Robert Spires, Jr. - January 02, 2012

Robert Spires, Jr., 87, of York, formerly of Exeter, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 in Lincoln.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 6, at the First United Methodist Church in York with Pastor Art Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in York. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursday at Metz Mortuary in York, with the family receiving friends from 7- 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.metzmortuary.com.
He was born Aug. 16, 1924, in Clarks, to Robert and Nettie I. (Ernst) Spires. He graduated from Clarks High School. He served in the United States Army during World War II.
On Nov. 18, 1947, he was married to Donna Mae Land in Central City.
He retired, as a trooper with the Nebraska State Patrol after 27 years of service. He then worked for the Nebraska Public Service Commission, from which he retired after 10 years of service.
He was previously a member of the Exeter United Methodist Church and was a current member of the First United Methodist Church in York. He was a lifelong member of the American Legion. He enjoyed gardening, bird watching and spending time with his family.
He is survived by one son, Spencer Spires of York; four daughters, Vicki Kopsa of Lincoln, Kathy (Dennis) Volkmer of York, Sheila (Thomas) Ekeler of York, and Michele (Jerry) Woollen of Lincoln; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Eileen Hansher of Columbus, Beverly Schuele of Columbus; and two brothers, Tom (Pat) Spires of Clarks, Dennis (Charlene) Spires of Atwood, Kan.
He was preceded in death by his wife, one infant grandson, one infant granddaughter, one infant great-grandson, two brothers and one sister.

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