Richard E. Spies (1941 - 2017)

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Richard E. Spies, 75 resident of Parkville, Maryland, died peacefully on Monday, January 2, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving wife, daughter, and both granddaughters. Born on June 9, 1941 in Baltimore, MD he was the son of the late Phillip Edward and Anna Wells Spies. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 53 years, Ellen Fundis Spies. Richard graduated from City College in Baltimore and attended Baltimore Junior College. He worked in the banking industry for most of his career and became a bank examiner and assistant bank commissioner with the State of MD, banking supervisor. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. In the mid-1980s he was set-apart as a Deacon, in the Order of St. Stephen Deacon in the Maryland Synod, LCA. He faithfully served the church in the following ministries; St. Andrew's Lutheran in Parkville, University of MD Hospital (chaplain), Holy Comforter in Govans, St. Philip's Lutheran in Baltimore, and St. Abrahams Lutheran Church in Hampstead until his retirement in 2015. He coached little-league baseball and was an avid Civil War history buff. Surviving in addition to his wife are daughter, Stefanie Ellen Spies and husband Steven Walter of Parkville; son, Jeffrey Richard Spies of Ocean City, MD; granddaughters, Abigail Carrie Spies and Bethany Ellen Spies; brother, Ronald Edward Spies, Sr. of N.Y.; niece, Virginia "Ginger" Spies and nephew, Ronald E. Spies, Jr., also of N.Y. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. noon on Friday, January 6, 2017 (Epiphany of our Lord) at Christ Lutheran Church, 16530 Trenton Church Rd., Upperco, MD 21155 with the Rev. Michael C. Adams officiating. Interment will follow in St. Abrahams Lutheran Church Cemetery in Hampstead. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 4th from 1-5 p.m. and on Thursday, January 5th from 6-9 p.m. at the MYERS-DURBORAW FUNERAL HOME, 91 Willis St. Westminster, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community of St. Dysmas, c/o: Salem Lutheran Church 905 Frederick Rd., Baltimore, MD 21228.



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Published in Carroll County Times on Jan. 4, 2017
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