devotion. Together, they shared moments of laughter, played games, tended to farm animals, and embraced the art of canning, a skill Joe was eager to pass on to others.


Gywin "Joe" Sponsler will be remembered for his kind heart and his passion for life's simple pleasures. He leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter that will continue in the memories of those who were fortunate enough to have known him. Funeral Services will be held at Ellinger-Kunz & Park Funeral Home in Springfield, Illinois on February 26 at 11:00 a.m. Following the burial at Calvary Cemetery (Springfield), a potluck celebration will be held in Petersburg. Attendees are asked to be casually-dressed in blue or denim in memory of Joe. Online condolences may be shared at

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February 26, 2024

11:00 AM to 11:45 AM
Ellinger-Kunz & Park Funeral Home & Cremation Service
530 North Fifth Street
Springfield, IL 62702


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