On the morning of Sunday, December 5, 2021, Will Spies passed away of natural causes at the age of 87, peacefully and surrounded by his wife of 38 years, Opal Spies, and his loving family.
Will was born on April 19, 1934 in Hayes, Kansas, to Jacob and Anna Cecilia Spies. He was a brother to eight siblings. On November 14, 1956, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he worked as a medic for two years, and earned his honorable discharge on November 24, 1958. He attended many schools while working at the post office. He was employed by the United States Postal Service for 40 years, retiring as a Postmaster.
On December 22, 1983, he married Opal Evangalena Stout. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Anna Cecilia Spies; his sister Eleanora Ruby; and his brothers, John Spies, Clarence Spies and Jim Spies. In addition to Opal, he leaves behind his sisters, Mary Sheehan and Mildred Spies; his brothers, Robert Spies (Marilyn Spies) and Jerald Spies (Barbara Spies); his sisters-in-law, Bess Trevino and Lillian Miller; his daughter Constance (Connie) Spies; sons Joseph and Daniel Spies; step-sons Jesse (Randy) Jones and Jeffrey Jones; granddaughters Kezia Bohanon (Frank Bohanon Jr.) and Rhiannon Spies; grandsons Steven Spies (Christina Spies), Jeffery Paul Jones, and Jesse Jones (Cassie Jones); great-granddaughters Jessica Spies, Caitlynn Bohanon, and Julia Bohanon; and great-grandsons Jacob Bohanon, Sidney Jones, Cole Bohanon, and Braeden Spies.
Grampy has always loved spending time with family, feeding the deer, defending the local hummingbirds, working outside in the garage, watching his westerns, and using every medicine bottle as a container for various household items. He was an avid learner who loved to teach math tricks and play puzzle games. Grampy enjoyed playing chess and holding coin flipping competitions with the grandkids.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate Will’s life on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at the Meyers Northland Chapel in Parkville. Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. with a funeral service following at 5:00 p.m. A committal service with military honors will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday at Leavenworth National Cemetery.