David Lee ‘Dave’ Sprecher
Feb. 1, 1938 — Feb. 3, 2016
David Lee “Dave” Sprecher of Waukesha went to be with his Lord, in his daughter’s arms, on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. He was born on Feb. 1, 1938, in Milwaukee, the son of Stanley and Evelyn (Anderson) Sprecher.
He and his father owned a dairy farm. They named it High Acres, which most know now as Pebble Valley. They also built the house that his parents lived in on the farm. Dave graduated from Waukesha High School, received his bachelor’s degree in teaching from UW-Whitewater and went on to teach science at Washington High School and Pulaski High School. He saw a curricular need for kids that were struggling and was visionary enough to develop and implement a semi-truck driving course to be used at Pulaski High School. His delight was when students returned employed, pulling up to school in their rigs. Dave and his son enjoyed fixing small engines after work and in the summer. Later in retirement, he continued running a small machinery repair business with a dear friend and his dear grandson. Dave was very active in his church as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. In his semi-retirement, he served with the Gideon’s Jail Ministry alongside his son-in-law.
Dave leaves an unfillable hole and will be proudly cherished by his children, Shelly (Mike) Rynearson of Oconomowoc and Mike (Barb) Sprecher of Waukesha; his grandchildren, Sarah (Matthew) Carl of Burnsville, Minn., and Jonathan (Nicole) Sprecher of Waukesha; his sister, Sally Jackson of Illinois; and Jim and Donna Nowak, his brother-in-law and sister- in-law, who visited daily providing loving faithful friendship. He is further survived by his dear nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends who prayed him through his challenging final years.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Sharon (nee Koeppen), of 52 years.
Per Dave’s wishes, there will be a private interment. Dave will be buried at Prairie Home Cemetery, Waukesha.
Memorials, if desired, are appreciated to Bearing Precious Seed, Milwaukee Rescue Mission or Gideon’s International.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home is honored to serve the family. For the online obituary or more information, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com or call the funeral home at 262-542-6609.