Honorable Richard J. Spethman

Honorable Richard J. Spethman

Jun 6, 1932 – Mar 23, 2017

Preceded in death by parents, Edward C. Spethman and Marie Spethman Johnson; wife, Virginia Rose Spethman; brothers, Dr. Jerry Spethman and Edward Spethman; sister-in-law, Mary Jo Dethlefs. Survived by children: Patricia Kreikemeier (Kelly), Richard Spethman, Jr. (Patrick Collins), Susie Sullivan (J. Malachy), Martin Spethman (Daniela), Kathleen Pallesen (Michael), Joanne Spethman, and Peggy Zier (Larry); grandchildren: Jennifer Haag (Lucas), Robert Kreikemeier (Lindsey), Laura Reiter (Nick), Mary Kreikemeier, Malachy Sullivan (Sarah), Colin Sullivan, Seamus Sullivan, Katie Pallesen, Michael Pallesen, Jr., Libby Pallesen, Maggie Pallesen, Zoe Zier, India Zier, Maya Zier, and Leyla Zier; great-grandchildren: Anthony Francis Haag, Heidi Kreikemeier, and Brenna Sullivan; sisters-in-law: Bettie Spethman, Janice Spethman, and Lani Ord; brother-in-law, Hank Dethlefs; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Marty Smith; many nieces and nephews.

VISITATION begins Sunday, March 26th at 5pm at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, with VIGIL SERVICE to follow at 7pm at the church.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Monday, March 27th at 10:30am, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Private Interment, Calvary Cemetery.  Memorials to Creighton Prep, St. Joan of Arc Church, or Marian High School.





  • Ann Holtz Posted March 25, 2017 12:02 pm

    judge Spethman was always so kind .. I remember as new attorney always being pretty grateful to know if he was on the bench☺️.
    The whole Spethman family is the definition of pillars and love.
    Sincerely Ann

  • Father Bill Fitzgerald, Prep Class 1950 Posted March 25, 2017 3:16 pm

    Condolences to the Family.. Dick served his family, his Church, and the Judicary with honor and dedication. I had a great visit with him at our last reunion. God grant rest to his soul.
    ( I am also a past assistant at St. Joan of Arc, and attended OLL with your mom and aunt.)

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