James Clarence Spresser Phd., 72 ,of Mission, South Dakota, formally of Taylorville, Illinois died Friday, April 3, 2020 at 7:30 pm in ICU following a heart attack.
He was born May 16, 1947 at the old Saint Vincent hospital in Taylorville, the son of Mary Frances and Clarence Spresser.
James was an Alumni of Southern Illinois University. Carbondale, where he earned his BA, MA and Phd. in Education, He said he knew from age five he was going to become a teacher. His distinguished career as a Professor in the English Department began at Columbia Junior College in Columbia, Tenn. He also taught at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich. and most recently at Sinte Gleska University in Mission, S.D.
He is a published poet and directed over forty plays. He wrote a play for his dissertation entitled," Eagle Man" which he produced and directed.
James will be remembered for always lending a helping hand to any one in need, his many kindnesses, and his love for family and friends. With his demise our planet is a little dimmer today.
He is survived by his sister, Nancy Calumet of Springfield, Ill., his brother Roger P. Spresser (wife Sheila) of Taylorville, Ill., his children: Amy L.Turpin (husband Daryl) of Columbia, Tenn. and Shane C. Spresser (wife Rebekah) of Murphysboro, grandchildren: Josie McAlister and Maddie McAlister, nephew, Paxton Spresser and great-nephews Cole and Evan Spresser of Bartlett, Ill., companion, Anna Tools and family of Mission, S.D.