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Daniel E. Springer

August 27, 1932 February 6, 2018
Daniel E. Springer
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Obituary for Daniel E. Springer

Longtime Royal Oak resident Dan Springer died February 6th at the age of 85. He was surrounded by family as he passed peacefully at his Bellbrook senior residence in Rochester Hills after courageously battling heart disease.

Born August 27, 1932 in Detroit, Springer was the oldest of 10 children to Brad and Dorothy Springer. Brad was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Browns before opening a Standard Oil dealership in Birmingham. At one time or another most of the eight Springer boys helped the family business by delivering heating oil throughout the Detroit Metro area.

Springer was a pillar in the Royal Oak Shrine community where he was part of the original co-ed graduating class at the high school in 1950. Later he volunteered in the Shrine Dad’s Club, served on the parish council and for many years ushered at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church.

After high school, Springer attended the University of Detroit. His schooling was interrupted by the Korean War. Springer was drafted into the U. S. Army and served his country in Germany during the escalating Cold War with the Soviet Union.

Once discharged from active duty, Springer resumed his education at Michigan State University, where he met and married the love of his life, Lynn Charron of Ann Arbor, whose father co-founded the well-known, private Town Club, a dining establishment for Ann Arbor’s elite during the city’s prohibition on alcohol. Springer graduated from MSU in 1957 with a business degree in Economics and married Lynn the same year. They were happily married for 47 years.

Springer’s work career included stops at several recognizable companies including Standard Oil, Honeywell and Delta Dental Plan of Michigan where he finished his employed life as an account executive specializing in large accounts such as the United Auto Workers. He also worked as a do-everything manager at the now-defunct Woodward Glass.

Family was always at the center of Springer’s life as he and Lynn raised four children in Royal Oak. He was active in the YMCA Indian Guides and Royal Oak Baseball Federation where he was a volunteer coach.

When he wasn’t working or volunteering, Springer could often be found with friends or family either golfing, bowling or playing cards. He also loved to travel the United States and the world. Music was an important part of Springer’s life as he sang in The Wolverine barbershop chorus for many years and in the church choir. One of his favorite places to be was at the family cottage on Maceday Lake. He loved to boat and fish. Nothing made Springer happier than spending time with his 14 grandchildren. He taught each one how to bait a hook and other valuable life lessons.

Always quick with a joke, he was beloved by many for his sense of humor, his generous spirit and positive outlook on life.

To his wife and family, he was simply a rock. Loving, faithful and wise with an unmatched work ethic. He will be missed.

Springer was preceded in death by his wife Lynn and siblings Tom, Madonna Charlier and Tim. He is survived by siblings Mike, Paul, Mark, John, Mary Filippis and Joe and his four children, Valerie (Rick) Fournier; Lisa (John) Juriga; Dan ((Heidi) and Dave (Stephanie), along with 14 grandchildren; Nicole (Eric), Jonathan (Cora), John, Matthew , Mark, Erika, Isaac, Britta, Avery, Emma, Katrina, Luke, Mitchell, and Jackson, along with three great grandchildren, Joshua, Caleb, and Tabitha.

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Friday, February 9th, 3-8pm with sharing of memories at 7pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Andrew Church, 1400 Inglewood, Rochester, Saturday, February 10th at 10am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 9:30am.

Memorials appreciated to Angels’ Place, 29299 Franklin Road, Southfield, Michigan 48034 or Christ Child Society, 15751 Joy Road, Detroit, Michigan 48228.


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