ROUND TOP, Texas – Theodore P. "Ted" Spanbauer, 70, of Round Top, Texas, formerly of Woodstock, died July 23, 2012, in Austin, Texas.|
Ted was born June 5, 1942 in Detroit to Theodore F. and Margie (Kepner) Spanbauer. He married Susan Voigt on Jan. 7, 1989, in Woodstock.
He was raised in Decatur and attended St. Teresa High School. He graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 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 for 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 City Planning Commission and other city committees. He also served as a Dorr Township trustee.
Ted 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 Clearinghouse 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, Susan Spanbauer of Round Top, Texas; children, Ted A. (Cheryl) Spanbauer of Woodstock, Luke Spanbauer of Crystal Lake, Brandi Spanbauer of Lakewood and Bridget (Sean) Riesenbeck of Clarendon Hills; stepchildren, Nicholas (Dessie) Voigt of Roscoe, Wendy Cox, Abby (Brent) Westman of Woodstock and Amelia (Jim) Suchy of Woodstock; grandchildren, Peyton, Taylor, Mia, Jada, Addison, Anna and Madyson; stepgrandchildren, Mykenzie, Tegan, Abby, Tyler, Jacob, Brandy, Nicholas, Izaak and Harrison; siblings, Mike (Kathleen) Spanbauer of Elkhorn, Wis., Ron (Cheryl) Spanbauer of Horseshoe, N.C. and Patty (Bob) Smith of Decatur; aunt, Geri Richardson of Decatur; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Todd; his grandparents; aunts and uncles; and his mother- and father-in-law.
The visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, 1211 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock. The visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Monday, July 30, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Woodstock. Interment will follow in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Woodstock.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Mary Guardian Angel Fund at St. Mary Church, 312 Lincoln Ave., Woodstock, IL 60098.
Published in the Northwest Herald on July 27, 2012