MONACA, Pa. – Elmer A. Sproull, 87, of Monaca, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 while under the care of the staff at Providence Health, Bea-ver Falls. He was born December 13, 1926 in Chester, WV son of the late Phillip and Iva (Bailey) Sproull. Elmer proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy during WWII in the Asiatic Pacific Theater; he was a Signalman Second Class. Elmer was a lifetime member of the American Legion. Following his honorable discharge he returned home and then began a long career with Beaver Valley Sheet Metal and Brighton Construction.
He was a member of the Rochester Masonic Lodge 229 F.& A.M. and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, Valley of New Castle.
One of his most interesting life passions was music. Elmer had his own band known as Colonel Cowpokie and His Ranch Hands.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years: Alma on April 19, 2009; three brothers: John, Phillip and Garen; one sister: Vivian.
Elmer is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law: Dolan and Judy Sproull, Inola, OK; Terry and Barb Sproull, Fombell; Lonnie and Amy Sproull, Beaver; two daughters and sons-in-law: Christella “Chris” and Mike Baraconi, Sierra Vista, AZ; Della Jo and Rich Lash, Berea, OH; daughter-in-law: Laurie Sproull, Beaver, 14 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.
Friends will be received Tuesday, April 22, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the SAUL-GABAUER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 273 Route 68, Rochester (GPS 848 Sunflower Road, adjacent to Sylvania Hills Memorial Park Mausoleum). A Masonic Service will be held Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home by his Lodge Brothers.
Military Honors will be presented 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in the funeral home by members of the Beaver County Special Unit followed by his funeral service with Rev. Julia Williamson of the Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City, officiating. Private entombment will follow in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park Mausoleum.
If desired, memorial contributions may be directed to Saint Mary’s Alzheimer’s Center, 1899 West Garfield Road, Columbiana, OH 44408. Online condolences may be offered at www.saul-gabauer.com.