Dr. Otto Arnold Spiegel, 87, of Sebring, Florida, a former chiropractor in Decatur and known as "Dr. O.A." in Sebring, passed away at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Lake Placid Nursing Home.
He was born to Otto and Stella Spiegel in Indiana on February 4, 1924, and the family moved shortly after to Wisconsin, where he grew up.
He joined the U.S. Navy in 1941 and was a radio operator at a secret military radio station overlooking Pearl Harbor during World War II.
He married his love, Gloa Martha Bleeke, and they celebrated 65 years of marriage.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Janalee Spiegel, and a grandson, Seth Samuel Spiegel.
He is survived by his loving wife; his three sons, Dr. David Arnold Spiegel, Dr. James Ronald Spiegel, and Jon Kevin Spiegel, all of Sebring; his daughters-in-law, Dr. Susan Spiegel, Penny Spiegel, and Judy Spiegel, all of Sebring; five grandchildren, Mrs. Richard (Juliet) Siver, Jonathan Spiegel (and wife Christie), Mrs. Brian (Shelley) Glisson, Sean Spiegel, and Shaanan Spiegel; his three adopted grandchildren, Michelle Spiegel, Samantha Welch, and Zebadiah "Cody" Spiegel; and 13 great-grandchildren, all in the Sebring area.
He was an elder in and a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Sebring and was well-known for his free sports physicals for the students of Highlands, Hardee, and Okeechobee counties for years.
While in the Navy, he attained the G.I. Bill for education. Dr. O.A. Spiegel graduated in May of 1949 from Lincoln Chiropractic College, graduated in August of 1950 from O'Neil College of Chiropractic, and received a diploma from Central States College of Physiatrics in April of 1952.
Dr. O.A. practiced in Decatur until moving to Port Charlotte, Florida, in 1973. He moved to Sebring in November of 1976, where he practiced with his son, Dr. James R. Spiegel, until he retired after more than 56 years of doing what he loved best: helping people.
Dr. O.A. was a past board member of the Airport Authority.
He went to many meetings and wrote many articles trying to establish water conservation in Florida, which was a passion of his. He was an avid saltwater and freshwater fisherman all of his life.
He loved to tell stories of his years in the Navy and his fishing catches and about anything else that came to mind.
He enjoyed helping his son, Jon Spiegel, who does hypnosis in Sebring, and is responsible for the downtown circle's Christmas display of lights.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Faith Lutheran Church are requested.