Frank earned an MBA, a Ph.D. in Economics, and a J.D. degree. He had been a professor at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL, and Chairman of the Business Division, and also began the MBA program. Prior to that, he had taught at Hampden-Sydney College in VA and Brescia University in Owensboro, KY. He also served as a consultant to attorneys in Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri. Frank took pride in teaching, and he enjoyed interacting with his students, lunching with colleagues, and wearing his themed ties to class. Frank was a most loving husband to his wife, Jane Spreng, whom he married on December 27, 1966.
Frank was a member of the Board of Directors of the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society and the Membership Chair of the English Speaking Union St. Louis Branch. Frank and Jane especially enjoyed performances at McKendree’s Hettenhausen Center and the Repertory Theatre and the MUNY in St. Louis. Frank was also a stamp and model railroad enthusiast and Gentleman’s Book Club member.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy Guehl Spreng and Joseph Spreng.
Surviving, along with his wife, are his children, Jennifer Spreng of San Antonio, TX, and Emily (Dennis) Lowery of St. Louis, MO, as well as his grandsons, Sean, Christopher, and Conall Lowery, who had a most special place in his life. He is also survived by his sisters, Ann Spreng Puzzini Meyer and Lynne Spreng, as well as his niece, Elizabeth Ann Puzzini Glantz, and nephew, Frank A. Jr. (Patricia) Puzzini, and his great-nephews, Tony (Bethany) Puzzini and James (Andrea) Glantz. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Ellen (Edward) Kabot of Vernon Hills, IL, and nieces, Erin and Tracey Kabot.
Memorials may be made to Cahokia Mounds, McKendree University, or St. Anthony’s Chapel in Pittsburgh, PA. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2018, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 3, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 3, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. Jack McEvilly officiating.
Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.