Walter Spiess, a lifelong resident of Eagle River, died Feb. 17, 2014. He was 92.
Mr. Spiess was born Jan. 13, 1922, to John and Anna (née Wiebe) Spiess in Eagle River, where he was raised and attended schools.
He served in U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific, and married his wife, Shirley, Sept. 30, 1950, in Lombard, Ill. They owned and operated Florcraft in Eagle River from 1954 to 1986.
He was an active member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church and he helped to build Christ Lutheran School.
Mr. Spiess was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and the Eagle River Volunteer Fire Department.
His interests included restoring farm tractors, outdoor recreation and spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Sharon; his parents; four brothers, Charles, Arthur, Herman and Rudy; and one sister, Irma.
Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Pamela (Tom) Hill of Phelps, and Joan (John) Tijan of Eagle River; four sons, John (Jackie), and Paul, both of Eagle River, Mark of LaCrosse, Glenn (Cynthia) of Conover, and Philip (Giovanna) of South Jordon, Utah; one sister, Doris (Steve) Silber of Eagle River; two sisters-in-law, Doris of Cedarburg, and Margaret of Eagle River; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Feb. 24 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Eagle River.
Memorials to the church are appreciated by the family.
Condolences may be expressed at gaffney-busha.com.
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