Robert Ernest Sprague died Jan. 7, 2018. Sprague was born in 1920 in Wenatchee, Washington, to John W. and Blanche Sprague. He was educated in Tacoma schools, graduating from Lincoln High in 1938. During World War II, he served as a mechanic in the U.S. Army Air Force. After leaving the service, he worked for American Plumbing, then for Tacoma City Light for 30 years before retiring in 1983. He was a member of Destiny Masonic Lodge for 65 years, serving twice as master and once as secretary.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Nilma; daughter, Peggy Ellingson; grandson, Evan Sprague; two sisters and two nieces.

Survived by children Robert (Voski); Donald (Madeline); and Suzanne Sprague; grandsons Boshon (Beth) Sprague; Corey (Leslie) Sprague and five great-grandchildren. His interests included golf, archeology, genealogy, fishing, cats and pinochle.

Except for his final days, he lived out his life independently at home in Home Colony.

A memorial will be scheduled at a later date.