Daniel Stephen Spalding, 74, of Monroe City, passed away Saturday, March 27, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois.
Daniel (Danny) was born in Hannibal, to Gerald David and Myrtle Gertrude Hays Spalding. He was raised on a family farm in Indian Creek “Swinkey”, and was the twelfth of thirteen children.
He married Marsha Lynn Talbott on November 7, 1970, and was a member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Monroe City.
Mr. Spalding attended Indian Creek Public School, and was a 1964 graduate of Monroe City High School. After graduation, he attended the University of Missouri in Columbia to study journalism. He later enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and worked in administrative duties and journalism while stationed in Guam. After the Navy, he and his wife Marsha started the Salt River Shopper newspaper which was in circulation for approximately four years. In 1974, Danny began his tool and diemaking career at Diemakers, Inc., where he was a Process Engineer and Manager of the Zinc Department in Monroe City. While working there, he invented a no-draft diecasting process which was one of his most proud accomplishments.
After retirement in 2002, he started Gooneybirds LLC, a pond and lake aeration business, where he worked until his passing. Some of his most notable projects were a pond-aeration system and fountain for the Ronald Reagan Ranch in California, and an aeration system for the Prince of Qatar.
One of Danny’s favorite sayings was “Variety is the Spice of Life!” and he definitely lived by those very words. In his early years, he loved spending time outdoors, especially hunting, boating, and fishing. As a side hobby, Danny had Laura & Lisa Cards, which was a postcard business named after his two daughters. Many of his pictures documented the early years of the Clarence Cannon Dam and the Mark Twain Lake. Grant writing was another interest he dabbled in, and one of his favorite projects was obtaining funds to buy new equipment for the Msgr. Connolly Gymnasium.
Later in life, he primarily loved family sing-a-longs, playing the piano, and sharing his love of music with the local nursing home and others in the community. He was an avid golfer most of his life, and he especially loved spending quality time with his friends and family.
Danny was a member of the Monroe City Chamber of Commerce, the St. Stephens Knights of Columbus, and a former member of the Monroe City Singers.
Survivors include: his wife of 50 years, Marsha Spalding; two daughters: Laura and her husband Gerry Maas of Palmyra, and Lisa and her husband Joseph Kling of Aiken, South Carolina; five grandchildren: Lindsay Maas, Matthew Maas, Lauren Kling, Audrey Kling, and Megan Kling; one brother: Matthew Spalding and his wife Peggy; three sisters: Dorothy Kern, Cecilia Spalding, Barbara Quinn and her husband Tim; one brother-in-law: Don Holcomb; and three sisters-in-law: Sandra Spalding, Janie Spalding and Jan Spalding.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters: Geraldine McNally, Patricia Shoemaker, and Sarah (Sally) Holcomb; five brothers: George Spalding, David A. (Tony) Spalding, Lawrence Spalding, R. Harold Spalding, and James Albert Spalding; one sister-in-law: Eva Jo Spalding; three brothers-in-law: William Kern, John H. (Herb) McNally, and Robert (Bob) Shoemaker
Con-celebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 06, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Monroe City, officiated by Fr. Greg Oligschlaeger, assisted by Fr. Mike Quinn and Deacon Mike Long. Graveside services will be held at the St. Stephens Catholic Church, Indian Creek. Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. Monday evening with a parish rosary service beginning at 4:45 p.m. and a parish scripture beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday evening at the Garner Funeral Home & Chapel, Monroe City. Memorials may be made to Holy Rosary School or Mosswood Meadow Golf Course. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Garner Funeral Home & Chapel, Monroe City, Missouri. Online condolences can be made at garnerfuneralchapel.com.