Kirby Joseph Sprenger, 19, passed away Sunday June 19, 2016 at Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD in his mother’s arms and with his father by his side, along with many family members telling their favorite Kirby stories.
Funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, June 23, 2016, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Faulkton, SD with Fr. Christopher Hughes officiating. Burial will be in St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery. A wake service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 22, at the church, with visitation one hour prior.
Kirby Joseph Sprenger was born on November 23, 1996 to Joe and Sandy (Bowar) Sprenger in Aberdeen, SD. At the age of 4 months Kirby was diagnosed with a rare and terminal disease called Miller-Dieker Syndrome; despite the odds he surpassed all expectations and continuously proved his doctors wrong. Kirby found joy in the simplest of things, such as the sounds heard at the Midway Fairgrounds, the feeling of the wind on his face, the sound of cows moo-ing, or the sharp sound of a squeaking balloon. Kirby’s infectious laugh and bright smile warmed the hearts of anyone who met him.
Blessed to have been chosen to share Kirby’s life are his parents Joe and Sandy Sprenger; his sister Haley: his maternal grandfather Eugene (Jeanette) Bowar of Faulkton; as well as Kirby’s “2nd Mom” Leasa Ortmeier; his aunts and uncles: Anne (Mark) Beckstrand of Sioux Falls, SD, Karen (Terry) Dickman of Sioux Falls, SD, Marlene (Mark “Sparky”) Dreesen of Circle, MT, Barry (Shelly) Bowar of Wahpeton, ND, Holly (Todd) Jacobson of Harrisburg, SD, Mike (Carol) Sprenger of Presho, SD, Gary (Peg) Sprenger of Orient, SD, Kathy (Gary) Sarvis of Brandon, SD, Patty Sprenger and Dave Griffin of North St. Paul, MN, Mary (Jerry) Nelson of Philip, SD, Karen (Vern) Bult of Wahpeton, ND, Deb (Jim) Peterson of Sioux Falls, SD, Jim Sprenger and Sharon Rons of Sioux Falls, SD, Steve (DeAnn) Sprenger of Pierre, SD, and Carol Sprenger of Brookings, SD; cousins: Lauren (Zackary) Brinnley and Lincoln Thompson, Josh Dickman, Mandy (Cullen) Pickett, Kayla Dreesen, Brooke Dreesen, Tracer Bowar, Stuart Bowar, Alex Jacobson, Justin Jacobson, John Birgen-Sprenger, Jana Sprenger, Lacy Sprenger, Jamie Sprenger, Janell (Shanon) Shaylee, Tristen, and Keagen Juhnke, Joelle (Brad) Taborr, Paige and Kaden Ellenbecker, Justin (Krista) Audra and Austin Sarvis, Katie (Merritt) Carpenter, Loni Nelson, Travis Nelson, Jeremy (Candi) Tori and Harper Bult, Danny Bult, Sam Peterson, and Danielle Schroeder.
Kirby was preceded in death by his grandparents: George and Loyola Sprenger and Maurine “Billie” Bowar and his cousins Brian Bult, Laura Peterson and Frances Ellenbecker.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be forwarded by the family to the Faulkton Area Medical Center Foundation and Make A Wish Foundation.
Luce Funeral Home of Faulkton has been entrusted with Kirby’s arrangements.