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Dr. Donald and Jerrie Spees


Don and Jerrie Ann Spees had a long and happily married life and raised five sons here in Zionsville. Don was born September 17, 1926, the son of Byron and Amelia Spees. The Spees family moved to Zionsville in 1932 when Don was in the first grade. He graduated from Eagle Township High School in 1944 where he played basketball and was vice-president of his class. Don joined the U.S. Navy in 1944 and served in the Pacific until 1946. Upon his return, he graduated from Butler, then Indiana University School of Dentistry in 1954 as class president. 

Jerrie Ann Holmes Spees was born February 13, 1931 to Hobert and Marguerite Holmes. The Holmes family settled in Zionsville in 1939 and Jerrie started the third grade at Eagle Township Grade School. Jerrie graduated in 1949 from Eagle Township High School then Indiana University in 1953. She later earned a Master's Degree in Education from Butler. 

Don and Jerrie married on November 21, 1953, at Zionsville United Methodist Church on Main Street during Don's senior year of dental school. After graduation, Don began practicing dentistry with Dr. Paul Ferguson at 100 1/2 South Main Street, upstairs, where many Zionsville natives will remember going as kids. He practiced for 40 years, retiring on April 15, 1994 leaving the practice in the care of his youngest son, Kevin. 

Jerrie was a devoted wife and mother. Despite her college degree, she opted to stay home and raise their five energetic boys- JB, Mike, Tim, Tom and Kevin. She was very active in Zionsville Woman's Club and Psi Iota Xi and volunteered many hours at church. In 1972, Jerrie began teaching Home Economics and Science at Zionsville Middle School. She later became a guidance counselor and retired in 1991. Her family will forever be grateful to the Zionsville community for the hundreds of cards, letters, phone calls and visits after Jerrie's pass ing on February 22, 2016. It was a reminder of the many lives she touched in a positive way. 

Don is a Zionsville Lions Club Life Member of 63 years and a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow from Lion Clubs International. He served as an Eagle Township Advisory Board member for 44 years. His good nature and desire to do what was right for the community always transcended politics. He helped oversee the addition to Eagle Elementary and the construction of the current high school during his service, as well as the expansion of the Zionsville Fire Department. Don and Jerrie were "Charter Members" of Azionaqua Swim Club, a group of parents and community members who raised funds and oversaw construction of the pool. Don and Jerrie were very active members of Zionsville United Methodist Church and worked on projects like Habitat for Humanity and the Red Bird Mission. Jerrie began delivering Meals on Wheels upon her retirement and Don joined after his retirement. They volunteered many years at Champ Camp for severely disabled children. They continued to volunteer at church and for Lions events until 2013 when they moved to Hoosier Village, where Don now spends his days beating his neighbors at Euchre. In addition to their 5 sons, Don and Jerrie have 12 grandkids and 3 great-grandkids. 

Through their life long example of dedication to family, community and service, Don and Jerrie Spees helped set the standard for the quality of life we all enjoy in Zionsville! 

Nominated by Ralph W. Stacy