Jan Spreeman, a beloved Stillwater educator, has passed away.
“Jan Spreeman was one of the best,” Stillwater Mayor Ted Kozlowski said. “His stories were legendary. He helped this 8th grader understand morality in the most beautiful way. He was such a positive force in my life and the lives of many many others. He will be greatly missed, but remembered with love.”
Those fortunate enough to know Mr. Spreeman remember him as a great teacher and coach, a musician, a wonderful, kind man, a beautiful soul and an incredible storyteller.
In 2012, Spreeman was honored with the Stillwater Human Rights Award.
At that time, Donald Hovland, a long-time friend and colleague of Spreeman said:
“Jan represents the very essence of Human Rights Award. His days are spent in caring for every person he meets, he is a giver in all areas and he uses his higher levels of thinking and engages the community to make a difference in the world.”
Spreeman taught social studies and geography at Stillwater Junior High School and philosophy at Stillwater Area High School. He also World Religions classes in Stillwater schools and through community education.
There is also a hallway named after him at the Junior High, known as the “SPREEWAY.”
“He was one of my favorite people, and some of my earliest memories were of him sitting around a campfire, him and my dad playing the guitar, us singing and laughing,” Amy Bancroft Schilling said.
Jan’s wife, Julia Spreeman, posted this message on Facebook Tuesday afternoon:
“Our husband/father/grandfather/father-in-law, Jan Spreeman, was taken quickly by an aggressive form of lung cancer, leaving his family devastated.
We’ve seen many posts on Facebook about his passing and appreciate the thoughts and kindness expressed.”
Spreeman passed away Monday night. Memorial information will be found in coming days on the Bradshaw website.
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