November 24, 1944 ~ May 17, 2020

Born in: Sanford, Florida
Resided in: Aurora, Colorado

Sidney William Spry

Sidney “Bill” Spry, age 75, died at home of a heart attack on May 17. He was born in Sanford, FL to W. Kenneth Spry and Harriette (Swarthout) Spry. He grew up in Mission, KS. He had a BA in economics from the University of Missouri at Kansas City and an MA in social studies from Western State College in Gunnison, CO. He worked for the Federal Railroad Administration as a safety inspector before retirement.

After retirement, Bill was an open space volunteer helping keep Aurora’s trails and parks cleared of litter. He had a quick wit, a wry sense of humor, he loved animals, and offered any stray cat who showed up food and shelter.

Survivors include his wife Pamela K. Spry, brother Ronald Spry (Barbara) and niece Erin Spry. No memorial service is planned, but memorial contributions are welcome at any animal shelter.

Memories Timeline


  1. Oh Pam … Bill was such a great guy! And a wonderful supporter of midwifery. You were such a great couple. He will surely be missed. My heart breaks for you. Please know that others are thinking of you — and praying for you during this time of sadness. If I can help in any way — please let me know. Marie

  2. Pam,
    Holding you in loving kindness during the loss of Bill. Praying you find comfort in good memories. He was always a good sport and honored friend in the company of midwives. Hugs to you.

  3. Pam I am so sorry for the death of your beloved Bill. I remember how he faithfully came to the Annual Meeting almost every year, and how I missed him when he couldn’t join you. May his name be a blessed memory.
    With love, Leslie Cragin

  4. Pam I am soooo sorry about Bill. He always made me laugh and you two were perfect together. My heart is with yours.



  5. Dear Pam,
    May you find comfort and peace in this time of change. Betty Jennings joins me in wishing you well. Laraine told us of your husband’s death and we were saddened to hear of it.
    With loving thoughts,
    Abby Burton

  6. Sending much love and support to Pam and all of the family. Sid was part of our KU nursing class family. His great love for Pam and infectious sense of humor are comforting memories. He will be missed! Patsy Cram Nelson

  7. Phil and Clara Hemphill

    Dear Pam,

    Truly sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. We can only echo that everyone who new Bill
    would walk away remembering his wonderful sense of humor and sly grin.


    Phil and Clara

  8. Hi Pam,
    Joanne Cole here with KGNU. We have met at blues events over the years. I am so saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. We send you and your family our most sincere condolences. Bill was truly a wonderful human being. We hold you both close in our hearts. much love, Joanne

  9. Pam,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed spending time with you and Bill at Hutzel events and conferences. May you find comfort in all your memories of your life together.


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