Interment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery of Emmetsburg.
Casket bearers will be Lauren Orr, Wayne Smith, Richard Naig, Gaylord Naig, Roger Daum and Larry Porath.
Spence passed away Thursday, April 5, 2007 at the Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg.
Arie, son of Martin and Wilhelmina (DeBrien) Bliek, was born June 3, 1924 in Rock Valley, Iowa. He attended school in Hudson, South Dakota. Spence was inducted into the United State Army in 1943 serving his country during WWII. He was honorably discharge in 1946.
On July 14, 1969 Spence was united in marriage to Josephine Kinnetz in Sioux Falls, S.D. Spence and Jo made their home in Emmetsburg where they owned and operated an upholstery business for 25 years. Spence designed and patented the Tonneau cover for pickup boxes. They also developed Putter's Paradise for the community which was an indoor miniature golf course. Prior to starting the upholstery business Spence had driven truck.
Spence was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church serving as an Elder and past financial secretary. He was a member of the American Legion in Graettinger and a life member of V.F.W. Post 2295 in Emmetsburg. He operated the Bingo Hall for six years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers: Gary and Marion Bliek.
Spence is survived by his wife, Josephine of Emmetsburg, IA; his children: Marcia Dirks of Gillett Grove Judy Reimersma and her husband, Hal of Sioux Center, Darlene Jones and her husband, Ron of Granbury, Texas, Ronald Bliek of Cherokee, Marilyn Mennesses and her husband, John of Webster City, Karen Smith and her husband, Randy of Linden, and Betty Jo Spooner and her husband, Harvey of Odebolt; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; a sister, Henrietta Pluim of Denver, Colo.; and sisters-in-law: Florence Lehner of Emmetsburg, Alma Wheeler of Emmetsburg, and Meta Bahr of Saint Marys, Kansas.
Arrangements are being handled by Martin-Mattice Funeral Home.