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Bill Spindler - March 28, 2014


William “Bill” Murray Spindler was born Jan. 24, 1943. He died March 28, 2014.

His family belonged to St. Therese Catholic Church in Aurora, as did his future wife’s family, which is where the two families knew each other.

Bill graduated from Aurora Central High School in 1961. He joined the Army as a communications specialist and was sent overseas. When he returned on leave, he asked Jeannie Kellogg to be his wife, and they married in 1966 and spent the first 18 months of their marriage in Japan.

When his tour of duty was completed, Bill moved back to Colorado and eventually moved his new family to Holyoke, where he owned and operated Spindler Lumber for close to 35 years.

Bill belonged to the Lions Club for just about as long. Bill enjoyed the companionship and working different events with other Lions Club members. He was a strong believer in buying local, keeping as much money in the community as possible so everyone could enjoy the success of being a business in Holyoke.

Bill enjoyed the sport of golf above all other sports! Being a member of the Holyoke Golf Club was one of the highlights of his life. He lived to play golf. He enjoyed playing with Brian Anderson, Dave Nygaard, Pete Markle, Gil Konecne and others.

Most recently, he hooked up with Mark and Tootie Smith. He said Tootie cleaned their plows most days, and he enjoyed the camaraderie and razzing that took place—as it does with all players as they kid about their shots, good or bad.

Bill enjoyed fishing, too, as long as Jeannie put on the bait and cleaned and cooked the fish!

Bill also loved trains; he had a 75-foot-by-25-foot room in his basement dedicated to his model trains, complete with a 75-foot mountain scene mural painted by his wife Jeannie. This train setup was something to behold—he had numerous trains running at the same time through tunnels and up and down hills. The locomotives’ whistles blew and lights flashed as the trains changed tracks, just like they do in real life.

Bill was competitive in all he did, and that was no different in the card games he played. He played with several couples who took turns playing bridge, poker and pitch at each other’s homes. He loved card games and the folks he played with, some of them being Gary and Carol Krumm, Byron and Nancy Prottsman, and Byron Newth, as well as others.

Bill and Jeannie had two daughters: Shannon, who married Noel Black, and they reside in Rutledge, Tenn.; and Coleen Spindler, who attends nursing school in San Antonio, Texas.

Bill enjoyed the company of his family and would go to great lengths to entertain his great-nieces Kylene and Shelby Freel on the Fourth of July. They drove him around the golf course in his new cart, played croquet and ate ice cream, then sat back and oohed and aahed over the fantastic fireworks in Holyoke.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Murray and June Spindler.

Bill is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jeanne E. Spindler; daughters, Shannon and husband Noel Black and Coleen Spindler; brothers, Bob Spindler and wife Kathy Clark of California and Barry Spindler of Denver; sister, Melanie and husband Bob Patridge of Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law, Peggy King, Patty Freel and Mary Gotto; and brothers-in-law, Bob Kellogg and Mike Kellogg.

After selling his lumber yard in late 2013, Bill was looking forward to retiring with Jeannie and playing lots of golf. Instead, he took ill and was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a disease of the lungs that is not genetically passed down, environmentally caused or contagious. This is a disease that cannot be successfully treated, the cause is not known, and there is no known cure.

Hospice of the Plains of Wray came to assist Jeannie in the total care of Bill. Jeannie was with Bill every day and night. As she tucked Bill in Thursday night, March 27, for the last time on earth … Bill woke up in heaven Friday morning, March 28.

Bill Spindler’s memorial rosary was scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, and his Memorial Mass was scheduled for 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 3 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Father Bill Jungmann officiating.

Baucke Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.