herb spreen

Herbert Leon Spreen, 90, died Nov. 3, 2009, at Colony Manor Assisted Living Home in Palmer.

A service will be at 3 p.m., with a visitation 2-3 p.m., Sunday at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Palmer. Pastor Aaron Payne will officiate.

Herbert was born Dec. 30, 1918, in Taft, Calif.

The family moved to Paradise, Calif., in the early 1930s. There he resided until January 1941, when he enlisted in the California National Guard, Company G, 184th Infantry. His first campaign was the Aleutians in 1943, followed by Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, in 1944, Leyte, Philippines, in 1944 and Okinawa, Japan, in April 1945. He was honorably discharged in September 1945.

He came to Alaska in 1946 for summer work and returned again in mid-1947 to stay.

Herbert was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 959 and worked construction all over the state. From the late 1940s to the early 1950s, he worked for M.K. Co. in construction, and from1956 to 1962 at several White Alice sites.

From 1962 to 1975, when he retired, Herbert worked for Locher Construction/Locher Pipeline. He resided in Anchorage until 1980, when he and his wife moved to Wasilla.

Herbert earned his pilot's license in January 1950; his hobbies included flying, hunting and helping others. For many years he volunteered for the Blind Camp, held at Tukuskoya Camp, Flat Lake, near Big Lake.

His family said: "He was a hard worker, often spending his vacations helping others. He thoroughly enjoyed it. He was optimistic, always saw the good in everyone. As everyone said, 'To know Herbert was to love him.' He leaves a great void in everyone's heart."

His family is most grateful for the loving and tender care he received from the caregivers at Colony Manor.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Virginia Spreen; stepchildren, Elaine Webb of Oregon and Don Eddie of Anchorage; sister and brother-in-law, Bea and Mark Marquez of California; and many grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Clarence, Leonard and Edward.

Arrangements are with Kehl's Palmer Chapel, www.legacyalaska.com.