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Robert L. Sponsler Sr. 1934-2019

JOHNSTON — Robert L. Sponsler Sr., 84, passed away at his home on Saturday, Aug.10, 2019.

Robert was born Nov. 9, 1934, in Reedsville, W.Va., to Hudson and Martha Good Sponsler.

On Oct. 17, 1955, Robert united in marriage to the former Shirley Hamrick, who survives.

Robert spent his career working assembly for General Motors before his retirement.

A true outdoorsman, Robert was routinely found in his gardens, on the lake fishing and in the woods hunting. He also enjoyed woodworking, and turning unfinished chunks of trees into beautiful wooden items. His outgoing and talkative personality lent him to make friends wherever he went. However, Robert will be remembered most as a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.

Besides his wife of 63 years, Robert is survived by his children, Robin (Paul) Wells, Robert Sponsler Jr., Cynthia Smith, Martha Severt and Nick Sponsler; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; his brother, Virgil Tate; and his sister, Gloria Tate; as well as many other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Retha Okernick; his brother, Hudson Sponsler; his sisters, Glarea Clary and Violet Chips; and his parents.

Cremation has taken place and there will be no formal services.

Please visit www.lanefuneralhomes.com to leave condolences for the family. Arrangements were handled by Lane Funeral Homes, Shafer-Winans Chapel.

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