David Arthur Spindler, age 86 passed away peacefully May 8, 2022 at Stevens Point Health Care Service under the care of Heartland Hospice.
David was born July 23rd, 1935 to Arthur and Mollie (Price) Spindler in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. He is survived by his wife (Florence) Yvonne (Galloway) Lewis, his children Cheri, Scott (Lorene), Landy (Andy) and Kira (Michael), step-daughters Patrice (Randy), Michelle (Craig) and Lynn (Chris), his grandchildren Michael, Marcus, Alex, Matthew, and Lucas, great-granddaughter Wilhelmina, step-grandchildren Eric, Alicia, Laura, Nicole, Logan and great-grandson Grady. He is also survived by his brothers Don and Dennie (Carol) and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Dick and step-daughter Lisa.
During high school at PJ Jacobs (SPASH), he picked up the drums and went to All State for his drumming. He played in several Polka bands during college at Central State College (UW-Stevens Point), where he graduated top of his class in Math. Dave went on to teach high school in Wisconsin Rapids before starting his career at System Development Corporation, working on national defense software and cold-war era satellite systems and then as a software quality control specialist at TRW Inc, ESL Inc, and Northrop Grumman.
David married Dorothea Kobach in 1958 and they had three children, Cheri, Scott and Landy. He met his second wife Bonnie LeMat while dancing to big band music and they married in 1981. He helped raise her son, Andrew, and they had one daughter, Kira.
His career moved him around the US to Michigan, New Hampshire, and California before settling in Saratoga, California. After retirement, Dave moved back to Stevens Point where he and Yvonne married in 2006.
Dave loved to tell stories and would often reminisce with his children about days spent playing outdoors in a large yard behind a cemetery, pulling pranks, exploring Stevens Point, and working as a lifeguard on the Wisconsin River. He was proud of his father who worked as an engineer on the Soo Line, and his mother’s thimble collection. As a lifelong collector himself, he first collected patches from soldiers as they passed through town on the train trading small errands for a patch from their jacket.
Dave was always known to have a hobby or passion that kept his mind occupied. He had an extensive stamp, movie, and book collection. He even collected airplane “swizzle sticks” from his foreign travels. He was an excellent woodworker, enjoyed croquet, skiing, listening and dancing to big band music, and quizzing his children on song names. He shared a knack for photography and a love of military history and music with his children. Dave always had a great love of dogs, especially golden retrievers and weekends were spent hiking in the hills with them. He had a great sense of humor and loved telling “Dad jokes” that often got a laugh or a groan from his family members.
Dave could usually be found swimming in his pool or sitting in a favorite spot in the yard, sipping a soda, sunning and watching the world go by. In later years as his knees made walking more difficult, his son affectionately nicknamed him “Captain Slow” which he wholeheartedly adopted as his official nickname. You could always count on Dave to help family in times of need, share a silly story, or make things feel easier with a word of encouragement and love. He was affectionate and loving with his children, and lit up around his grandchildren.
A memorial service to honor Dave’s life will be held Saturday, June 25, 2022 at Shuda Funeral Chapel in Stevens Point with visitation 1:00-2:00pm and service at 2:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be designated for cancer research at Mayo Clinic, Minnesota.