Jack M. Spinsby

Jack M. Spinsby, age 83, of Midland, died Tuesday morning, July 25, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Jack McLain Spinsby was born January 25, 1923, at South Bend, Indiana, the son of John and Isabel (Myers) Spinsby. At the age of three, the family moved to a farm-ranch south of Midland where he grew up and received his education in rural schools before graduating from Midland High School in 1941.

As a young man he worked with his parents on the farm-ranch. In 1945 he entered the United States Army and served in the Aleutian Islands during WWII. After his discharge he returned to the family farm-ranch.

Jack was united in marriage to Dorothy Dale on June 30, 1950 in Rapid City, South Dakota. After their marriage they made their home on their present farm-ranch south of Midland.

Music was a big part of his life and as a young man he played Mandolin and guitar, and also played the saxophone in high school. In the late 1950's throughout the 1960's, he played with Eddie Kodet and the Cadets dance band where he played mainly saxophone and accordion, but also piano. Later he taught himself to play the trumpet and tuba. He was also a member of the Belvidere Polka Band for many years.

After his wife's death on June 6, 2000, he continued to reside on the farm-ranch until retiring and moving into Midland in March 2004.

Jack was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church and a member of the Lutheran Layman's League and held various other offices in the church. He was a member of the Pedersen-Stoddard American Legion Post #144 of Belvidere.

Survivors include one son Russell Spinsby and his wife Gay of Midland; one daughter Dianne Bork and her husband Robert of Midland; three grandchildren Casey Dale Spinsby and his wife Janet, Marty McLain Spinsby, and Matthew Robert Bork; two great-grandchildren Xavier and Yesenia Spinsby; two sisters Ethel Freeman of Kadoka, and JoAnn Moyer of Tucson, Arizona; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife of nearly fifty years, Dorothy, Jack was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother Billy Spinsby.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. MDT, Friday, July 28, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church south of Midland, with Rev. Glenn Denke officiating.

Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church.

Interment will be in the St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery.

Arrangement are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.


Friday, July 28, 2006 10:00 a.m.

St. Peter Lutheran Church

Rural Midland, South Dakota


Pastor Glenn Denke


Karel Reiman - Organist

Congregational Hymns

"Blessed Assurance"

"What A Friend"


Grace DeVries


Mark Reiman - Jim Peters


Casey Spinsby - Marty Spinsby

Matthew Bork - George Anderson

Roger Dale - Mahlon Alcock


All Relatives and Friends in Attendance


St. Peter Lutheran Church

Midland, South Dakota