Major General Ralph Spraker
1933 - 2020
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January 14, 1933 December 30, 2020
Major General Ralph Spraker of Colorado Springs passed away on Thursday, December 30, 2020. He was born on January 14, 1933 to Clarence and Vera Spraker of Aberdeen, Idaho.
He graduated from Utah State University and joined the Air Force where he served for 35 years. He began his career as a navigator on B-47's and then was transferred to ICBM Strategic Missiles. From there he finished his career in Colorado Springs in the AF Space Command. Over the years he had many positions as commander of Missiles Squadrons, Missile Wings, and the first commander of the AF Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base. He also flew in EC-121s as a navigator and training officer in Thailand during the Vietnam conflict.
Among his decorations and awards are the Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, and the Vietnam Service Medal, Legion of Merit with one leaf oak cluster.
He was promoted to Major General on April 28, 1981. He was married to Sandra Sledd of Salina, Kansas. Interment will be held at the National cemetery in Colorado Springs and a memorial service held later. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Pikes Peak Humane Society of Colorado Springs.

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Published in The Gazette on Jan. 8, 2021.
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January 16, 2021
General Spraker was my commander in the 321 SMS at F.E. Warren AFB and he was the finest commander I met in the 20 years I served.
Harry A. Lehman, Lieutenant Colonel USAF Ret.
January 15, 2021
I am absolutely heartbroken to hear about the loss of Ralph. He was such a kind and thoughtful man. I can’t imagine the pain that your heart is feeling right now.
Kelly McGrew
January 14, 2021
Ralph and I became good friends in Jr. High in Aberdeen, remained in touch through our lives. Fine citizen, accomplishments for all to be proud of. Empathy to Sandra. Larry Knight
lawrence knight, M.D.
January 10, 2021
Excellent officer and leader who I was privileged to work for in the mid 80’s when he commanded the 1st Space Wing, which later became the 21st Space Wing, which is now one of the new Space Force units. Many have followed and led with the benefit of the foundation he so professionally established for thousands who have served in both the space and ballistic missile career specialties. I salute your long service and may you rest in peace
Ed Strack
Served In Military Together
January 9, 2021
Sandra, I worked for then Col. Spraker at Ellsworth AFB SD when he was Vice Commander of the 44th Strategic Missile Wing. I last spoke to him at Offutt AFB NE in 80. I know some of the folks thought him to be gruff, but I considered the general "One of the good guys". RIP sir. I am proud to have served for and with you.
Rick Patrick
Served In Military Together
January 8, 2021
I worked for and with him at Hq.1 Space Wing. He was a very admirable man. Rest in Peace, Sir.
Michael Staton
January 8, 2021
I am saddened, humbled and honored that my father's mentor and one of the last true warrior Officers in our nation took the time to know me and provide my oath of commission -
of which I still follow to this day for our nation.

You have my love, my respect, my humble appreciation and all of my efforts to keep in line with the traditions you emblazoned in the seal of this nation!

Served In Military Together
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