Spoehr, Bryce R.
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Bryce Richard Spoehr, age 89, Black Creek, died unexpectedly on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at his home. Bryce was born on December 30, 1922 in the Town of Maine to the late Leland W. and Nola (Hogoboom) Spoehr. He graduated from Shiocton High School with the class of 1940 winning 9 varsity letters and was captain of the boxing team. On April 5, 1945, he was united in marriage to Ellen McGlone at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Appleton. The couple enjoyed 64 years together until her death in 2009. Bryce worked most of his life as a heavy equipment mechanic. He worked at Ray's Tire, J.O. Johnson, Inc, and Allis (Chalmers) Boliden - retiring in 1990.
Bryce was Co-President of the St. Joseph Home School Association, member of the Holy Name Society, Fox River Racing club - including past President, St. Mary Adult Choir, the Resurrection Choir, and a faithful member of St. Mary Catholic Church. He was an avid deer hunter, enjoyed his land and his home, loved driving his race car #78 - retiring from racing when he was as old as the number on his car, and was able to cross off the last thing on his "bucket list" after his trip to Alaska.
He will be sadly missed by his 13 sons and daughters: Sharon (Neil) Halbach, Anoka, MN, Dale (Linda) Spoehr, Colorado Springs, CO, Patricia Lee, Menasha, Ruth Bradley, Iowa City, IA, Charles "Chuck" (Kathleen) Spoehr, Appleton, Roger Spoehr, Kaukauna, Ronald (Julie) Spoehr, Appleton, Rosan (Rick) Zahn, Stevens Point, Gary (Lee Ann) Spoehr, Appleton, Mary Ellen (David) Julien, Greenville, Jeffery (Joanne) Spoehr, Neenah, Leland (Peggy) Spoehr, Neenah, and Karen (Tony) Allard, Green Bay; 36 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Sr. Goretti McGlone, Brookfield, WI. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife Ellen, his parents, 2 brothers and their wives: Leigh (Eleanor) and Keith (Gladys); 3 sisters and their husbands: Judy (Ray) Henrickson, Nanette (Derold) Bohren, and Rachel (Wendell) Pues; daughter -in-law Rochelle (Shelly) Spoehr, and son-in-law Robert Bradley.
A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 31, 2012 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 312 S. State St., Appleton with Father James Leary OFM Cap. officiating. Friends may visit TODAY from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel. There will be no visitation at church on Monday. Interment will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Outagamie County Sherriff's Department and Dive Team, and the Town of Center Fire and Rescue Department for the gentle care of Dad and support to our family.
Dad - you are so loved!
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Dec. 29 to Dec. 30, 2012