Joseph Spinler, Jr

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Joseph F. Spinler, Jr 1949-2023

Age 73, of Medford passed away on Monday, January 2, 2023, at Aspirus Medford Hospital.

A Celebration of Joe’s Life will be held by family at a later date.

Joseph was born on October 14, 1949, in Rome, NY to Joseph and Eleanor (Curtis) Spinler. His family then located to Antigo where he spent his childhood before moving to Southern Wisconsin to finish school. He took a sheet metal class and started a career in metal finishing. He was an active member of The Kenosha Kingsmen drum and bugle color guard. He later moved to Medford where he met Patricia Miller. On March 21,1995, he was united in marriage to Patricia in Las Vegas. They then bought and operated a supper club in Southern Wisconsin before moving to Spencer in 2005. After retirement, Joe became “Ala Joe” or “Mr. Ala Carte” at the Marshfield High School, working with the kids was a job he loved. He and Pat moved back to Medford in 2020.

He loved gardening, going fishing and hunting. He enjoyed playing a game of pool or darts and he loved bowling. He was also interested in birdwatching. He and Pat enjoyed camping in their trailer on Mayflower Lake where they had a permanent campsite. Joe was a huge fan for his grandkids at sports games and enjoyed cheering them on.

Those who will cherish his memory include his loving wife, Patricia; his children, Joseph (Melissa) Wayne, Lance Spinler, Candice (Jared) Jefferis and his bonus children, Matthew Miller, Jeff (Julie) Miller and Tina Miller; his grandchildren, Christopher Hendrix, Josh Irving, Aiden Bloomer, Riley Spinler, Luke Wayne, Samantha (Adam) Bosacki, Victoria (Derek) Pfughoeft, Matthew Miller, Jr., Gina Miller, Jed Miller and Brecca Miller; his great-grandchildren, Lily, Xavier and Caden Hendrix and Little Joey Pfughoeft (named for big grandpa, Joe). He is further survived by his siblings, Gary (Barb) Spinler, Judy Terlecki, Linda (Bill) Soloman, Erwin (Cheri) Spinler, Bryon (Sue) Spinler, Brenda (Kevin) Mooney, Richard (Maggie) Spinler, Mary (Ken) Jorgensen, Sherry (Chad) Williams, Debby (Bob) Dwyer and Danny Storey; his aunt, Jane Carlson along with 41 nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Eleanor Spinler, Sr.; his uncles, Curly, Sonny, Bud and Corky Curtis and Richard and Paul Spinler; his aunt, Yvonne; nephews, Scott Spinler and Brandon Storey and bonus son, Tony Miller.

If desired, the family is accepting memorials in Joe’s name for a charity to be determined.

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1949 - 2023

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