Frank “Joy” Spooner, 98, a long time resident of Kellogg, MN, died peacefully in his sleep July 3, 2019 at his home in Arizona. He was born June 2, 1921 in Nelson, WI, to Frank and Marie (Schurhammer) Spooner. He graduated from Nelson High School in 1938 and then attended Ag School at the University of WI in Madison for a year. He moved back to MN in 1939 and farmed with his father in the Dumfries area for a few years. He married Leona Tentis at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Kellogg January 23, 1943. Leona died Dec. 27, 2004. After they married, they continued farming in Dumfries for another year and in 1944, he served the U.S. Army for two years. He was stationed in Japan for the last year of his service during the cleanup operations after WWII ended. After his discharge in 1946, they farmed in Cooks Valley, rural Kellogg, until he retired in the late 1990’s.
Joy was a life member of the Burkhardt-Roemer VFW Post 4086 and a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church. He loved music and dancing. He also enjoyed visiting with the nursing home and assisted living residents until he became one himself in 2010. He loved his dog, Tippy, who was quite a companion to him after his wife died. He enjoyed his grandkids, especially when he could take them for a treat to Dairy Queen. He was able to take the Honor Flight to Washington DC in October, 2009, which he thoroughly enjoyed. The reception to welcome them home at the Rochester airport with the bands and crowds of people was a moving experience. He spent his last years in Arizona to be near his daughter and his dog.
Joy is survived by his daughter, Nancy (Alan) Pinsonneault, Sun Lakes, AZ; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona; parents, Frank and Marie; son and daughter-in-law, Avery and Beverly (Twait) Spooner; three sisters, Frances (Donald) Karau, Margaret (Lester “Bucky”) Harris, and Dorothy (Russell) McDonough; two nieces, Dianne (Harris) Leonard and Mary Pat (Tentis) Wallerich and two nephews, Raymond Tentis and Terry McDonough.
A memorial Mass will be offered on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 12:00 noon at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Kellogg. Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM at the church on Friday. Military rites will be provided by the Wabasha VFW Post 4086, the Wabasha American Legion Post #50 and the MNARNG Honor Guard.