In Memory

Fred Sprow

Fred Sprow

Frederick H. Sprow, 71, Reading, passed away November 1, 2017, in the Reading Hospital. Born in East Orange NJ, he was the son of the late Raymond C. and Elizabeth (Ringler) Sprow. Fred was a graduate of Summit High School and the University of Wisconsin.

He was a proud U.S. Army veteran who honorably served our nation from 1966-1972. He spent time in Heidelberg, Germany and reached the rank of SP5.

Fred is survived by his brother, Raymond, husband of Betsy Sprow of Shillington; nephews. Mark, husband of Alicia and Michael, husband of Shannon; and six great-nieces and nephews. Services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading is in charge of arrangements.


Date of Birth : June 11 1946

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11/18/17 11:02 PM #4    

Bette Williams (McDermott)

So sorry to hear of Fred's passing. I remember his smile from our high school days.  RIP Fred. 

11/19/17 08:14 AM #5    

Jim Grube

Fred struggled with diabetes for many years and the disease finally took its toll.  Fred had moved to Reading several years ago and lived near his brother and family.  John Mallory and I had a great visit with Fred about a year ago.  Our time together was filled with wonderful Summit stories and memories.  Johnnie remarked that one of Fred's nicknames back in our high school days was "Gator" and hearing that Fred rekindled that gator smile.   Johnny and I, along with his teammates and classmates. have fond memories of a special friend. 




11/19/17 11:31 AM #6    

Terrence J. Fearon, III

Fred and I served in dijfferent branches of the  Military defending our Freedom and way of life

during the Vietnam War.

Until we meet again, 

 Rest in Peace my brother.


11/19/17 04:53 PM #7    

Patricia D. Burke (Kuhn)

Fred lived around the corner from me and we attended Franklin Elementary.  I have pictures of us in elementary school.  I always thought he was so cute, but I was totally unnoticeable and shy.  He was amazing in high school as well.  I wish I had known that he lived only 30 minutes from me in PA.  I would have loved to visit him.

11/20/17 12:38 PM #8    

Rich Kulaszewski (Kulaszewski)

I went to St. Trersa' and Washington school then completed my freshman year  at Summit .Where I played football /baseball (65). I met Fred when I was playing youth football at Memorial field on Satherdays.. There was always a promise that this group of players would someday play another town, this never materialized .We had many gifted athletes but Fred and Jim Grube stood out as people that would go on with the sport.

As a result of my father work with Bell labatories I moved and later played for another high school in south jersey .I also played some college ball in the midwest . However I followed Summit high school through their State championship...I think Madison had a great running that year that lead the state in rushing ?  It is my understanding that Fred, Jim and John Mallory where the catilist  that made this happen.

We have lost a very good man and outstanding human being in Fred Sprow #40... May he rest in peace

Rich Kulaszeewski

11/22/17 04:49 AM #9    

Paul Falco


11/22/17 12:14 PM #10    

James R. Royer

Jim Grube is correct, fond memories. If had to get 2 yards it was 537 with Johnny getting the linebacker and Fred with the ball. Very fond memories 

11/22/17 02:56 PM #11    

Monroe (Alex) Brown

Fred was something special during our Senior Year.  I can tell you from the practice field that Fred was a load to stop when he had the football.  If my memory serves me, Coach Howie decided in early summer that  year that the Seniors and the team as a whole could handle the "Monster Defence", where a 'Monster Linebacker' could read the offensive alignment presented and position himself anywhere in our Defensive Allignment he chose, to best meet the potential threat imposed by the offensive alignment.  Howie said that this was a fairly complicated Defense for a high school team to handle, but that he thought we could handle it.  The man chosen to play the first team 'Monster Man' or Linebacker was "Fred Sprow", going both ways with his duties as Fullback, and what a tremendous job he did at the difficult 'Monster' position and at Fullback, for us.  I also remember his constant encouragement yelled out during difficult practices and in the locker room or at meetings.  He was a leader and an important inspiration and football talent for our undefeated season.  I carried that with me, and still do.  May God richly bless you and keep you, my great teammate.   Monroe Alex

11/27/17 10:14 AM #12    

Nola Ruppert (Zusi)

Fred was a leader and force on the 1964 Championship Summit High School Football Team. I was proud to have cheered for him, and proud to have known him. Rest in peace, Fred.

11/28/17 03:33 PM #13    

Susan R. Feather-Gannon

I, too, remember from Franklin School and, of course, SHS. I still have a photo of our class at Franklin School in which we were all wearing hats for Easter (we were allowed to celebrate that holiday back then). We all made our hats and Fred's was particularly spectacular.

I was proud to be a member of the same class from which Fred graduated in 1964 and to have been part of the marches down to the field before the football games. Fred was a teammate that helped the amazing accomplishment of our 1964 championship football team!

Rest in peace, Fred...



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