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John Richard Spiegelhoff

January 21, 1967 August 11, 2016
John Richard Spiegelhoff
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John Richard Spiegelhoff, age 49, was born on January 21, 1967 in Shawano, Wisconsin. He was number five of six children born to Nancy and Dale Spiegelhoff. John spent his childhood in Green Bay. He graduated from Green Bay East High School in 1985 and went on to get his Social Work degree at the University of Wisconsin-¬Whitewater. He was a three-¬year starting center for the UW-¬Whitewater Warhawks football team and was named to the all-conference team and all¬-American team. He also was a captain. His first job was in Waupaca, WI as a social worker and he spent many years working juvenile probation and coaching freshman football at Waupaca High School. He married Jill Heidner in 1995. The family expanded in 2000 with the arrival of their son Benjamin and continued to expand in 2002 with the arrival of their daughter, Elizabeth. In 2005, John made a career change and found his calling by fighting for the rights of union workers. He was a “staff representative” for AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees). After fighting the good fight with labor union law changes in Wisconsin (“What’s Disgusting, Union Busting”), John continued to follow his passion for the rights of labor union workers. This led John and his family to move to Worthington, Minnesota in 2013.
Being connected with family and friends was of utmost importance to John. Family vacations happened every summer so he could spend quality time and create memories with his wife and children. Time at home was often spent on home improvements. Jill was the brains and John was the brawn. He loved to brew beer and especially loved sharing his latest creation with friends that dropped by unexpectedly. John had a lifelong love of sports. Often times, his evening and weekend times were spent officiating football, baseball, and basketball games. Sundays were set aside for professional football. Despite the move to Minnesota, John remained loyal to his beloved Green Bay Packers. John entered eternal life on Thursday, August 11, 2016.
Left to continue celebrating life in his memory are his wife, Jill Spiegelhoff of Worthington, MN; his children, Ben and Elizabeth; his mother, Nancy Spiegelhoff of Green Bay, WI; his siblings Matt Spiegelhoff of Eastvale, CA; Mark Spiegelhoff of Sycamore, IL; Luke Spiegelhoff of Bloomington, MN; Jana Harrington (Spiegelhoff) of Sheboygan, WI; Jill Emerich (Spiegelhoff) of La Crosse, WI. He also leaves behind many in¬-laws, nieces, and nephews on both the Spiegelhoff and Heidner side. He was preceded in death by his father, Dale Spiegelhoff of Green Bay, WI.
In honor of John and his passion for community involvement, he would want you to get connected in your community. Speak up, share your ideas, know your rights, work together, be active in local activities and issues. Vote. You can make a difference. It’s all about the power of the common voice. Stop and have a beer with a friend. Don’t let the business of everyday life get in way of what is really important.


There has been a Spiegelhoff Memorial Fund established at Worthington Federal Savings Bank, P.O. Box 339, 418 11th St., Worthington, MN 56187.

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Visitation

Friday

19

Aug

5:00 PM 8/19/2016 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/19/2016 8:00:00 PM
Benson Funeral Home

1225 Ryans Road
Worthington, MN 56187

Benson Funeral Home
1225 Ryans Road Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Service

Saturday

20

Aug

11:00 AM 8/20/2016 11:00:00 AM
First United Methodist Church

408 11th St
Worthington, MN 56187

First United Methodist Church
408 11th St Worthington 56187 MN
United States
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