Frank Philip "Phil" Sproule

Apr 29, 2020
Sproule, Frank


Due to the Pandemic Covid-19 virus gathering restrictions, a private family graveside inurnment will be held at the Mt Auburn Cemetery. A video of the service is posted below.

La Porte City Funeral Home in charge of arrangements, 606 E. Main St. La Porte City, Iowa 50651. 


Mt. Auburn Cemetery


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Frank Philip “Phil” Sproule, 82 of La Porte City, Iowa, died Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Cedar Valley Hospice Home of cancer.

He was born Aug 19, 1937 in Villisca, IA, son of John and Ila Mae (Philips) Sproule. Frank married Betty Colbert in 1958, they were later divorced. He married Janet (Miller) Wilson on December 21st, 1974.

He graduated from Griswold High School in 1955 and the University of Northern Iowa in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Distributive Education. With a love of teaching, he taught in Milwaukee, WI, the Orange School system, East High School, La Porte City School system and North Iowa Area Community College before starting his own Consulting business, TTI Atlanta, while living in Atlanta over 25 years. He was a consultant to numerous major Georgia corporations providing initial client assessments, management of interpersonal relationships and performed on-site professional motivational training with corporations throughout the United States.

Survived: by his wife, Janet of La Porte City; one daughter, Julie (Jim) Oetken of Flower Mound, Texas; three sons, Jim Sproule of Tumwater, WA, Jody and Robert (Dana) Wilson of La Porte City; ten grandchildren, Dustin (Celia) and Tyler Sproule of Yuma, AZ, Nick Deuel of Olympia, WA, Hailey Sproule of Olympia, WA, Emma Oetken of Flower Mound, Texas, Jake (Shelly) Wilson of La Porte City, IA, Hannah (Brandt) Becker of La Porte City, IA, Luke, Emma, & Elli Wilson all of La Porte City, IA; three great granddaughters, Skylee and Ivy Sproule of Yuma, AZ, and Autumn Sproule of Olympia, WA and a brother Jack (Geri) Sproule of Washington, IA.

Preceded in death: by his parents.

He was a dedicated educator and said a teacher tells you where to look but not what to find. Frank enjoyed the corporate business world in Atlanta, GA and did consulting and training seminars in the areas of understanding behaviors, team building, communication styles and employee retention. He loved his family, friends and students and had a gift of never meeting a stranger he couldn’t talk to which touched the lives of all he knew.

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  1. Kai Romanchak | May 09, 2020
    Julie, I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jim and Emma. I hope some fond memories of good times together will eventually bring you some comfort. May God bless you and offer you peace during this difficult time. With love, Kai
  2. Diana and Neal Parks | May 05, 2020

    Our sympathy to Janet and to Phil's whole family.  Neal and I graduated in 1969 and had "Mr. Sproule" as a teacher.  It was always good to see him and talk to him when we would meet him in La Porte City in more recent years, like seeing an old friend.


    Neal and Diana Parks 

  3. Matthew Bonnstetter | May 04, 2020
    Frank was family for me, he knew me my whole life and was a great family friend.  It was always fun being around Frank, his energy was unlike most people I have ever met.  He was also like a father figure to me and I enjoyed our conversations and will miss them.  
  4. Sue | May 03, 2020
    One of my favorites!  I loved this man!  He made everyone felt comfortable and was able to teach to any persons surroundings. Janet was one the best things for Mr. Sproule!  He was a teacher that was loved by many and for sure myself!  May he rest in peace at Jesus’s kingdom!  😢❤️💛 
  5. David Bonnstetter | May 02, 2020
    I knew Frank my entire life.  He was one of my dad’s best friends in the world.  So many of the best memories from my childhood involve Frank and my dad on camping, fishing and skiing trips.  The stories I could tell you about those times and the stories they told us are priceless.  But if you knew Frank, I’m not telling you anything new.  He had that certain type of energy that just made you like him.  You always had a good time around him and you were also probably laughing the whole time.  Not only did he make my childhood better, he made my adulthood better by helping my dad and I build the TTI business network - he was there from the start.  My hat’s off to you my good friend - a life well done.  I will, and I’m sure everyone that knew Frank, have a big ol’ smile on my face every time I think of him.  Thank you Frank.
  6. Krista Sheets | May 02, 2020
    Frank always shared his wisdom and helped so many people in the TTI distributor network.  We will greatly miss him and hope we can continue to carry his spirit in our work.  Thank you for sharing him with us!  I will never forget his smile and laugh. 
  7. Cathy Parker Harkness | May 01, 2020
    Hi my name is Cathy Harkness I graduated in 1974 your beloved husband and father was a dear teacher to me he was great I think everybody at the high school loved him dearly he was funny very witted and had a lot of compassion for his students. Recently I just move back to Iowa from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As I am speaking for all the class of 1974 we will miss Him dearly. 

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