Doctor thrived on work, road trips, gardening
By Craig Smith
Published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Luther Spoehr had a short commute to the office on many mornings.
For more than 50 years, the Ross doctor treated hundreds of patients in the office attached to his home.
“He was chief medical officer for Bell Telephone three days a week and had his practice,” said his daughter, Elaine Teare of Wexford. “He loved working with his patients, knowing their families.”
Dr. Luther W. Spoehr of Passavant Retirement Community in Zelienople, formerly of Ross, died Thursday, July 11, 2013. He was 93.
The oldest of two children born to the Rev. Luther Paul Spoehr and Theodosia Wagner Spoehr, he graduated from Perry High School in 1936 and from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School in 1943. He was married for 62 years to Lois Jane Magee Spoehr.
Dr. Spoehr loved to take his family on vacations to the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, Florida and Canada, his daughter said.
“We'd go away for three to four weeks,” she said.
Although the trips brought the young family closer and provided the kids with a historical perspective, the travel conditions could be difficult.
“That was in an un-air conditioned DeSoto,” said his son, Luther Spoehr of Barrington, R.I. “And before interstates ... we saw a lot of town after town.”
An Army veteran who served during the Korean War at Camp Carson, Colo., Dr. Spoehr enjoyed growing African violets, orange trees “from seed” and yardwork, his family said.
In addition to his daughter, Elaine, and son Luther, Dr. Spoehr is survived by a son, William Spoehr of Phoenix; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2009, and his sister, Miriam Hummel.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, 305 Center Ave., West View, with the Rev. Robert Zimmerman officiating. Interment will follow in St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Schellhaas Funeral Home in West View is in charge of the arrangements.
Craig Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5646 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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