Randall M. Spurgin


Randall M. (Max) Spurgin was born June 30, 1949, in Bloomington.

He died May 6, 2015, while living in Madison, Connecticut.

He was married Nov. 22, 1980, to Sara Sinclair in Indianapolis in a civil service before Max and Mildred Spurgin, followed by small religious wedding in Madison, Connecticut, attended by Sinclair family and friends.

Second of nine children, born to Mildred and Max Spurgin of Indianapolis, he leaves behind his bereft families, both Spurgins and Sinclairs; his beloved mother, Mildred, and his mother-in-law, Marguerite Sinclair; his four brothers and their wives and children: Dr. Greg Spurgin and Rosie, Brad Spurgin and Eva, Mr. Steve Spurgin and Pam, Mr. Rod Spurgin and Julie, all of Indianapolis; his four sisters and husbands and children: Bev and Kurt Nitsch, Kim Pannell, Mindy and Tom Brooks, Sheila and Craig Fall, all of Indianapolis; and his two brothers-in-law and their families, Mr. Robert Sinclair of Cleveland, Ohio, and Mr. David Sinclair and Carol of Naples, Florida.

His grieving wife, Sara, has the comfort of knowing that she had the privilege of being married to the finest and most loving man in the world. He loved his nieces and nephews with all his heart. And they adored Randy!

He was an entrepreneurial/American man all the way — from his first job as a newspaper boy, to short order cook in the family restaurant and then into retail at Maling Shoe Store as manager.

He was quickly promoted to Chicago as regional manager troubleshooter. He loved books, so took jobs with B. Dalton Booksellers as manager. He also took a step up to buyer and manager at Ober Bookstore, where he and his wife met.

Random House came calling, and he became rep for them in Chicago (one of three most valuable territories at the time). He went on to become sales manager at Salem House and moved to Dover, New Hampshire, in 1981 or so.

He ventured out and with his wife built up the successful business of Spurgin & Sinclair Associates with several employees.

He recently moved to Madison, Connecticut, to aid his mother-in-law. He was always a man willing to help and give assistance to those in need. Always the entrepreneur, at the time of death, Randy working on creating a new business venture for him and Sara.

Randy lived life with zest and courage. He was a punster to the end -– a source of never-ending jokes — most of them corny! Randy was a Mason, Christian, an artist/illustrator (John Herron School of Art and published art work), a book lover (especially Tolkien, Conan stories, Heinlein, comics, Lindsay Davis, etc.), music lover (classical, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, he adored good vocals), crossword lover, beloved husband, son and uncle, traveler, kindest man on earth, great cook and soup maker, TV and film expert, and Jeopardy’s loss.

He made people smile and gave them some of his courage whenever they needed it. He will be sorely missed.

A service was held May 16 at Swan’s Funeral Home, 825 Boston Post Road, Madison, Connecticut. The service was conducted by Mr. Kurt Nitsch and Dr. Greg Spurgin. A memorial service will also take place May 31 at Southport Presbyterian Church, 7525 McFarland Blvd., Indianapolis, for family and friends. Showing will be at 1 p.m. May 31, and the service will be conducted by Pastor Bob Amon at 2 p.m.