Joseph Spegal

Joseph R. Spegal of Kettle Falls was born Jan. 15, 1941 and died June 19, 2013. Joseph R. Spegal (Joe) was the son of Theresa (Tess) Hamilton and Charles Spegal. Joe is lovingly survived by his wife of 13 years, Karol Spegal at the home; daughters, Yvonne (Jerry)Lawrence, Kettle Falls; Myrna (Ken) Rosand, Federal Way; Lisa (Don) Hart, Springdale; Judy Spegal, Airway Heights; Robin (Shane) Dobson, Battle Ground; Wendy Spegal, Vancouver, and a son, Rod (Rania) Spegal, Deer Park. He is also survived by Karol’s three children and their spouses, Shane (Dawn) Shreves, Oregon City, OR; Melissa Traylor, Beaverton, OR; and Debbie (Dave) Davis-Taylor, Aberdeen. Also included as his survivors are his sister, Veda Himes, Spokane, and a brother, David Spegal, Colville. He is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lillian Spegal; by mother, Theresa (Tess) Amy Hamilton; by his father, Charles William Spegal; by a brother, Charles Spegal, and by a sister, Teddy Pruessler. Joe graduated from Kettle Falls High School in 1960. After that he proudly joined the United States Navy and finished his enlistment in 1964. He then met and married Lillian Flett-Spegal and was married to her until the time of her death in 1998. During his marriage to Lillian, he worked in Spokane at Crane Supply, leased and operated the Phillips 66 in Kettle Falls, and then was boiler man at Plum Creek/Stimson mill. Joe retired from Plum Creek/Stimson in 2011. To pass time during retirement, Joe was caretaker for Meyers Falls Cemetery. In the year 2000, he married his second wife, Karol Supan-Spegal. They were married until the time of his death. Joe was also a member of the American Legion Post 146. Joe worked hard to provide for his loved ones and lived an honest and patriotic life. He was a very loving and faithful husband. He was a strong, yet gentle father who stood by his children through good times and bad times. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were his life and his eyes sparkled when they were near. Besides camping, Joe also loved to sit on his back porch, watching the birds and looking up at Gold Hill. The funeral mass for Joseph R. Spegal is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26, 11 a.m., at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Kettle Falls. Ash internment will follow at the Meyers Falls Cemetery. A potluck reception will follow, after the burial of ashes, at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church.