Richard Daniel Splies, age 78, of Fort Atkinson, WI, died Sunday, December 6, 2009 at Fort Memorial Hospital.
On January 25, 1931, Richard was born to Frank and Florence (McKee) Splies in Daggett, MI. Richard served our country with the Army Engineers during the Korean Conflict. He attended the Chicago school of watchmaking, graduated from Moravian College and then from the Moravian Seminary. Dick achieved a Masters Degree in Art from UW Madison. On July 1, 1950, Dick married Norma Buss at College Hill Moravian Church in Bethleham, PA.
Richard served in many Moravian churches, including Center Valley, PA, Rudolph & Veedum, WI, London, WI, St. Charles, MN, Sister Bay, WI, and was Chaplain at Marquardt Manor. He was very active in church camps, organizing the craft program. After retiring in 1978, Dick returned to repairing clocks full time, which was one of his first loves. He enjoyed singing in choir and with a college quartet. Dick was an artist and inventor. He made miniature working brass train sets, fine jewelry, and loved to make furnature, build scooters, and go camping. Dick's wonderful sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.
Surviving are his wife: Norma Splies, of Fort Atkinson; Brother: Robert (Lorraine) Splies and Sister: Jean Fink, both of Cottonwood, AZ; Niece: Carolyn (Joe) Peil, of Waukesha; 4 nephews, and 4 grand-nephews.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Roger Splies.
Memorial service will be held Sunday, December 27, 2009 at Watertown Moravian Church at 2pm with Rev. Barbara Berg officiating. Friends may call from 1pm until the time of service at the church. Those wishing an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial to the Watertown Moravian Church.