PALENVILLE…Arthur G. Sperl, Jr., 70, passed away peacefully at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Born April 2nd, 1947 to the late Arthur G. and Mildred Wood Sperl of Saugerties. He graduated from Saugerties High School in 1965 and was a star football player for his high school team and after graduation he went on to play baseball for the Saugerties Dutchmen. For 8 years he served as an Army Reservist. He joined his Father in the operation of Art Sperl & Son for over 30 years., building the business and making life-long friendships. After selling his business he went on to open Alex Archery, which he operated for over 20 years, and later in life he drove a school bus for Lezette Express, until his retirement.
Art was an active member of his community. He had served on the Board of Consistories for the Reformed Church of Saugerties, was a Deacon of the church as well as a Sunday school teacher. Art was an avid hunter, animal lover and sportsman. He was instrumental in starting a bow hunting camp for children, he taught hunter safety courses for both adults and children, he served as a board member on the NY Bow Hunters Association, he founded Hunters for the Hungry and coordinated food donations to Soup Kitchens around Ulster County, he was a former member of the High Woods Sportsman’s Club and the Saugerties Fish and Game Club. He spent 20 years as a bagpiper for the Amerscot Highland Pipe Band. He played and managed the softball team, Sperl’s Pakkers, for many years where he played ball alongside his father and his son. Art made many friends in his travels and was quick witted and quick to help others. He will be deeply missed by all those that love him.
He is survived by his wife Nancy Hutty Sperl and four children: Jamie Smith (Jim) of Port Ewen, Kimberly Lockrow (Scott) of Kingston, William Bagshaw (Kate) of Saugerties and Kerrie Bark (Richard) of Saugerties, siblings Donna Mehalak, Annie Joyce (Steven), Susan Thein (Robert), 11 grandchildren and 1 great grandson, several nieces and nephews also survive. He was predeceased by his son Randy Sperl.
His Funeral Service will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home, Inc. Cor. Of John & Lafayette Sts. Friends will be received Monday 2-4 and 7-9 PM. The family suggests that donations in his name be made to the Saugerties Animal Shelter, Town Hall, High Street, Saugerties, New York, 12477. Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family @SeamonWilseyFuneralHome.com