David A. Spaeth

David A. Spaeth, 71, of Jackson passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2006 at the Samaritan Health Center in West Bend from complications from Alzheimerís disease.

David was born in the town of Polk on Sept. 2, 1934, a son of the late Lawrence Sr. and Margaret (nee Melder) Spaeth and married Donna J. Kruepke on May 7, 1955 at Holy Angels Church in West Bend.

David is survived by his wife of 51 years, Donna; and their children, Debbra Spaeth of Jackson, Dawn and Kevin Radloff and their children, Allison and Bryce of Hustisford, Dean and Laura Spaeth and their children, Colin and Emily of Prescott, Ariz. and Nick Spaeth of Bellingham, Wash., Dale and Judy Spaeth and their children, Jessica and Eric of West Bend, Denise and Jeff Helbing and their children, Nathan and Jordan of Wrights-town and Duane and Tracy Spaeth and their child, Connor, of West Bend.

David is further survived by his sisters and brothers, Rita Beder, Millie Theisen, Ethel (Joe) Weninger, Irene (Fritz) Schel-linger, Joe (Betty) Spaeth, Chuck (Barbara) Spaeth, Eddie (Patty) Spaeth, Lawrence (Alice) Spaeth, Michael Spaeth and Daniel (Mary) Spaeth; his brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Earl and Delores Kruepke and Annette Kruepke and other family and friends.

David was a carpenter for more than 40 years. He passed on his skill with woodworking to his sons and grandsons.

David enjoyed spending time with his family and especially the grandchildren who were the light of his life.

He enjoyed attending sports activities and school programs for all the children. He also enjoyed traveling, attending the theater and eating out.

The entire Spaeth family was involved in ballooning and for 25 years, David was "the propane man" for local, national and world balloon events around the Midwest.

He and Donna were awarded the Al Boston Spirit of Ballooning Award and the Wisconsin Balloon Group Service Award for their contributions to the sport of ballooning.

A celebration of Davidís life will take place Monday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home in Jackson with a visitation period from 5-7:45 p.m.

Following Davidís diagnosis with Alzheimerís, he and his family have supported the annual Alzheimerís Walk held each October. Memorials to the Alzheimerís Association are appreciated.

Davidís family would like to thank the nursing staff at the Aurora Health Center in Hartford, the Samaritan Health Center in West Bend and the 1022 Club in Hartford for the kind and loving support given to David.