Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.
Mr. Spiess passed way Thursday, June 23, 2011, at Spencer Hospital.
Kenneth William Spiess was born on Dec. 27, 1914, to Henry and Elizabeth (Patterson) Spiess on a farm west of Knoke.
Kenneth started school at Lincoln Lee County School through the eighth grade. At that time, the family moved to Webb, where he graduated from Webb High School in 1933. Ken drove a snowplow for the county and later for the railroad. Work was hard to find so he worked for room and board. Ken worked for his uncle, John Patterson, helping him measure land for the government and farming. He also worked for George Higgins at the Webb Oil Station and drove truck for Ed Weber. He was eager to learn and worked hard.
On Nov. 30, 1940, Ken married Lillian Gunnarson at high noon at her parents' home in Truesdale. They farmed in the Webb area and belonged to Grace Lutheran Church in Marathon.
On May 17, 1942, a daughter, Emmy Lou, was born. A son, John, was born on April 27, 1950.
Ken and Lillian moved to Spencer in 1975. They enjoyed many good times while wintering in Mesa, Ariz. They belonged to Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencer and were very active in the activities there.
Kenneth was blessed with the ability to fix almost anything or manufactured a way to fix things.
In 1968, he started his many surgeries and treatments for his long battle with cancer. He maintained a positive attitude throughout all his struggles and was always more concerned about his family and devoted wife. He was very proud of his children and loved to spend time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ken is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Russell Spiess, and a sister, Dorothy Ferdin.
He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Lillian; daughter Emmy Lou and husband, Cal Ball, of Knoxville; son, John and wife, Julie Spiess, of Spencer; grandsons Greg Ball and wife, Julie, of Knoxville, Brad Ball of Las Vegas, Nev., Chris Spiess and wife, Dina, of Old Bridge, N.J., Jay Spiess of Hopkins, Minn.; granddaughters Tracy and husband, Jay Meade, of Tucson, Ariz., Janelle and husband, John McEntee, of Spencer; great-grandchildren Jessica and husband, Brandon Winter, of Hubbard, Chad Ball of Clear Lake, Chelsey Chase and Cassidy Meade of Tucson, Ariz., Matthew and Olivia Spiess of Old Bridge, N.J., Avery and Alayna McEntee of Spencer; many other relatives and friends.
Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.