Jo Rice Spiller, Jr.
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March 25, 1920 -
November 7, 2013
Fourth generation Houstonian, Jo Rice Spiller, Jr. went to his heavenly family after 93 years on this Earth.
A proud graduate of San Jacinto High School and Texas A&M University '41, Mr. Spiller was a veteran of WWII having served as a Naval Lieutenant and officer of the deck on the USS Saratoga and USS Intrepid.
Mr. Spiller was elected to the Council of Bellaire serving two terms, 1952-1956 during which time he authored the city's first long range plan. He was a member of many organizations and president of the Bellaire A&M Club, Houston Engineer Society and San Jacinto chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. He and other members of St. Luke's Methodist Church worked tirelessly for many years to make wooden pull toys to distribute to children who wouldn't have a toy otherwise at Christmas. As a member of Houston Yacht Club, Mr. Spiller and his family raced their sailboat, Esperanza, on Galveston Bay.
Mr. Spiller was highly talented as an artist and architect. He was architect for St. Mathew's Episcopal Church (now San Mateo) in Bellaire. He was a loving husband and father who's life revolved around his family and church.
Preceeded in death by his parents Elsie and Rice Spiller, his sister Lida Spiller Browder, and wife Catherine Horan Spiller, Mr. Spiller is survived by his wife Danny Moyer Spiller, daughter Sandy Peck, and niece Elsie Geiselman Edge and husband Bob. He also leaves his granddaughter, Wendi Peck Owen, husband Keith, 2 greatgrandchildren, Cooper and Emily Owen, 2 great nephews, Rob and Michael Edge. Also surviving are stepdaughter Lynne and Forrest Dugger, their son Brennan and wife Ammie, children Andrew, Liam, Brody and stepson Randy Moyer, wife Jolene, their children Bryan, Jacob, Briar.
Service is Tuesday, November 12 , 1:00 PM in the Chapel at St. Luke's UMC, 3471 Westheimer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Texas A&M Corp of Cadets or St. Luke's UMC (Wood Shop fund).
Published in Houston Chronicle on Nov. 10, 2013