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MESICK - Harold George Spoor, 76, of Mesick, formerly of Kalamazoo, died Monday at his residence. He was born in Rochester on Nov. 12, 1924, the son of George and Matilda (Popps) Spoor.

Harold was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, 508th Parachute Infantry, 82nd Division. For his efforts, he was awarded the Purple Heart. Harold was a life member of the D.A.V. Buck Crosby Chapter in Kalamazoo, and a member of the American Legion Read-Osborne Post 531 in Copemish.

Harold was previously employed at Lights Tree Company in Richland and had retired in 1983 from the Romence Garden Center in Kalamazoo. In 1997, he moved to Mesick. He enjoyed building wishing wells and planters, as well as fishing, and he loved traveling. Harold was an avid reader, especially of westerns, books about wars and maps.

On June 27, 1951 in Mio, he married Beverly Rachel Osborne, who survives. He is also survived by three daughters, Peggy (Harry) Stuart of Plainwell, Kathy (Chip) Maturen of Muskegon and Rachel Hilton of Plainwell; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Virginia (Ike) Hershberger of Fairview; five brothers, Wilford (Joyce) Spoor of Bear Lake, William Spoor of Mesick, Ronald (Pauline) Spoor of Maryland, Robert (Ruby) Spoor of Mesick, and Donald Spoor of Las Vegas.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Ruby Smith, Jean Russell and Sally Post; one brother, Theodore Spoor; and three granddaughters during infancy, Elsie, Teena and Rachel.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Terwilliger Funeral Home in Kaleva.  Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with Pastor Paul Bundy officiating. Burial will be in Fort Custer National Cemetery.

[Source: record-eagle.com]

[courtesy of Jason Stuart]

Grave marker for Harold G. Spoor in Section Q, Site 827. Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta (Kalamazoo county), Michigan.

Harold enlisted at Kalamazoo, MI on 1 April 1943.

The date of his arrival in Company F, 508th PIR is unavailable.

On 17 October 1944, Pfc Spoor was seriously wounded in action and evacuated.

He was transferred from a field hospital to the Parachute Replacement Regiment at the Parachute School, Ft Benning GA on 3 December 1944

His military decorations include the Purple Heart.

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