William Spitzmiller

Monday, June 27, 2011

William E. Spitzmiller, 77, of Cape Girardeau died Saturday, June 25, 2011, at The Lutheran Home.

He was born Oct. 22, 1933, in St. Louis to William and Dorothy Phillips Spitzmiller.

He and Ethel Fay Dobyns were married in 1981 at Poplar Bluff, Mo.

William was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in Korea. He was a sheet metal worker out of St. Louis and later was promoted to director of organization for sheet metal workers out of Washington, D.C., retiring in 1991.

He was a member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church.

Survivors include his wife, Ethel Spitzmiller, Cape Girardeau; five sons; two brothers, Henry Spitzmiller of St. Louis and Walt Spitzmiller of Florida, 14 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Chapel. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel, with the Rev. Mark Martin officiating.

Graveside services will follow at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bloomfield Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo., with full military honors by the Missouri Honors Team.

Memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Humane Society of Southeast Missouri.

Online condolences may be made at www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.