Neil Sprouls, 52Neil Joseph Sprouls, 52, Kensington, died June 3, 2011 at his home.
Neil Joseph Sprouls, 52, Kensington, died June 3, 2011 at his home.
Neil, son of Duane and Rose (Kopel) Sprouls, was born December 25, 1958 at Morris. He grew up and attended school in Kensington, graduating from Kensington High School in 1977. After his graduation, Neil worked for two years for the Sooline Railroad, before working as a carpenter in the Kensington area for many years. Neil also worked for West Central Metal Fabricators in Alexandria as a welder, before being a self-employed welder.
He was very creative and inventive. Neil loved working with his hands and could build or figure out anything. If he couldn’t find exactly what he was looking for in a store, he invented it and made it on his own. As you enter Kensington, a sample of Neil’s talent is displayed in the Kensington Welcome signs. He was also very proud of the work he did at Our Lady of Runestone Catholic Cemetery.
Neil had a soft spot for his many nieces and nephews and their children. He could always be counted on for his jokes at family gatherings. Neil knew every Saturday Night Live episode front to back.
In recent years, he enjoyed spending days with Donna and working side by side with her. They also enjoyed taking their daily drive with the dogs.
He is survived by his life partner, Donna Hauglie, and her son, Mason Hauglie, of Kensington; two brothers, Daniel Sprouls, Moorhead and Jeff Sprouls, Kensington; three sisters, Michelle Sprouls and Wendy (Marvin) Rudell, all of Kensington, and Pamela (Shane) Henricks, West Fargo, ND; several aunts and uncles, and many nieces and nephews.
Neil was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Timothy and Patrick, a nephew, Uriah Rudell, and a great-nephew, Eddie Haack.
A memorial gathering for Neil was held Monday, June 6 at the Kensington Community Center in Kensington. Burial will be held at a later date at Our Lady of Runestone Catholic Cemetery near Kensington.
Online condolences may be sent to the Pedersen Funeral Home website at www.pedersenfh.com.
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