Jack Spore

Jack Spore

Jack Spore


Jack Spore, 74, of Monticello, died Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at UnityPoint-St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.

Memorial Services will be held at 6 pm Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at the Goettsch Funeral Home in Monticello. His niece and nephews will lead the service. Friends may call from 4 pm to the time of service. Please visit Goettschonline.com to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences with Jack’s family.

Jack Lee Spore was born March 28, 1950, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Bertram “Earl” and Veralouise (Bruce) Spore. He graduated from Prairie High School in the Class of 1968 and attended the University of Northern Iowa. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1974 from Coe College in Cedar Rapids.

Following his graduation from college Jack accepted a position as a teacher and coach for the Monticello Community Schools. During his 34 years of service to the community he taught Science, Health, and Drivers Education. He also coached girls’ and boys’ track, football, and wrestling. What he loved most about coaching was seeing his student athletes better themselves through their participation. He saw all his students as his “kids.”

He enjoyed fishing, trips to the Boundary Waters, and, as a conservation-minded nature lover, was very much at home spending time outdoors. He was also a huge animal lover and had several pets over the years. He liked listening to all genres of music, especially rock and roll. In his youth he played bass guitar and was a member of the garage band Shadows of Doubt.

Remembering Jack are his brother Bert (Rebecca) Spore, Cedar Rapids, half-brothers Tom (Mary) Spore, Vinton, and John Spore, Vinton, and his half-sister Charlene Hoff, Vinton, a niece, and nephews Chad (Julie) Spore, Chelsey (Don) McDill, and Christopher Spore, several half-nieces and great-nieces and -nephews, as well as many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials can be directed to Animal Welfare Friends, Monticello, IA.

Jack’s family and friends wish to thank the staffs of Pennington Square Assisted Living, Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and UnityPoint-St. Luke’s Hospice for the excellent care and compassion they provided.

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