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Theodore P. Spanbauer

Theodore P. “Ted” Spanbauer, 70, Round Top, Texas, formerly of Woodstock, died July 23, 2012, in Austin, Texas.

He was born June 5, 1942, in Detroit to Theodore F. and Margie (Kepner) Spanbauer.  

On Jan. 7, 1989, he married Susan Voigt in Woodstock.

He was raised in Decatur and attended St. Theresa High School.  He graduated from the University of Illinois – Champaign – Urbana in 1967 with a degree in horticulture. He worked at Spanbauer Greenhouse with his father, grandfather and uncle.  The family moved to Woodstock in the early ‘70s, to the Rose Farm.  He was employed with Durbin Stovall Real Estate.  In 1988, he went into horticulture sales with Star Roses. He served on the Woodstock Plan Commission and other city committees.  He also served as a Dorr Township trustee.

He was a member and past president of the Woodstock Noon Rotary Club and the Woodstock Jaycees.  He was very active in both organizations, working on projects such as Christmas Clearing House and rose day.  He advanced to the state level of the Jaycees, holding a state senator position with the organization.

While in Texas, he was involved with the Festival Hill Music Institute. He volunteered at the Round Top Family Library and was a member of the Round Top Rifle Association.  He had been newly elected to the Round Top City Council. He enjoyed woodworking, biking and sailing.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Ted A. (Cheryl) Spanbauer, Woodstock, and Luke Spanbauer, Crystal Lake;  two daughters, Brandi Spanbauer, Lakewood,  and Bridget (Sean) Riesenbeck, Clarendon Hills; four stepchildren, Nicholas (Dessie) Voigt, Roscoe, Wendy Cox, Abby (Brent) Westman, Woodstock, and Amelia (Jim) Suchy, Woodstock; seven grandchildren, Peyton, Taylor, Mia, Jada, Addison, Anna and Madyson; nine step-grandchildren, Mykenzie, Tegan, Abby, Tyler, Jacob, Brandy, Nicholas, Izaak and Harrison; two brothers, Mike (Kathleen) Spanbauer, Elkhorn, Wis., and Ron (Cheryl) Spanbauer, Horseshoe, N.C.; a sister, Patty (Bob) Smith, Decatur; an aunt, Geri Richardson, Decatur; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Todd; his grandparents; aunts; uncles; and his mother- and father-in-law.  

Visitation was held July 29 and 30 at the Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock. The funeral Mass was July 30 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Woodstock.

Interment followed in Calvary Cemetery, Woodstock.

Memorials may be made to the St. Mary Guardian Angel Fund at St. Mary Church, 312 Lincoln Ave., Woodstock, Il 60098.

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