Jack Spinsby

of Midland, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, July 25, 2006
at the Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City at the age of 83

Jack McLain Spinsby was born January 25, 1923, at South Bend, Indiana, the son of John and Isabel (Myers) Spinsby. At the age of three, the family moved to a farm-ranch south of Midland where he grew up and received his education in rural schools before graduating from Midland High School in 1941.

As a young man he worked with his parents on the farm-ranch. In 1945 he entered the United States Army and served in the Aleutian Islands during WWII. After his discharge he returned to the family farm-ranch.

Jack was united in marriage to Dorothy Dale on June 30, 1950 in Rapid City, South Dakota. After their marriage they made their home on their present farm-ranch south of Midland.

Music was a big part of his life and as a young man he played Mandolin and guitar, and also played the saxophone in high school. In the late 1950’s throughout the 1960’s, he played with Eddie Kodet and the Cadets dance band where he played mainly saxophone and accordion, but also piano. Later he taught himself to play the trumpet and tuba. He was also a member of the Belvidere Polka Band for many years.

After his wife’s death on June 6, 2000, he continued to reside on the farm-ranch until retiring and moving into Midland in March 2004.

Jack was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and a member of the Lutheran Layman’s League and held various other offices in the church. He was a member of the Pedersen-Stoddard American Legion Post #144 of Belvidere.

Survivors include one son Russell Spinsby and his wife Gay of Midland; one daughter Dianne Bork and her husband Robert of Midland; three grandchildren Casey Dale Spinsby and his wife Janet, Marty McLain Spinsby, and Matthew Robert Bork; two great-grandchildren Xavier and Yesenia Spinsby; two sisters Ethel Freeman of Kadoka, and JoAnn Moyer of Tucson, Arizona; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife of nearly fifty years, Dorothy, Jack was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother Billy Spinsby.

Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. MDT, Friday, July 28, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church south of Midland, with Rev. Glenn Denke officiating.

Visitation was held one hour prior to the services at the church.

Interment was in the St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery.

Friday, July 28, 2006 10:00 a.m.
St. Peter Lutheran Church
Rural Midland, South Dakota
Pastor Glenn Denke
Karel Reiman – Organist
Congregational Hymns
"Blessed Assurance"
"What A Friend"
Grace DeVries
Mark Reiman – Jim Peters
Casey Spinsby – Marty Spinsby
Matthew Bork – George Anderson
Roger Dale – Mahlon Alcock
All Relatives and Friends in Attendance
St. Peter Lutheran Church
Midland, South Dakota
"The Broken Chain"
We little knew that morning that God
was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly,
in death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
you did not go alone;
For part of us went with you,
the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories,
your love is still our guide;
And though we cannot see you,
you are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same;
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.

Service Details

Friday, July 28, 2006 10:00 a.m.
St. Peter Lutheran Church
Rural Midland, South Dakota

Guest Book

Please accept our sincere sympathies on your loss. We will keep your family and Jack and Dorothy in our thoughts and prayers. A few thoughts to help you through this time: We always appreciated Jack and Dorothy making the trip to Minnesota for our wedding. Also, the year after Dorothy died, we received a Christmas card from Jack saying that he did not think he would ever get over her loss which was sad but also showed how much he loved her.
   ~ Bryan and Janet Freeman New Market, MN (7/25/2006)
You are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
   ~ Kathy Larson Hiawatha, IA (7/25/2006)
With great memories of a fine friend and neighbor...gone on to walk with Jesus and Dorothy. Our sympathy is extended to all of you.
   ~ Melvin, Clarice, and Jessie Roghair HC 74 Box 16, Okaton, SD 57562 (7/25/2006)
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
   ~ Harold & Ruth Foote Bonesteel, SD (7/25/2006)
In the late 60's while traveling from the Manderson SD area back to Ft. Yates ND, we ran a wheel off our one horse trailer 13 miles south of Midland SD.
Mr. Spinsby not knowing our family, was gracious enough to take our horse in after the trailer breakdown, no questions asked.
As a young man, Mr. Spinsbys willingness and desire to help, left an impression on me, that I have carried with me to this day!
My condolences, sympathy and prayers to the family of Mr. Spinsby as he was a man with a big heart.
I will never forget him!!

   ~ David "Tally" Plume Manderson, SD (7/25/2006)
Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your father and grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with at this time! God Bless! Jim and Marilyn
   ~ Jim and Marilyn (Gillaspie) Hoyt P.O. Box 106, Ft. Pierre, SD 57532-0106 (7/25/2006)
I remember Jack quite fondly from the years when I was in Belvidere and since moving up to the ranch. I am honored to be able to say that I played in a band with him. He was so talented. He was a valued customer, as well. I will miss his smile and cheery greetings. Our prayers are with the family.
   ~ Susan & Steve Van Tassel Midland, SD (7/25/2006)
I am so sorry to hear of Jack's passing. He was a very caring man. When I first got my divorce and moved back to Midland Dorothy and Jack were so helpful. They would always there to lend a hand or just check on the boys and I. When I got sick he went above and beyond the call and duty to help me, even though he didn't know me very well. I will miss Jack's friendly smile and "HELLO" at Midland's freeday. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless!!! Lacy, Blake and Braden Puhlman
   ~ Lacy, Blake, and Braden Philip, SD (7/25/2006)