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  • Oct 4, 2011 4:51pm

    This is a great idea about the scholarship.  A wonderful way to help students and keep Dan's name alive.
    I dreamed of Dan night before last.  At the end I turned to wave goodbyeto you, Melissa.  Dan and the kids were standing with you.  He wasperfectly well.  I guess I'm still trying to make sense of all this.I know he is okay though.  The funeral was magnificent.  All the tributes were wonderful and I think Clyde Ruffin just outdid himself on the sermon.
    Much love,,Marsha Miller

    Marsha Miller

  • Oct 3, 2011 3:20pm

    Benefit for Dan's Family  Saturday October 8th at
    Belmont Vineyards and Winery 5860 Old Highway 66 Leasburg, MO 65535   Time : 4:00 thru 9:00
    If have any questions or for details on donations or volunteering please call 314-800-7832

    Christy Hall

  • Oct 3, 2011 12:22am

    Sending my most sincere condolences to your family.  Dan was an inspiration to all who knew him.  A compassionate soul full of humor and wisdom.  I will miss his presence on this earth.  
    Just the other day I thought about 'Shatner Hour' in the theater tech shop and our talks about love, family, and freedom.  Dan's love and respect for your family is inspirational and a guiding light.  He is greatly missed and will always be remembered.

    Tiffany Freer

  • Sep 30, 2011 11:55am

    Hey Dan, I am going to miss you very much. I alway found our conversations and encounters to be wonderful and illuminating. I will miss you being on the planet. You are one of the good people that keep the world spinning in perfect harmony. I am sad and glad for you. You are an example of a strong man in my life. I hope to see you again in this life or the next, I am sure our paths will cross.



    noah spaeder

  • Sep 30, 2011 10:31am

    Dan was a great teacher and mentor. We enjoyed his time here at Missouri State and know that he will be greatly missed in Columbia.

    Missouri State University  Dept of Theatre & Dance

    Cynthia Winstead

  • Sep 30, 2011 7:04am

    In honor of Dan Springer

    Patrick Rishe

  • Sep 29, 2011 9:23pm

    From one old hay hauler to another, I miss you, Dan.  Thanks for the friendship and advice over the years.  To your entire family, you are in my thoughts.  Danny was just a great guy- I'm honored to have known him.

    Mark Smith

  • Sep 29, 2011 5:00pm

    How I loved working with Dan in the Chameleon Puppet Theatre.
    His great talent for design and his indomitable spirit always lifted our productions  to a higher level. But more than his work, I have long believed that Dan is an angel come to earth to teach us all gentleness and humility and love love love. Dan lived well and was a Fine Human Being in this incarnation. We are all blessed to have been in his circle of friends and family.  Goddess Speed and Fare thee well, Dan, on to your journey home.  Nancy and Nick Spaeder

    nancy spaeder

  • Sep 29, 2011 3:24pm

    You will be in our thoughts this weekend.  We will be traveling to Louisville, KY for a little theatre and a lot of art. 

    Dan was a special person who became an important part of the MU Theatre program.  He will be missed!

    Helen Atkinson

  • Sep 29, 2011 2:50pm

    Melissa, Kate, Emily, Paul and all family members,

    My heart goes out to each one of you.  There really are no words to say at a time of great pain and sorrow.  Just know that I'm holding you tight and all of you are in my prayers.

    Like so many my memories are from our wonderful time spent at SMSU in the early to mid 80's.  You and Dan are in many of those.  Like very few others Dan was magic.  I loved working with him on the shows.  My sides would hurt from laughter.  I bright shining star who is watching over us all.

    M RAY

  • Sep 29, 2011 1:37pm

    Melissa and family:
    I just saw the arrangements.  I'll be there.Bless you all at this difficult time.
    Marsha Miller

    Marsha Miller

  • Sep 29, 2011 11:45am

    Melissa and family,

    I'm so very very sorry to read of Dan's passing.  It was clear that he traveled the road of treatment over the last couple of years with strength, determination, and the love of a family he cherished.  While it's been many, many years since working with Dan, I still have memories of him chuckling as I wielded a hammer, banging away on a set piece, doing more damage than good.  His laughter, humor and patience made scene construction during those hot Tent summers bearable.  My thoughts and prayers will be with you as you face the days ahead.


    Sharon Kesler Chalmers

  • Sep 29, 2011 9:33am


    Dear Melissa and family,

    We are so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers, and we grieve along with you.

    Tina told me on a walk last night and my first thought was "What a wonderful guy." What a heart. Our lives are so much richer for having known him. He's the kind of guy you hope your kids turn out to be like. An extraordinary man.

    Our prayers are with you. Much love from all of us to all of you.

    Peter, Tina and the Watson family



    Peter Watson

  • Sep 29, 2011 9:08am

    Melissa and Family,

    By reading all the journals it was clear that you and Danny were soulmates and cherished each other. Your strength for him has been amazing. We know he will always be looking over you and all of us who knew and loved him. Your family is in my prayers.

    Rhonda (Lambing) Lawrence

  • Sep 29, 2011 8:29am

    I'm so sorry.  Sincerest condolences to you and all the family; everyone who knew Dan will miss him very much.  He has been an inspiration always, and never more than in these last two + years.

    Adrianne Adderley

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