Longtime Louisville resident James H. Sprung, passed away Thursday, January 26, at his home in Louisville. He was 84. Jim was born in Andover, Ohio on September 3, 1932, the son of Florence (Septka) and Francis J. Sprung, He moved to Sturgis, South Dakota as a young boy and excelled in sports but basketball was his favorite. He went on to play basketball and baseball at Black Hills State University and years later was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. James served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1950 to 1951 and received the Purple Heart while he was serving. He married Dona Zeimet in Pringle, South Dakota and had three children: Debbie Singer (Christof), Mike Sprung and John Sprung (JoAnn). He has 6 grandchildren: Jennifer Singer-Rupp (Daniel Rupp), Spencer Singer (Keely), Bryce and Peyton Sprung and Molly and Connor McPhearson. He had 4 great grandchildren: Quinn and Adalyn Singer and Celina and Nicholas Rupp. He is survived by one brother, Earl Sprung (Mary Ellen) of Kansas City, Missouri. For a number of years Jim taught and coached. He later moved into the insurance business. A memorial service will be held on his 85 th birthday at the Pringle, South Dakota cemetery. The service will begin at 11:00. A scholarship fund has been established at Black Hills State University in the athletic department for basketball players in financial need. Donations may be sent in his name to: Yellow Jacket Foundation, Attn: Steve Meeker unit 9506 in Spearfish, South Dakota 57799. Friends may share condolences with his family online at www.darrellhowemortuary.com He loved his family above all and leaves us rich in memories.
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