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Donald Edward "Doc" Spoonheim

Donald Edward "Doc" Spoonheim
  • May 4, 1922 - June 16, 2018
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
    14280 Collections Center Drive
    Chicago, IL 60693
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • St. Barnabas Lutheran Church
    45 Moultrie Street
    Charleston, SC 29403

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“Although Don was technically a friend, my family and I considered him family. We have always treasured the time he spent with us on Christmas Eve. ...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Viola Lujan - Santa Fe, NM

“We know that Heaven is rejoicing to receive Doc and that he is now living with good health, light, and loved ones who have preceded him. We are...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Paul and Weegie Taylor - SC

“Sincerest condolences to family and friends."Doc" was a dear friend and colleague to my wife, Frances, and to me. Many fond memories of a very dear...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Gerald Garza - Charleston, SC

“Dear Isa and Jay,I was saddened to see that you have lost Don. I have pleasant memories of our conversations and visits. He and you will be in my...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Emilie Kief - Santa Fe, NM

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5 of 6 | Posted by: Kief Kief - Santa Fe, NM - Friend

“Dear Jay, isa, Corinne, Sarah, Tait and Joel, we're sending much love and many fond memories of having had the privilege to know Don. He was a...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Cynthia and Chuck Grosvenor - NM

Donald Edward "Doc" Spoonheim, 96, of Oklahoma City, OK, and formerly of Santa Fe, NM and Mt. Pleasant, SC, husband of the late Mary Bingham Spoonheim and father of the late Mark Spoonheim, died Saturday, June 16, 2018. His funeral service will be held Saturday, July 14, 2018, in J. HENRY STUHR, INC., MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road, at 10:30 am. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Friday, July 13, 2018, in the Mt. Pleasant Chapel from 4:30 pm to 6:00pm.

"Doc" was born May 4, 1922 in what he always referred to as "frigid Fargo," ND, son of the late Theron Lemuel Spoonheim and the late Ann Elizabeth Gugel Spoonheim. He served in the US Navy during World War II, and was in Tokyo Harbor at war's end. He received his degree in Pharmacology from North Dakota State University, Fargo, in 1949. He taught one year at Charleston Medical School, then went into business, first in Minnesota, then in Mt. Pleasant,SC. With his two partners, Grady Roney and Albert Jacobs, a small chain of drugstores was established in the Mt. Pleasant area. "Doc" was an active Rotarian, a Founder and First President of the Mt. Pleasant Rotary Club. He was a vital member of St. Barnabus Lutheran Congregation, the first Lutheran congregation in South Carolina to intentionally integrate. In retirement he was an enthusiastic participant in Rotary School Reading Programs where one young student was moved to affectionately call him "bubba".

After Mary's death (2002) and Mark's (2003), Don moved to New Mexico in a joint home venture with brother, Jay, and his wife, Isa. A year after his arrival, Don went blind and spent his last eleven years in darkness. "Doc" is survived by his beloved sister, Corrine Astrup, wife of the late Leonard, and brother, Jay and his wife, Isa, along with many beloved nieces and nephews, friends and neighbors. He will be remembered for his servant heart and his warm, welcoming smile.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, 14280 Collections Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693 or St. Barnabus Lutheran Church, 45 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29403.