Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Obituary - Jack Spieth

On Monday, a recently discovered 2nd cousin 2x removed passed away.  Jack and I exchanged a few emails sharing family history.  He also wrote a 50 page autobiography detailing his life which is a wonderful piece of Jack that survives.  Jack wrote in his memoir:  "I have had a magnificent wonderful life & merry-go-round on this ole earth”.  Rest in Peace.

Jack Spieth, of Merriam, passed away Monday, August 1, 2011, quietly at his home after breakfast.   Jack was born December 31, 1929, to the late Harold and Yola Spieth in Columbus, Kansas.  He helped his dad farm and make wheat harvest runs throughout the Wheat Belt in the 1940’s.  On July 22, 1948, Jack married Donna Moore in Columbus, Kansas. 

In 1952 he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and served in New Orleans, Louisiana and Ketchikan, Alaska.  He later attended the University of Kansas.  Jack and Donna moved to Merriam in 1957.  He worked as a mechanical engineer for Bendix and joined King Radio in 1968 designing aircraft instrumentation before retiring in 1989. 

Jack enjoyed golf with his buddies as recently as 6 weeks ago, hunting, walking his dog Paws, making toy windmills, which adore the home, eating Donna’s cooking, and even mowing the lawn.  He is preceded in death by his two brothers, Kenneth and Bill and sister Eudora. 

Jack is survived by his loving wife Donna, of 63 years and his son Dean Spieth and wife Lynn; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation and Funeral Service

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, August 4, 2011, at the Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee.  A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at 9 a.m., Friday, August 5, 2011, at the funeral home. 
[Obituary and Photo from The Amos Family Funeral Home's website: http://www.amosfamily.com/2011/08/jack-spieth-3/

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