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Robert ‘Bob’ Spiess PDF Print E-mail

Robert “Bob” Spiess, age 89, a longtime resident of Conover, Wis., joined the love of his life, Barbie, up in Heaven on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at UW-Madison Hospital in Madison, Wis.

He was born on May 29, 1923, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Gustav and Gussie Spiess.

He married his wife, Barbara Schmelter, on Dec. 2, 1944, in San Diego, Calif.

Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, best friend, living angel and craftsman.

He loved to visit Ontonagon, Mich., and Lake Superior. He enjoyed wildlife and the North Woods’ seasons. He especially loved his nature walks, swimming and splitting wood.

He was a devout Catholic and member of St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Land O’ Lakes.

Bob served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He is survived by children, Kathryn (Dave) Cimmermancic of Burlington, Wis., Thomas (Mary Helen) Spiess of Watertown, Wis., Mary Ellen Arndt Spiess of Phelps, Wis., Peter (Linda) Spiess of Palmyra, Wis., and Maggie Spiess of Conover; grandchildren, Jeremy, Anthony, Abrahm, Becky, Zach, Natalie, Melissa, Patrick, Todd, Gretchen, Ben and Brady; great-grandchildren, Evalyn and Vinny; other family, many friends and his dogs, Annie and Myra.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2013, at St. Albert’s Catholic Church in Land O’ Lakes, Wis. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials to veteran charities are appreciated by the family.

The Spiess family wishes to thank the community for their continued friendship and support.

Condolences may be expressed online at


Tuesday, March 05, 2013 8:55 PM

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