In Memory

Teddy Spatol** - Class Of 1966

Teddy Spatol**

Theodore A. Spatol
1947 - 2006

Ted was born April 1, 1947 and died at the age of 59, after a short illness, while serving his country in Iraq on December 14, 2006. He was with the Army's 1041st Engineer Company.

Teddy was born to Thomas G. and Bessie M. (Empy) Spatol in Oneida, N.Y., he grew up in a military family, living in various locations, including six years in Japan. The family moved to New Jersey, where Ted graduated with the class of 1966.

After graduation, Ted joined the Navy Seabees, serving three tours in Vietnam. He later joined the Army National Guard, where he was enlisted until the time of his death, serving his country for 40 years.

In 1979, he married the love of his life, Kathy Dawn French, in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. They moved to Lander, where they owned and operated TnK Delicatessen from 1980 to 1986. They then moved to Thermopolis, where Ted became a recruiter for the Wyoming Army National Guard, a position held for six years.

Ted and his wife then opened Spatol's Delicatessen, serving the best hoagies in the West. Selling the business in 1997, they opened Yesterday's Detail Shop, selling it after two years. They then operated a concession hot dog cart, "Hot Spot Dogs," and people would come from all around to visit with Ted and enjoy his infectious smile.

I found Teddy picture on page 79 of the 1964 Kappa Yearbook ; he was a Freshman and from his picture, you can tell he was a fun kid.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge – Free Masons from 1972 to 2006. He was a member of the Methodist Church. His interests included NASCAR racing, motorcycles and restoring antique cars. He worked as a heavy equipment mechanic most of his life.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy, of 27 years, of Thermopolis; three daughters, Pamela (Richard) Giannino of Riverton and Krystal and Elisabeth "Lisa" Spatol of Thermopolis; brother Donald of New Jersey; sister Irene Guisinger of New York; four grandchildren, AJ, Ricquelle and Jonathan Giannino and Koren Gene; plus several nieces and nephews of Wyoming, New York and New Jersey. He was preceded in death by an infant son, parents and two brothers.

We found Teddy's obituray that was published in the Billings Gazette, near his hometown of Thermopolis, Wyoming. Memorial services for Sfc. Theodore A. "Ted" Spatol were held on Thursday, December 21, at the First Baptist Church in Thermopolis, with Pastor Harvey Seidel officiating.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the NASCAR Victory Junction Camp for terminally ill children, c/o Pinnacle Bank, PO Box 1369, Thermopolis, WY 82443.

The Johnson High alumni will miss Teddy very much.