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James E. Spanier, 77, of Mendota died at 4:14 a.m. Feb. 2, 2014, in Mendota Lutheran Home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Schwarz Funeral Home, Mendota, with a Mass at 10:30 a.m. in Holy Cross Church, Mendota. The Rev. Tom Otto will officiate. Burial will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Mendota.
Visitat-ion will be 3-8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home with the rosary at 2:45 p.m.
James was born May 29, 1936, in Mendota to Gilbert and Dorothy (Frank) Spanier. He married Joyce Heinzroth on June 1, 1957, in Holy Cross Church.
He owned and operated Spanier Electric. He was a member of Holy Cross Church where he served as a lector and extraordinary minister. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
As a licensed pilot, he was involved with the Young Eagles Flying Program, taking up more than 400 young people to introduce them to flying.
James was a member of Mendota Moose, Mendota Lions Club and was a past exalted ruler of the Mendota Elks, where he then served as a trustee.
He was fire and police commissioner in Mendota and was a life member of the National Rifle Association.
Survivors are his wife, Joyce of Mendota; three sons, Jeff (Susan) Spanier of Mendota, Jerry Spanier of Corpus Christi, Texas and Joel (Patti) Spanier of Rockford; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bob (Pam) Spanier of Byron and Joseph (Diane) Spanier of Mendota; two sisters, Marilyn Neff and Bernice Spanier, both of Mendota; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to American Cancer Society or Mendota Elks Crippled Children’s Fund.
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