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John L. Spellman

March 18, 1942 — August 28, 2023

John L. Spellman


John L. Spellman (81) of Coeur d’Alene Idaho passed away August 28, 2023, surrounded by his family.

John, fondly known as “Moose”, “Big John” and “Papa Smurf”, was born to Norman and Marlis Spellman March 18, 1942, in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. John loved to hunt, fish, and spend time with his family and friends. He was especially fond of his grandchildren and loved being with them. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend.

John graduated from Coeur d’Alene High School in 1960 and enlisted in the Navy where he served for 4 years before being honorably discharged. After serving in the Navy, he moved to his parent’s farm in Lemon South Dakota. After a severe winter he asked, “what is an Idaho boy doing here”. He packed up all his belongings and came home to Coeur d’Alene in 1966. That same year John met his soon to be wife Kathy and they were married in August of 1967. They had two children Don and David Spellman of Coeur d’Alene. John worked at US West for 33 years as a lineman before retiring in 1997. He cherished the close friends that he had over the years. The family would always joke that he should run for Mayor of Coeur d’Alene because you could not go to any store without being stopped by friends who knew him.  

In the spring and summer, John loved fishing and all outdoor activities. When fall arrived, he was always excited to elk and deer hunt with lifelong friends. The mountains were his “happy place”.

John was preceded in death by his mother (Marlis) and father (Norman). John is survived by his wife of 56 years Kathy, sons Don & wife Petrina, David and wife Shauna, brother Ray and his grandchildren Chris, Kaitlyn, Kelsie, Emily, Nathan and 5 great grandchildren.

Per John’s wishes there will be a celebration of life at the ELKS Lodge, 1170 West Prairie Avenue, Coeur d’Alene Idaho 83814 on Saturday September 9, 2023 at 2:30PM. All are welcome to attend.

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, September 9, 2023

Starts at 2:30 pm (Pacific time)

Elks Lodge #1254 - Coeur d'Alene, ID

1170 W Prairie Ave, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815

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