Keith (Owen) Spies, 89, Fargo passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Essentia Health, Fargo. Keith was born August 3, 1930 in Ruthven, Iowa to Otto and Mabel (Anderson) Spies. He received his GED while serving in the U.S. Air Force. He served during the Korean Conflict as a Gunner on a B-29 Bomber. He was honorably discharged on October 13, 1953. He returned to Mayville, North Dakota where he graduated from Mayville State University with a degree in English Literature. He taught High School English in Durant, Michigan and Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his Master’s of American Literature from NDSU before teaching at Valley City State University. He moved back to Mayville, North Dakota and built the Mayville Pizza Shop which is still run by his daughter Mary today. He had various other business endeavors and was a creative entrepreneur. He married Jewel Felton on July 5, 1978 in Crookston, Minnesota. He had his private pilot license and enjoyed hunting, fishing, building and flying RC airplanes. He was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed by many. Keith is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jewel, Fargo; children, Michelle (Mike) DeFoe, Devils Lake, ND, Joan (Tim) Kobb, Hartland, WI, Marce’ (Paul) Johnson, Buffalo, MN, Kari (Brad) Heppner, Crookston, MN, Mary (Tom) Stocking, Mayville, ND, Owen Keith II (Darla) Spies, Rapid City, SD, Kent Spies, Ft. Collins, CO, Kevin (Bonnie) Spies, Fargo, ND; 17 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; brothers, Gerald (Betty) Spies, Ormond Beach, FL, Frederick (Agnes) Spies, St. Petersburg, FL; sister, Lois (James) Petersen, Mekinock, ND. He was preceded in death by his parents. Prayer Service: 6:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with visitation starting at 5:00 P.M.

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  1. Jewel and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Cyndy Kolle Gustafson

  2. Fred, Sorry for the loss of your brother. Back in the mid 1950ies you taught me how to play handball at UND as well as me took me out for my first ever round of golf. You and your friend Joel Swanson were people I looked up to because you were both so nice to me a very shy farm boy from outside Grand Forks. By the way I went on to
    win 4 state senior golf championships. Must have been your starting me out on the right foot.
    sincerely,
    Darrell Burkland

  3. Jewel, so sorry for the loss of your husband, Keith. Sincere sympathy to you and the family. Susan Froemke

  4. Our deepest sympathy to the family. We especially send our thoughts of sympathy to the children as Larry and I had many in school. We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father.

  5. Jewel – So sorry to hear of your loss – our sincere sympathy to you and your family. Ruth and Rodney Stevens

  6. Jewel and family. So sorry for the loss of Keith. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Gods blessings to you all

  7. Jewel and family, So sorry for your loss of Keith. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  8. Michelle, Joan, Marce, Kari, Mary, Keith, Kent and Kevin. So sorry for your loss of your Dad Keith. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry for loss to the grandchildren and great grandchildren that they will miss grandpa Keith. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Dear Jewel, we are saddened to hear of your loss. Please know we are keeping you in our prayers. Hold your memories close to your heart. Blessings & Friendship,

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