Carl ‘Mike’ Spradlin

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Carl Michael “Mike” Spradlin, passed away on Feb. 25, 2018, age 65, after a long struggle with COPD. Mike was born Nov. 7, 1952 to Julia and Carl Spradlin; a perfect little angel with just enough devil to make life interesting. His quick wit, unending sense of humor, and a glint in his eye and a silly smirk, all served him well in life.

Mike was the only boy in the family and had five sisters: Roberta, Karen, Tania Spradlin, Marcella, and Shannon Mainwaring. He grew up in Great Falls, and graduated from C.M. Russell High School. After high school, Mike enlisted in the Army Reserves and Army National Guard.

Mike had started training for his lifelong occupation of retail meat cutting while in high school; he cut meat for the next 45 plus years. He started in Great Falls before moving to Havre to manage the meat department with Gehlen’s IGA; eight years. On the move again in 1984, Mike worked with Gehlen’s IGA in Lewistown, finishing his meat cutting career with Lewistown’s Albertson’s.

Although cutting meat was his daily job, his true love was building, fixing, tinkering and working with anything mechanical. Working with his hands was pure joy. There was very little he couldn’t fix or figure out how it worked. Who else, at a young age, would stuff spiders in his cap gun to shoot at his sisters and have it work?

His mother Julia and step-father Mick exposed Mike to many creative activities to keep him occupied. He learned every aspect of making ceramics; start to finish from Mom’s ceramic shop. The family raised a variety of small animals, fish and birds, for the local pet store; plus raised purebred champion Dachshund dogs and helped out with training and riding horses with Mick.

In 1973, Mike met Patty. They fell in love and were married in 1974. Their two boys, Patrick Michael and Brian James, came soon after; both with their dad’s brains, abilities, the love of knowledge, and the curiosity to know how things work.

There was nothing that he wouldn’t try to do, from fixing a car, lawn equipment or any other household appliance. He: could sew, embroider, carve wood, paint (car and canvas), work with stained glass, build a grandfather clock, refurbish a piano, enjoyed hunting, fishing, and anything else that struck his fancy.

His latest interests were with clock collecting and building, refrigeration repair, and creating and flying remote control airplanes. He obtained his HVAC license and started a business repairing refrigeration and heating equipment part time. Besides his family, building and flying the remote control planes was what he enjoyed the most.

Mike is preceded in death by both of his parents. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Patty; son, Patrick; son, Brian and his wife, Carrie; their beautiful children, Alula Rae and Coris Ailia; step-father, Mick Mainwaring; sisters, Roberta (Dana), Karen, Tania (Jeff), Marcella (Rocky), and Shannon (John); and a number of nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at the Creel Funeral Home Chapel with a reception to follow at the Elks Club.

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Mike’s family and friends can share condolences and memories at



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