John Spieker

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John Francis Spieker, 77, of Fairview Heights, IL, born June 27, 1941, in New Athens, IL, died Friday, May 17, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, MO.

Mr. Spieker was a 1959 graduate of Cathedral High School in Belleville, IL. He worked for NCR (National Cash Register) for 34 years and moved his family throughout the Midwest, several times, for earned promotions. Upon his retirement from NCR, he joined what later became YUM! Brands in Louisville, KY. After retiring in 2008, he and his beloved wife, Jackie, returned to their hometown of Belleville, IL, and finally Fairview Heights, IL. He was a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, Dayton, OH.

Mr. Spieker was preceded in death by his parents, John B. and Theolinda A. “Linda” Spieker, nee Glaus; stillborn infant sister, Barbara Ann; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles E. and Leona Schwahn; brothers-in-law, Joseph Emke, William Ren, Carter Huddleston, Daniel Schwahn, William Schwahn, Kenneth Schwahn, and Jack Hancock; and sisters-in law, Janice Hancock and Karen Nihiser.

Mr. Spieker is survived by his loving and loyal wife of 57 years, Jacqueline “Jackie” S. Spieker, nee Schwahn; two sons, John J. (Cyndi) Spieker of Louisville, KY, and James M. Spieker of Fairview Heights, IL; one daughter, Jeanne M. (David) Wattler, (nee Spieker, Baker) of St. Louis, MO; nine grandchildren, Hali (Joshua) Showmaker, Derek (Jennifer) Baker, Connor Spieker, Ashley (Alex) Baker-Bredall, Shaun Baker, and Chase, Alex, Allison and Christian Spieker; one great-grandson, Carson Showmaker;  three sisters, Margaret A. Emke, Rose Marie Ren-Huddleston, and Mary (Richard) Lucido; four Godchildren, Annette Whitaker, Marilyn Berg, Billynda “Billy” Taylor, and Vincent “Vinnie” Lucido; and in-laws, Betty Ann Lewis, Robert “Bobby” (Sheryl) Schwahn, Laura “Laurie” (Bart) Ferrell, Jack Nihiser, Suzanne Schwahn, and Patricia Schwahn; and many nieces and nephews

Mr. Spieker leaves behind many life-long friends, as well.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to the American Heart Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at St. Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee officiating.

Burial will be at St. Agatha’s Cemetery in New Athens, IL


3 Comments on John Spieker

Hans (John) and Janet Baumann said : Guest Report May 21, 2019 at 3:38 PM

Our heart felt sympathies go out to Jackie and all who shared John's life. A familiar voice is now quiet - a familiar face not to be seen again but in our memories live on. Having worked and associated with John for some 20 years, I always knew him to be a subtle, considerate and level-headed guy.

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Cliff Bense said : Guest Report May 20, 2019 at 7:33 PM

So sorry for your loss, Jackie.

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  • Illinois
Amy (Siebert) Young said : Guest Report May 20, 2019 at 2:52 PM

Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. My heart hurts for all of you, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all.

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