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December 9, 2018

11/6/2018 7:30:00 AM

Gilbert "Gil" Spafford, 88, of Crandon (formerly Rhinelander) passed away Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 at The Bay "Nu Roc" in Blackwell with his loving wife by his side. Gilbert was born Aug. 17, 1930, the son of Bert and Dorothy (Miller) Spafford. He was united in marriage to Jean Petersen Aug. 27, 1949 in Rhinelander.

Gil is survived by loving wife of 69 years, Jean; daughters, Barbara (Gary) Payne, Gleason; Pam (Steve) Horneck, Rhinelander; Dawn Cote, Argonne; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Carol Fawley, Rhinelander.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Glen.

Gil loved planting and growing things. He offered a smile, kind word and helping hand to anyone and everyone.

Memorial services will be held at noon Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 at the Weber-Hill Funeral Home, Crandon, with Pastor Alex Lindsay of Northland Bible Church in Tomahawk officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.

Weber-Hill Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Online condolences for the family may be directed to

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Article comment by: Tiffany Johnson

I have great memories with Uncle Gil and always thinking he "watched" dogs for a job as he worked the dog watch shift. My thoughts and prayers to Aunt Jean and family. Very sorry for your loss!!!!

Tiffany Petersen Johnson

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