Lowell Spiess

Lowell William Spiess

Friday, March 23rd, 1934 - Sunday, May 10th, 2020
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Lowell William Spiess, 86, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at his home in Fort Meyers Beach, Florida.

He was born on March 23, 1934 in Archbold, Ohio to Herbert and Marion (Hollingshead) Spiess.

Lowell was raised in Archbold, Ohio and graduated from Archbold High School in 1952. While in school, Lowell was very active in athletics. He was a member of the Archbold 1,000 Point Club, scoring over 1,000 points in his basketball career. In 2008, he was inducted into the Archbold High School’s Hall of Fame.

Lowell attended the Ohio State University his freshman year and then transferred and graduated from Bowling Green University in 1958. Lowell was employed as a high school science teacher in Archbold and then Port Huron, Michigan for 37 years. He was also a very successful coach for 43 years, being inducted into the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame and the Port Huron Sports Hall of Fame. After retiring, Lowell continued to officiate track and cross country meets along with timing and scoring running events in the area. He was an avid runner for many years.

After retiring, Lowell and wife, Gwen enjoyed spending their winters in Fort Myers Beach, Florida where he served several terms on his condo’s board of directors. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Port Huron. Above all, he was a very caring and loving husband and father.

Lowell was preceded in death by his parents and son, Lawrence Spiess.

Survivors include: wife, Gwen of Fort Gratiot; son, Timothy of Port Huron; daughter, Patricia of Lansing, Michigan.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, August 16, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Smith Family Funeral Home-Hancock Street. A graveside service will take place on Monday, August 17, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Fort Gratiot. Cremation arrangements were provided by Smith Family Funeral Home of Port Huron.

Memorials are suggested to S.O.N.S. Outreach Capital Campaign (Save Our Neighborhoods & Streets). You may mail or drop off your donation to S.O.N.S. at the funeral home on Hancock Street.

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 16th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, August 16th, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Smith Family Funeral Home - North
    1525 Hancock Street
    Port Huron, Michigan 48060
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  • Service

    Monday, August 17th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, August 17th, 2020 10:00am
    Sunset Memorial Gardens
    3814 Keewahdin Rd
    Fort Gratiot, Michigan 48059
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  • Interment

    Monday, August 17th, 2020 | 10:00am
    Monday, August 17th, 2020 10:00am
    Sunset Memorial Gardens
    3814 Keewahdin Rd
    Michigan 48059


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Posted at 02:59pm
Dear Gwen, Thinking of u and wish I could be there. Love and prayers, Carol Manner
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Posted at 08:26pm
My mom and informed me yesterday that my grandfather had cut out the obituary for my high school track coach, Lowell Spiess. He passed away on May 10th. I’ve had some time to think about what I was going to say, if anything, about that so here I go.
You start to go back into the old memory banks of running track and what it meant to me. It was a bright spot in my life and it has lead to so many great relationships and memories. I guess I owe it all to coach Spiess. He wasn’t just a coach but a friend. I know that gets used a lot but it’s true. I remember going up to states in his new red van. Giving out awards in the pouring down rain in PH at the Times Herald meet of champions. Him giving me a keychain that said 1991 captain. Him alwayhaving a stopwatch and a clipboard. Going to Ferris State indoor track meets where I would eventually receive a track scholarship. The countless hours he spent helping not only me but others as well.
Looking at what I have been able to do with my children in terms of track I again can thank coach. His love and passion for track was instilled in me and I am passing that on. I am Coaching both XC and hurdles at Desert Oasis High School, along side my son Jackson, and it has been an awesome experience.
I have two items from coach that have meant a lot to me that I would like to share with you. One makes sense and that is a picture Coach took of me at a Marysville track meet, which has the race I set the school record and the meet record, which still stands today, in the 110s. It’s like he knew. The other is an old piece of cardboard that Coach wrote on to me back that he gave me that picture in when I graduated from High School. Seems funny to keep it safe for all these years with so many other things lost to time but I guess it is just that important to me to remember.
My heart goes out to Gwen and the rest of the Spiess family. I hope this finds its way to her and she knows what an impact he had on where I am today, a science teacher and a coach. Kinda funny.

Ian McMorran

Posted at 12:59am
Sorry to hear of Coach Spiess's passing, he left an indelible mark on my life (and I know many others) as a cross country and track coach. In 1994 at Port Huron High School, I told myself that I joined the track team to get in shape for the fall football season (I played football for 1 season prior). Long story shorter, the track team needed milers, and Coach Spiess gave me my first introduction to distance running. He led the team with discipline, caring, and understanding. He showed us how to set achievable goals and improve on them over the course of the season. I went on to run cross country in the fall of 1994, with a young team that formed a strong bond. One of our team mates qualified for the state championship meet that year, and we made a goal to qualify as a team the next year. Under Coach Spiess's leadership, we went undefeated in dual meets in 1995, and became the first cross country team in the school's history to qualify for the state meet. It was an incredible experience. Running, and by association Coach Spiess, has helped shape who I am today. Many proud and happy memories of him.

Ian McMorran

Monica Morris

Posted at 08:00pm
My deepest sympathy for your loss. Blessings to the family. Monica Moncrief-Morris

John Haas

Posted at 11:33am
My deepest sympathy to Gwen and family. Lowell was a coaching icon in Port Huron. I really enjoyed working with him for a few years on the Scotty Hanton marathon. It was a pleasure to have known him. -John Haas

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