Loren W. Spoon “Skip”
Loren Spoon- 84 of Chariton passed away on September 24, 2020 at the Westridge Specialty Care Center in Knoxville after a multi-year battle with cancer.
Loren was born August 29, 1936 to Robert L. Spoon and Margaret M. (Mitchell) Spoon in Osceola, Iowa. As a child he moved between Clarke, Black Hawk, Lucas and Wayne Counties. Spending the majority of his youth on his parents’ farm just north of Millerton on Highway 14. He attended Cambria School, graduating in 1956. Shortly after graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry. Serving from 1958 through 1961. Basic training was at Fort Hood, Texas with a two-year overseas tour in Germany. Many memories, stories and long-time friendships were developed during this tour of duty. Many have heard the story of how he met Elvis while over in Germany. This will bring a smile to a lot of peoples’ faces.
Prior to overseas tour, he married Julia A. Singleton on December 19, 1958, Julia joined Skip overseas in Germany and they both talked fondly of their time spent there. To this union one son was born, Randy Spoon in 1961.
Upon discharge from the military Skip worked long side his parents and area farmers. Eventually he left the farming endeavor to hold many other employment opportunities. He worked multiple jobs with Hy- Vee, Rockwell Goss, German Manufacturing, Fielding Funeral Homes and Shivvers Manufacturing. With the longest tenure being with Johnson Machine Works. He was widely known for his handyman skills and willingness to help others in their projects. Always willing to lend a helping hand.
Several summers were spent coaching little league teams. He always found pleasure in coaching young boys of Lucas County. To this day many called him “coach”.
He was known for many stories and the time he would take to tell them. He was always friendly and never seemed to meet a stranger. Many childhood and military friends were a very important part of his life up to his passing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert & Margaret Spoon. Infant sister Rebecca and infant brother Orvil Spoon.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Julia Spoon of Chariton, Son, Randy (Molly) Spoon of Chariton. Sister, Dianna Flickinger of Osceola. Grand son Cody (Molly) Spoon of Gladstone, MO and Granddaughter, Kaylee (Pete) Rios of Independence MO. Great granddaughter, Aria Rios and great grandson, Oliver Spoon. Two uncles, George Spoon and Manual Spoon. Along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Graveside services and interment will be held Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the Sharon Cemetery in Wayne County, IA.
Memorials can be made to either Lucas County Little League Baseball or Lucas County Veterans Memorial Park.
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