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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

1730 East Grand River Ave, East Lansing, MI

OBITUARY

Donald Frank Spyke Jr.

August 8, 1930May 16, 2020

Don Spyke was born in Muskegon, MI to his loving parents, Donald and Eileen Spyke. Don enjoyed his life in Muskegon and growing up with sister, Patricia (Pat) Link. It was during this time that he developed a lifelong love of Lake Michigan.

Don served in the Army during the Korean Conflict. After his service to our Country, he headed to East Lansing, MI to attend Michigan State College. Don embraced his life at MSU and established his branch of the Spyke family in East Lansing. He was a life-long learner, avid reader, and in his retirement enjoyed tutoring at-risk children. For over three decades, you could find him in room 220 of the MSU Computer Center, where he enjoyed his work contributing to computer science and development.

Don loved sports and was an active athlete. He was a paddle ball champion and avid golfer. He was a lifelong supporter of the arts, including public radio and television, and a consistent contributor to wildlife conservation. He loved to travel and explore; his road trips and adventures are legendary. His sense of humor shined in his story-telling, gift giving and unique sense of fashion.

Don loved his family very much and taught each of them to be generous, open minded, laugh (a lot) and to value friendship.

Don’s legacy is celebrated by his children, Allan Spyke (Tracey Flannery), Janet Spyke, Brian (Julie) Spyke, Patrick (Katie) Spyke and Ebba (Mike) Franko; his grandchildren, Nick (Jenn) Spyke, Brian Spyke Jr, Joe Spyke, Allison (Matt) Miller and Chris (Brooke) Spyke; great grandchildren, Josslyn Spyke and Theo Spyke; brother-in-law, Bill Link; nieces, nephews, cousins and the Muskegon Spykes. Don had many lifelong friends and especially enjoyed his friendships with Gary, Andy, Jimmy, and Lash. Lee, Linda and April and her family held special places in Don’s heart. Don was looking forward to the birth of his 6th grandchild this June and his 90th birthday in August.

The Spyke family would like to extend their appreciation and gratitude to the caring staff at Burcham Hills.

To all those who joined Don’s journey along the way, we will celebrate the legacy of Don in the future when we can be together. Until then, raise a glass to Don and celebrate a memory.

For those who have interest, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to WKAR, a food bank or your favorite library.

Services

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Memories

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Susan Bandes

May 28, 2020

I was so sorry to hear of Don's passing. He was a character. I always enjoyed his sense of humor, his stories, his generosity, and his love of life. Writing this makes me smile as I remember times spent with him and meeting family and friends. My sympathy to all.
Susan J. Bandes

Diana Glaza Gover

May 27, 2020

The world lost a beautiful soul with the passing of Don. I met Don in the mid -70s when I began working in the Computer Center. We shared many great times and remained friends over the years. He will forever be in my heart as a caring, kind, funny, intelligent, athletic, artistic, and honest man. I am a much better person having known Don.
I will miss him!

Love you Don,
Diana (Glaz) Gover

Matthew Myers

May 26, 2020

RIP Mr Spyke. A very well respected gent of the MSU Family. Prayers of support for Allan and the entire Spyke family.
🙏🙏🙏🍷. And a glass to toast a great guy.
Matthew & Vicki Myers

Amy Wendt

May 23, 2020

So sorry for the family's loss. Thinking of everyone, may you have love in your heart from the memories in your mind.

Mary Edens

May 23, 2020

To Don's children, I am so sorry for the loss of your father, and his passing is a great loss to Don's large community of friends. Tom and I thought of Don as a dear friend, and I last spoke with Don March 16, after Tom passed away. He called to say, "We had a great life.. What great times we had, partying and hanging out. I still remember he would stop at our house on his bike ride from the Peanut Barrel; a half-way stop, and shakely ride home after an hour or so. This fall, he sent to Tom's nursing home weekly envelopes with jokes, stories and other items he thought might cheer him up. We could hear Don's laugh and his happiness come through the phone calls and letters. I hope he and Tom are now playing racquetball, golf, or drinking a beer for old times sake. Norm said, Don was one of a kind. And that is so true! I don't know anyone quite like him. Everyone loved him, and he them. Virtual hugs to each of the Spyke kids,
Fondly, Mary Edens, Russell Edens and Christine LePottier.

Sri Rapaka

May 22, 2020

Thank you for your military service. Mr. Spyke

To the Spkye Family:

Sorry for your loss.

Sherie Tuohy

May 22, 2020

Pat, Katie and Family,
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. It is evident that he touched many people with his kindness, generosity, and sense of humor. What a wonderful legacy to leave! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Barry Hintz

May 22, 2020

Brian, Julie and Spyke family,

Please accept Carol and my condolences on Don's passing. I only met Don a couple of times but knew him through conversations with Brian. What I hope for is a person as dedicated to me as Brian was to Don.

God's peace be with you.

Cricket Degnan

May 21, 2020

Not only did my Dad enjoy Don's company, but his whole family did. We enjoyed having lunch or dinner with him on the 4th floor dining room, hearing about what book(s) he was reading, talking about wine, and hearing about the Friday/Sunday bridge games. He was always cheerful, kind, and funny! He will be sorely missed.
Al Sparrow and family

Jonena Jones

May 21, 2020

Ebba and the entire Spyke family,

I often think of and will always remember his hope for a tricycle. So fortunate to have met him at Ebba and Mike’s wedding. He was quite an authentic person with a lovely family.

FROM THE FAMILY

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