ROCKLAND — Robert H. Sprowl, 87, died peacefully surrounded by his family, Thursday, July 26, 2012, at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport.
Born in Rockland on July 21, 1925, he was the youngest of 12 children of Arthur M. Sr. and Lizzie B. Davis Sprowl. He attended Rockland schools.
During his earlier years, Bob worked at Snows Ship Yard and on the construction of Knox County Airport.
A U.S. Navy veteran, during World War II Bob served aboard four different ships.
Returning to civilian life, he worked on construction of the Farnsworth Art Museum, with Lucas Tree Service and later as a cook at Sim's Restaurant. It was while working at Sim’s that Bob met his future wife, Elizabeth M. Hammond. They were married Dec. 31, 1947, and made their home in Rockland most of their married lives.
While raising their six children, Bob was always industrious, sometimes working more than 80 hours a week on several jobs at the same time. Some of these included managing a local service station, driving a school bus, painting houses, serving on the Rockland Fire Department and working at the Drive-In.
In 1966, he began employment at Fisher Engineering, where he worked as a lead-man until being injured on the job in 1982.
A devoted family man and husband, for more than 10 years Bob was primary caregiver for his wife in their home. After she moved to the Knox Center in Rockland, he worked hand-in-hand with the staff family at that facility, ensuring a loving continuum of care for his dear wife, spending most every day there with her. Libby died March 2, 2007.
Bob maintained his own home until moving to the Methodist Home in Rockland, where he resided until moving to his daughter’s Clark Island home.
Bob has long been an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed camping. In association with camping, for several years he worked at Sandy Shores Campground. An accomplished gunsmither, he enjoyed reloading and for several years held a gun dealers license. He was a member of the Eye of the Hawk Black Powder Association of Knox County Fish and Game Association.
Other than his wife, Bob was predeceased by three sons, George L. Sprowl in 1995, William R. Sprowl in 2004, and David A. Sprowl in 2005. He is survived by one son, Dale Sprowl and his wife, Kelly, of Ellsworth; two daughters, Linda Lewis and her husband, Sheriden, of Clark Island, and Sandra Wright and her husband, Dennis, of Hope; two daughter-in-laws, Karen Sprowl and Geraldine Sprowl, both of Warren; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, Kendall, due Jan. 22; special friend of many years, Kendall McLain of Owls Head; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends and relatives are invited to visit from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday. Pastors Stephen Maxwell and Walden Chandler will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pen Bay Medical Center Palliative Care Suite, 22 White St., Rockland, ME 04841. The Sprowl family extends their heartfelt thanks for the care and compassion extended to their family by the staff of the Palliative Care Unit.
To share a memory or story with Bob’s family, please visit his online Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.