SPICER, HERBERT

HERBERT DALE SPICER Sparks, Nevada Sept. 7, 1929-July 31, 2019 Herbert Dale Spicer, 89, passed away at his Sparks, Nevada residence July 31, 2019 with his wife, Lorette, by his side. Herb was born in Clarinda, Iowa on September 7, 1929 to Stella and Jesse Spicer. He was raised in Clarinda with his 12 siblings. He married Doris Snodderly, and became a father to her daughters, Sharon and Sherry. Their union was further blessed with their two children, Karen Spicer and Michael Spicer. Herb joined the military at a young age and had a distinguished Army career spanning over 20 years. He saw action in Korea and Vietnam. In both wars he was injured, particularly in Vietnam when the jeep he was driving went over a land mine. He suffered severe injuries and was flown back to the US to recuperate. He retired from the service in 1970. He was an avid pilot and flew for the Civil Defense for a period of time. He then moved to Reno, Nevada and taught ROTC at Hug High School for a short period of time. He decided this was not his calling and went to work for Harrah's Casino which started his casino career. This career move took him to Las Vegas, the East Coast and in 1986 he made the move to Perth, Australia. His ability to arbitrate with staff and union issues earned him tremendous respect from all who worked with him. He became quite the traveler on an international level marketing and promoting the Australian casino and establishing the high roller programs. His abilities in these areas are still talked about to this day with the greatest respect. It was in Perth where Herb met and married Lorette. They enjoyed 33 years together blending their families. He became a wonderful father to Matthew John and Danielle (Jim) as well as a grandfather to Joshuah (Alannah) James and Zachary James. Herb loved all of his family, and nothing pleased him more than to be surrounded by them enjoying the various holiday celebrations. Herb enjoyed his friendships with many people from around the world. He played golf with many famous names, and loved spending his time at the "Book" reading and researching history. Flying was his passion and his grandson Joshuah, who is in the Australian air force, flew him over Lake Tahoe, Nevada just this past January. Sadly, this was to be Herb's last flight. Herb was dearly loved by his family who will miss him every day. He was a man who was loved by many who enjoyed his sense of humor, his generosity, and his wisdom. Herb was preceded in death by his parents, his 12 siblings, his daughters Karen Spicer, Sharon Hasbrook, and Sherry Stanley. He is survived by his wife, Lorette, his son, Michael (Iva) Spicer of Coin, Iowa, as well as Matthew and Danielle. Also surviving are Karen's children Patrick Murphy and Rachel Kent, Michael's son Jason Dale Spicer, Sharon's children Chad Hasbrook and Chris Hasbrook, and Sherry's children Stacey Woodruff, Stephanie Fulton and Sarah Proper, and step grandchildren Joshuah (Alannah) James and Zachary James. His family would like to thank Renown Hospice Group in Reno NV for their wonderful care and compassion to Herb and the Spicer family. Herb will be laid to rest beside his mother in the Clarinda Cemetery at a later date.

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