Earl Lee Sponsler, 91, the second son of five children of Jesse and Dressa Coats Sponsler, was born April 13, 1913, on a farm near Bado in Texas County. He died March 12, 2005, at Kabul Nursing Home at Cabool.He married Lois Vivian Flowers Sponsler June 7, 1934. They had two children. His wife died in 1992.Mr. Sponsler served eight terms in the Missouri House of Representatives from Texas County from 1958 to 1974. He enjoyed his farm, changing from dairy cattle to beef in 1960 and added land as it became available.He served on the Sanitary Milk Producers board of directors in the ’50s and taught at area rural schools including Simmons for eight years.He accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age. He attended Bado Community Church, where he taught Sunday School as long as he was able. He married Stella Boyer, the widow of his younger brother, Lloyd, in 1993.In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Paul and Lloyd Sponsler; and one sister, Beulah Sponsler Cox.Surviving are his wife, Stella; son, Dale Lloyd Sponsler of Marshfield; daughter, Vivian Earlene Sponsler Coday of Mountain Grove; one brother, Chester of Springfield; stepchildren, Hubert Lee Sponsler, Beverly Sponsler Widner and Paula Sponsler Hodges; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren and 17 step-great-grandchildren.Services were March 14 at the Bado Community Church with the Rev. Brad Reed and the Rev. Hubert Sponsler officiating. Burial was in the Bado Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.Memorials may be made to the Bado Community Church or Bado Cemetery. “

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