Paul Eugene Spiker, 87, of Burlington, died at 9:30 PM Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.
Born July 2, 1929, in Burlington, he was the son of Forrest and Ruth Fielty Spiker. Paul was married to Geraldine Dopler and later divorced.
Paul attended classes in the Burlington School System. He did not graduate but went back and got his G.E.D.
He was in the Army from March 27, 1951 to March 27, 1953. After basic training in Indiana, he was sent to Germany where he was in the "Tank Corp", first as a gunner, then as a driver. He was discharged as a Sergeant. Paul said he never had to pull "KP" duty.
Paul worked for Iowa Southern Utilities from 1947 until 1963. He also worked for 30 years at the Burlington Case Company.
He enjoyed golfing and fishing. He used to deer hunt a lot in Missouri but decided he just didn't like killing them anymore. He liked making eagle sculptures from wood and plastic. Paul was a past member of the Moose and Eagles Clubs. He was a lifetime member of the North American Hunting Club. He loved animals, especially all his dogs, cats and birds he took care of over the years.
Survivors include his three sons, Michael Paul (Ann Marie) Spiker of Woodstock, GA, twins, Ronnie James (Judy) Spiker of Burlington, Randy Forrest (Nora) Spiker of Burlington; one daughter, Susan (Brett) Flake of Gladstone, IL; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, three half-brothers, Richard, Warren, and Zachary Kuster, and one half-sister Elsie Kuntz.
Visitation will be from noon until 7:00 PM with the family to receive friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Friday, April 21, 2017 at Prugh~Thielen Funeral Home. Cremation will be entrusted to the care of Prugh~Thielen Crematory following the visitation
A memorial has been established for the P.A.W. Animal Shelter in Fort Madison.