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September 18, 2013

RAY MOSCOWITZ: Miami County's newest judge as legal roots

They’ve got to be smiling up there – Russel Wildman, Charles Edwards and Robert Spahr.

Each man is part of the legal fabric of Miami County’s newest jurist, Circuit Court Judge Tim Spahr.

He’s just 40, but Spahr has accumulated a massive amount of life experience – the kind of right stuff that’s essential in making rulings that have potential societal ramifications.

“The toughest part of being a judge,” Spahr responds when asked, “is that I spend a lot of time outside of work mulling over cases, mentally ‘chewing’ on them as I sort out how best to resolve them.”

“Mentally chewing” is nothing new to him. As an attorney, he said, “I always used to spend a lot of time worrying about my clients’ situations and trying to decide how best I could help them. It probably is just part of my personality to always be actively thinking about work, even outside normal work hours.”

That happens to people with a powerful work ethic and the character they develop while growing up. Spahr’s first job was working for Walsh’s Relay in Peru, driving all night around north-central Indiana to deliver newspapers in bulk quantities. “It was an adventure,” he says.

Now he’s on a vastly different adventure, occupying the circuit court seat his father, Robert, 66, held before dying in September 2012 of cancer only a month after being diagnosed. Like his father, Tim was appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels.

His mother, Nancy, a noted early childhood music instructor and piano teacher, still teaches childhood music classes and piano to many students, including Spahr’s two children.

“My mother has taught me the value of discipline and hard work,” Spahr says. “She instilled in me a love for music that I will carry for the rest of my life.”

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