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Joel Sperr

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Visitation and time of sharing for Joel Keith Sperr, 53, of Wheaton will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009 from 5 until 7:00 p.m. at the Ranney Funeral Home in Wheaton. Joel passed away on Nov. 4, 2009 at his residence in Wheaton.

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Interment will be held at Lakeside Cemetery, Herman. The Ranney Funeral Home of Wheaton and Herman is in charge of arrangements.

Joel Keith Sperr, raised in California but rooted in the State of Minnesota he dearly loved so much, passed unexpectedly in Wheaton on Nov. 4, 2009. He was born on Jan. 9, 1956, Joel was a gifted musician who began drum lessons at the age of 3 years old and carried his passion for music throughout his life. After graduating from Highlands High School in California, Joel went on the road with well-known California bands who admired his professionalism and talent. Longing to return to Minnesota where his many aunts, uncles and cousins resided, Joel moved to Minnesota and took a job at Fiskers in Wheaton where he worked several years, followed by employment for several years at Prime Wood in Wahpeton, N.D. Joel had a hearty laugh and kindness about him that made him many friends. He was devoted to his work, his family and countless friends. He will be sorely missed.

Joel is survived by his mother: Clara Arnold of North Highlands, Calif.; sister Sheila and brother-in-law Dale Crump of Elk Grove, Calif.; and brother Gary and sister-in-law Nancy Sperr of Granite Bay, Calif.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins who reside in Minnesota.

Joel was preceded in death by his father, Albert C. Sperr.

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