Jerome Spieker, age 83, died peacefully Friday, January 22, 2021, in Keokuk, Iowa.
Visitation with the family present will be held on Friday, January 29 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM with a Prayer for the Christian Wake at 7:00 PM at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Norwalk.
A Mass for Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 30 at 10:00 AM at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Norwalk. Burial will immediately follow at the St. John Cemetery in Cumming, Iowa.
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Life Story of Jerome Spieker
Jerome Lawrence Spieker was born on July 28, 1937, to Lawrence & Viola (Steininger) Spieker in Templeton, Iowa. Growing up in Templeton, Jerry attended and graduated from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in 1955.
In the early 1970s, Jerry met the woman who would soon become his wife, Susan Woodford, at the Val Air Ballroom. In 1975, Jerry & Susan entered wedded bliss, thus establishing the Spieker family.
Throughout his life, Jerry worked as an Operator with the IBEWLU-55 where he was the recording secretary at their union meetings for over 20 years. Jerry was also a member of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church and was a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus at St. John's.
On January 22, Jerry passed from this world after a long illness in Keokuk, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence & Viola Spieker; sister Norma, and brothers, Duane & Larry.
Jerome will forever be remembered by his sons Lance (Jessica) Spieker and Kent Spieker; granddaughters Shelby and Kaylyn; great-granddaughter Eva; sisters Rosemary, Marilyn, Carol, Karen and Donna; and brothers Paul, Butch, and Randy.
In 1956 the Spiekers moved to a farm southwest of Manning. Lawrence and Viola farmed until 1975 and then moved into a home in Manning where Viola still lives. Prior to moving from the farm into town Viola got a part-time job at Manning General Hospital. She retired from that job at the age of eighty. Lawrence died on November 19, 1983. They were members of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manning.
The Spiekers were blessed with a family of six boys and six girls: Duane, Norma, Rosie, Jerry, Marilyn, Carol, Paul, LaVern "Butch," Karen, Larry, Donna, and Randy. The oldest four graduated from high school in Templeton and the rest graduated from Manning. For the first year after moving to the Manning farm the kids attended a rural school one mile from the farm. Marilyn was the first of the family to graduate from Manning High School in 1957.
Duane and his wife Audrey live in Shawnee, Kansas. They have seven children and fifteen grandchildren. Norma lives in Audubon with her husband Don Petersen. They have three daughters, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Rosie, the only Spieker to stay in Manning, married Roger "Blackberry" Vollstedt from Manning. They have six sons and ten grandchildren. Jerry and his wife Sue live in Norwalk, Iowa, and have two sons and three granddaughters. Marilyn married her high school sweetheart Richard Popp, also from Manning. They live in University Park, Florida and have two daughters, a son, and seven grandchildren. Carol lives in Vail, Iowa with her husband Joe Kral. They have two sons, two daughters and three granddaughters. Paul married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Bruck of Manning. They have a son, a daughter and two grandchildren and live in Castle Rock, Colorado. Butch married high school sweetheart Jackie Moore from rural Manning. They live in Renton, Washington and have two sons and five grandchildren. Karen married Leroy Wegner and lives in Warrensburg, Missouri. They have three daughters and two granddaughters. Larry and his wife Becky live in Moorhead, Minnesota. They have one son. Donna married Larry Mohr, her high school sweetheart. They live in Mesa, Arizona, and have three sons and two grandsons. Randy and his wife Melinda live in Tualatin, Oregon and have two daughters.
PFC Jerome Spieker 17477359
On January 10, 1957, Jerry left for Omaha, Nebraska, where he went through basic training. Then he flew out to Fort Ord, California, where he served with Echo Company, Fifth Infantry Division. He spent several months there training on various weapons such as M1 rifles, machine guns, and rocket launchers. Late in March, Jerry was sent to Fort Carson, Colorado, where he trained on the 155 Howitzer.
In the early part of October, he was sent to New Ulm, Germany, where he served with B Battery, 538 Field Artillery Battalion. While there they sharpened their skills on weaponry.
Jerry returned to the states in December of 1958, and returned home on December 24, 1958, with an Honorable Discharge.
Marilyn Spieker - MHS 1957
Carol Spieker - 1957 Junior float
Carol Spieker - MHS 1959
Paul Spieker - MHS 1961
Larry Spieker - MHS 1967
Prom 1964 Rose Nepple, Janis Mundt, Karen Spieker, Donna Wegner
Donna Spieker - MHS 1969
Kerry Lohrmann, Linda Graner, Dixie Baley, Donna Spieker 1963 Junior High cheerleaders