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WASHINGTON - Melford D. Spurgeon, 89, owner of Sunnyland Cabinet in Sunnyland, IL, died Saturday, August 12, 2023 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Born June 5, 1934, in Stiles, Iowa to Howard and Erma Spurgeon, he married Carrie Borton, October 28, 1956. They were married for many years and remained lifelong friends. He is survived by their children, Melanie Spurgeon of Hot Springs Village, AR, Randy Spurgeon (Loy) of Peoria, IL, Lori Robbins (Todd) of Conway, AR, Michael Spurgeon (Jackie) of Hamilton Ontario, Canada, and Cheryl Wabel (Dean) of Speer, IL; grandsons, Tyler White (Morgan), Kyle Robbins (Christina), Trevor White (Lisa), and Troy Robbins (Adrienne); and great-grandchildren, Ava and Makenzie Robbins (Kyle), Hunter and Layla White (Tyler), and Eira White (Trevor). He is also survived by one older brother, Olen Spurgeon (Barbara deceased) of Washington, IL. He was preceded in death by his brother, Larry Spurgeon (Joyce) of Washington, IL.
Mel was a graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, IL. Mel was very proud of his service in the Seabees Branch of the Navy for 16 years, rising to the rank of Chief Petty Officer and excelling in winning fast pitch softball championships as well as playing basketball while there. As a result of his father, Howard Spurgeon owning and developing Washington Estates in Washington, IL, Mel worked in construction all his life with Spurgeon Construction and Sunnyland Cabinet. Mel also had his pilot’s license and was fond of flying.
Beloved by his family and friends, he loved life and especially cherished family time with his beautiful family and wonderful kids at the cabin in the Lake of the Ozarks. Mel was always there to support and guide his family. His wisdom, sense of humor, and his ability to always figure out a solution will be missed by his family. Mel had a special relationship with Sharon Tebbe of St. Charles, Mo for many years and enjoyed spending time soaking up nature and wildlife at a cabin in Red Rock, AR.
Memorial Contributions may be given to Illinois Valley Fuller Center for Housing, 1716 N. University St, Peoria, IL 61604.
Cremation has been accorded by the Cremation Society of Mid-Illinois, Co. in Pekin, IL.
A Celebration of Life is planned in the future.
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