Joseph Don Spinner

joseph spinner

Joseph Don Spinner was born on May 30, 1929, in Wiggins, Colorado.  He spent most of his childhood growing up on the farm.  At age 10 he moved to Denver to attend school.  He attended West High School and at age 17 joined the Navy.  He returned from the Navy at age 19 and married his sweetheart, Mary Lou Aluise.  They were married on November 6, 1948 and resided in Denver.
To this union were born two children, Larry Joseph in 1950 and JoAnna Marie in 1954.  Joe spent his years working as a certified welder for The Public Service Company of Colorado.  He was an avid fisherman.  He loved taking his family on vacations – especially to camp and fish.  Four-wheel driving through the back country of Colorado was always a highlight.  He loved animals and was always bringing home strays to make sure they found a home.  He enjoyed working with his hands and fixing everything – his co-workers called him “Mr. Perfect”.  He never missed the news and looked forward to watching football in the fall.  You would find Johnny Cash playing on his stereo.
He always provided for his family and was good at saving money… and was very ornery.  He was a wonderful grandfather to Sean and Dana and his great-granddaughter Kaylee; he was always there when they needed him.  Kaylee loved her great-grandfather.  She affectionately called him “Grandpa Dewpee”.
 Joe retired in 1986 after 38 years of service.  Upon entering retirement, he and Mary Lou traveled, spent time at the casinos and frequented Village Inn – their favorite place to eat!  “You could always get whatever you wanted to eat there.”  
He departed from this world on the morning of October 25, 2010, at the Julia Temple Nursing Home in Englewood, Colorado after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Eunice Spinner, his brother Frank Spinner, and son Larry Spinner.
He leaves to mourn his wife Mary Lou Spinner of Littleton, daughter JoAnna and husband Tommy Kennedy of Littleton, Sister Irene Kruse of Denver, grandson Sean and wife Bobbi Kennedy of Lochbuie, granddaughter Dana Kennedy and fiancé Clay Pfrangle of Lakewood, great-granddaughter Kaylee Kennedy of Aurora, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 29th at 11:30 a.m. at the Bullock Colonial Chapel in Englewood, Colorado.  Burial will be at Fort Logan Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado.



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