In Memory

Jay Spiess

Jay Spiess

Jay F. Spiess, age 63, of Cincinnati, died November 23, 2010.  He was the son of the late Alvin and Nancy Spiess.  He was a 1965 graduate of Woodward High School.  He is survived by a sister, Beverly Stephenson; sons Gregory, Geoffrey (Jennifer) and Brian (Teresa) Spiess; and 7 grandchildren, a sister-in-law Marjorie Bergen; and brothers-in-law George Harrison and Bill Stephenson.  Sheilah Holland is the former wife of the deceased.  A Memorial Service will be at 1:00 PM Saturday, November 27, 2010 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pleasant Ridge, 6301 Parkman Place, Cincinnati, OH  45213.  Jay graciously donated his body to the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. 

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11/27/10 04:26 PM #1    

Steve Claybon

Most of us all knew Jay.He often made many jokes to cover up alot of his pain and  sadness,which is something that we all do from time to time.In the past few years Jay suffered from diabetes and the disease eventually resulted in the loss of his leg. He came to our last reunion in October of 2010 in a wheelchair and did not let that stop him from having a great time and dancing as well.I am very sad that I will never get a chance to see Jay again.Rhoda and Nancy,thankkyou for the recent reunion for it allowed many of us to see Jay one last time.He had a  big heart and always had time for one more joke to keep us laughing.Jay, we will miss you !!  Your buddy, Clay

11/27/10 05:09 PM #2    

Linda Whitaker (Disher)

Just Thursday (Thanksgiving) a group of friends was talking about the people in our long ago lives....which led to high school romances.  Jay was included in that sharing, he was my first date. Hadn't thought about that for years.   I even showed them his message in my 65 annual.  I find it "strange" to find now that he passed just the day before.  Guess I just want to say thanks for the memories! 

11/28/10 12:58 AM #3    

Eric Hawks

Jay Spiess and I were friends from junior high, high school, and right up until our last 45th Woodward Reunion.  Jay always loved to tell a joke, and make you laugh at himself, and his great repertoire of jokes he kept in his wallet.  I remember laughing with Jay at many WHS Reunions, and many of our memorial birthday parties for the graduates of the class of 1965.  Jay liked to party, and enjoyed his WHS classmates.

Jay and I spent the summer of 1965 working in the factory, on second shift, at Steelcraft Manufacturing.  Needless to say, Jay and I spent a great deal of time together that summer while we worked on the Paint Line all summer.  While Jay had his issues, he had a great big heart, and loved the WHS Class of 1965.  I'm pleased to have spent time with Jay during the recent 45th Reunion.  This is exactly why I think we need a reunion every five years!  Thank you Nancy, Rhoda, and Mark for everything you did for the 45th Reunion.

Jay, rest in peace.  I'll look forward to a whole new batch of jokes the next time we meet!

Your bud,


12/13/11 09:07 AM #4    

Robert Bob Wilkinson

Jay was a special person for sure. It was fun playing football with Jay. Jay was a quarterback on our team. I do miss those days big time. I was proud to call Jay a friend.


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