Spies, Peter Daniel
Peter was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on November 25, 1944, the son of Daniel Herman Spies and Betty Louise (nee Hall) Spies. A 1962 graduate of Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri, Peter graduated in 1968 with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Carroll College (now Carroll University) of Waukesha, Wisconsin. Later that year, he married Sharon Westergren in Chicago, Illinois, and together they had one son, David Spies. Peter first worked as a cartographer for Encyclopedia Britannica in Chicago and went on to teach social studies and coach wrestling at Clintonville (Wisconsin) Junior High School. He also served as Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 26 in Marion and Troop 28 in Clintonville. Later in life, Peter was employed by Parker Hannifin in Oshkosh, at one point with 850 days on the job with no lost time, retiring in 2010. Peter enjoyed nature, especially birdwatching. He will be remembered for being a very kind and curious person who would do anything to help anyone, especially children.
Peter is survived by his wife, Sharon Spies; son, David (Diane Drexler) Spies, Madison, WI; sister, Janet Spies, and nephew, Steven Spies, both in Columbia, MO. Peter was preceded in death by his parents.
A private family service will be held at a later date at Somo Cemetery, Tripoli, WI. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may make memorial donations to the International Crane Foundation of Baraboo, Wisconsin, or to a charity of your choice.