Fred Springer Jr.

Saturday, March 21, 2020 From Ford and Sons Funeral Home

Fred Charles Springer Jr., 70, of Jackson passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020, at Life Care Center of Cape Girardeau.

He was born April 21, 1949, in Cape Girardeau to Fred Charles and Helen Hosea Springer.

He was a graduate of Cape Girardeau Central High School in 1967 and Southeast Missouri State University in 1971. Upon graduation, he joined his mother, Helen, at Springer Insurance & Realty Co.

In 2010, Fred was inducted into the Southeast Missouri State University Sports Hall of Fame, along with his fellow teammates from the outstanding 1969 Southeast track team.

Survivors include a sister, Susan S. (Rick) Thornton of Sugar Grove, Illinois; and nephews, Christopher Thornton and Patrick Thornton.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Ford and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Fred Springer only ran only one year of HS Track at Cape Central. He came out for the team at Southeast Missouri and had great success setting many records in his four years. He eventually set the SEMO record for the Mile run at 4:07.2 in 1971. He also set the 880 record of 1:54.0 in 1969. Among other records were being part of the 2 Mile Relay record of 7:49.5 in 1968 along with Bill Wirtz, Rick Barker & Glen Carroll. Fred was part of the 4 Mile Relay record of 17:32.6 set in 1970 along with Steve Parker, Glen Carroll & Steve Stillwell. Fred was also part of the Distance Medley Relay record set in 1970 of 10:12.1 with Steve Urbach, Glen Carroll & Ed Bartley. Indoors, Fred broke the record for the 880 running 1:56.8 in 1969 and the Indoor Mile record of 4:17.3 which he set in 1970. He may have bettered all of these in his Senior season in 1971.
Below are some of the photos of Fred over the years.