Justin Ethan Spellerberg

May 29, 1974February 10, 2020
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Justin Ethan Spellerberg, 45, of Columbia, MO passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020 at University Hospital, Columbia, Missouri.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am at Memorial Funeral Home. Memorial service will follow at 11:00 am at the funeral home with Rev. Joni Griffin officiating.

He was born on May 29, 1974 in Kansas City, Missouri to Frank and Ilene (Rickson) Spellerberg. Justin attended Lee's Summit High School where he began his pursuit of musical excellence. He played classical and popular music on the piano, sometimes just by ear. One of his favorite memories was playing with his high school orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He played the trumpet, which attracted the attention of the well-known director of Marching Mizzou, Norm Ruebling. Norm was instrumental in getting Justin a music Scholarship to the University of Missouri, Columbia. Justin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Mizzou in 1996. And, unbenounced to him, his future wife was living in a dormitory across the street from him for a couple years.

After graduating college, Justin's first professional job as a medical technologist was at University Hospital. In 2001, he began to work for Boyce and Bynum Pathology Laboratories in the chemistry department and continued working there in the molecular diagnostic lab until February 2019. This is not only where Justin flourished professionally, but personally. At one of Boyce and Bynum's employee appreciation parties, was his first interaction with Melinda Byrd. They were inseparable from that evening on.

Justin had just recently began a new professional journey that he was so excited about. He started his employment with Capital Regional Medical Center in Jefferson City in July 2019. While he only worked there a short time, he quickly became an integral part of the lab and was so hopeful for his future there.

Justin and Melinda married on April 29, 2006 at the Centralia United Methodist Church and continued living and working in Columbia. Since both were Mizzou graduates, they enjoyed going to Missouri Tiger sporting events and, of course, tailgating. Justin was known for his Tiger Spirit and was definitely not a fair weather fan.

Justin was a passionate person. Passionate about learning, passionate about his work, and passionate about his friends and family. But his highest priority, were his children, Aiden Christopher, age 10 and Emily Christine, age 4. They were his life. Everything he did was out of love for them.

Survivors include: his wife, Melinda Spellerberg of the home; two children, Aiden Spellerberg and Emily Spellerberg of the home; his parents, Frank and Ilene Spellerberg of Columbia, Missouri; twin brother, Jason Spellerberg of Chicago, Illinois and one sister, Serean Loyland (Erik) of Houston, Texas; one sister in law, Melanie (Byrd) Forrest of Columbia, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the children of Justin Spellerberg (make checks payable to Melinda Spellerberg), c/o Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, Missouri 65202.


  • the children of Justin Spellerberg (make checks payable to Melinda Spellerberg)


  • Visitation Saturday, February 22, 2020
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 22, 2020


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Mary Priest

February 21, 2020

I met Mel and Justin 10 years ago when they brought their new born baby Aiden into the infant room. We instantly developed a special bond and have continued a friendship through out the years.
I ran into Justin and Aiden at the grocery store days before he passed away. We had a great visit. I am so glad I told them “I love you” and to pass my love and hugs on to Mel and Emily.
I sincerely want to express my deepest sympathy to you Mel and your family..
Sending all my love, and prayers as you go through this difficult time.
Love you, Mary

Dottie Bayne

February 18, 2020

I had the privilege of hiring Justin as Lab Manager for Capital Region. He came in the first day with tons of enthusiasm and energy and that never stopped. He quickly made a huge impact on our lab team. He was genuinely concerned for all the team and was a definite 'get it done' kind of guy. He told me he was there to make my life easier. And he did. I told him he was the best decision I ever made in hiring a manager and he proved me correct every day. He was there for our team when we celebrated (he was great at that!) and when we had tough discussions he was supportive. He made a lasting impression on us in the short time he was with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the kids, Mel. Thanks for sharing him with us.

Kristina Hyman

February 18, 2020

I have had the pleasure of working with Justin at Capital Region in the short time he was with us, he sure was a firecracker of a Manager , he always came up with super ideas for the Lab and he did have our backs helping to staff our Phlebotomists , he sure put allot of hand prints on our hearts , he was a true heart himself and I’m going to miss that , with myself and the entire Lab we are going to miss him... my heart goes out to his wife , ,kids and family ... may you all find Gods hand of healing and peace thru this difficult time.

Vin Reddy

February 17, 2020

I haven’t been in touch with Justin since college, but I remember him as a great guy, a fun person to be around and a pillar of our community at Wolpers. He made so many of us feel welcome in a new environment and his personality could fill rooms.

He will he missed by everyone who knew him.

Tiffany Wiederstein

February 17, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Justin. Mel, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time and in the the days ahead.

R Gideon Morrison, MD

February 17, 2020

Justin was a wonderful human being and an exemplary technologist. He was an integral part in the building of our molecular diagnostic laboratory at Boyce and Bynum.
We are profoundly saddened at this loss and we share our love with Melinda and the family. Justin will live with us in our memories.
Dr Gid Morrison and Cindy and Zach.

Darrell Jordan

February 17, 2020

Sending prayers to the family of Justin ,I worked with him when he first started in the Hematology Lab at UMHC ,helping training him in the techniques of our lab . I am deeply saddened by the loss of a wonderful young man ,may god bring peace and understanding to all who knew and loved him.

Jessica Schweikart (Collings)

February 17, 2020

I worked with Justin at Boyce and Bynum a few years back. I am in shock! He was such a fun loving guy! He always made me laugh and when he wasn’t at work it was such a boring day.
I had been dating my now husband back then and he always asked if he had put a ring on it yet. He would always give me great advise and I will truly miss him! Mel my heart goes out to you and the kiddos.

Cheryl Bramlette

February 16, 2020

My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go to your family for your loss of Justin. It is so tragic to lose one so young. I remember what an awesome musician and student Justin was at Lee’s Summit North. He was a shining Bronco. May God guide you through this difficult time and return blessed memories going forward.

Retired LSN Activity Director

Kimberly Haller

February 15, 2020

I worked with Melinda at Boyce & Bynum in the Cytology Dept for many years. And Justin worked in Molecular, which was the Dept next to us. It was always evident that Mel and Justin shared a special love for each other, I saw that everyday. I know that love deepened even more when they had Aiden & Emily. My heart breaks for you Mel, and I wish that I could say or do something to help you through this. It will be difficult times ahead, but through your sweet children, you will always have a part of Justin with you everyday.


At Emily's 4th birthday party. Princess theme.
Bonkers, Columbia, MO
January 25,2020


Justin and Brian Forrest. I pray they are together and talking sports and squabbling about politics.


Justin and Scott Jones at the first MU football game of the 2019 season. Special south end zone bunker passes!! Thank you for hooking him up Scott!! He had a blast.


Justin with his parents, Frank and Ilene


Emily's favorite place in the world. She would ask daddy if she can sit in "the hole". He always said yes.