Funeral for Tate William Spier, 19, formerly of Sartell

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Tate William Spier, 19

formerly of Sartell

June 12, 2000-Aug. 16, 2019

PFC Tate William Spier, 19, died in a car accident on Aug. 16, 2019 at the U.S. Marine Corp. Headquarters in Quantico, Virginia.

A celebration of Spier’s life will begin 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1300 S. Sertoma Ave., Sioux Falls, S.D. Visitation with the family will begin a half hour prior to service time. Miller Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, S.D., is in charge of arrangements.

Spier was born June 12, 2000 in Littleton, Colorado, during one of the largest forest fires in Colorado history. Of course, he had to make sure something huge was going on when he entered the world! He spent his childhood in Littleton and then Sartell from age 5 to 12. With his curious nature, he had to go around the entire neighborhood and introduce himself saying, “Hello, my name is Tate, T-A-T-E.” Making the rounds every day and reporting back on the goings on, making friends with anyone and everyone along the way! He spent every waking moment outside playing nerf guns, swimming and exploring on his beloved bike; a ball of energy ready to go from sunup to sundown.

Survivors include his parents: Russ and Elizabeth Spier (Chommie), his brothers: Morgan, Griffin and Sawyer, all in Sioux Falls. Grandparents: Elden and Glennis Spier and Donna Chommie of Bismarck, North Dakota. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Glenn and Agnes (Sam) Hillestad and Peter W. Chommie.

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Author: Janelle Von Pinnon

Von Pinnon has been publishing the St. Joseph Newsleader since 1989, the Sartell-St. Stephen Newsleader since 1995 and the Sauk Rapids-Rice Newsleader since 2015. She graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with degrees in mass communications (with an emphasis on print journalism) and biology. She lives in southeast St. Cloud with her husband and two children.

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