Roy Gene Spudich, 89, of Mount Olive died on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 at Heritage Health of Staunton.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 at Becker & Son Funeral Home in Mount Olive. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 at Becker & Son Funeral Home in Mount Olive, with Father Larry Anschutz officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olive City Cemetery.
He was born on Oct. 20, 1926 in Livingston to George and Dorothy Spudich. On Dec. 30, 1950, he married Shirley Melm at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Livingston. She passed away on June 24, 1986. On March 23, 1987, he married Beulah Duvall Grejtak in Montego Bay, Jamaica. She survives in Mount Olive.
Mr. Spudich graduated from Livingston High School with the class of 1944. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving as a courier in Washington, D.C. He worked for Granite City Steel for many years and retired in 1988 from the U.S. Postal Service.
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He collected World War II memorabilia, enjoyed woodworking, gardening, landscaping, and holiday decorating. He loved Croatian music and dancing. He especially loved his dog, Eddie.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Livingston.
Other survivors include a son, Neal (Theresa) Spudich of Staunton; daughters, Carol Ramseier of Shiloh and Jill (Randy) Litteken of St. Jacob; step-daughters, Patty Grejtak of Mount Olive and Gena Grejtak (companion Bill Grider) of Greenville; a step-son, Darrell (Penny) Mansholt of Chatanoga, Tenn.; brothers, George (Lynette) Spudich of Glen Carbon and John (Dee) Spudich of Granite City; a sister, Violet (Al) Stein of Staunton; grandchildren, Derek (Heather) Spudich, Josie Beard, Chelsea (Matt) Brown, Kristin (Nick) Hegel, Kaylle Ramseier, Cody (fiancée Kaitlyn) Litteken, Grant (Tara) Litteken, Jackie (Chris) Pizzo, Mike( Krissi) Mansholt, Jason (Amy) Hardas, Kelly (Derrick) Fitzgerald, Brian Hardas, Tracy (fiancé Dan) Hardas, Jakob Hardas and Corey Grejtak; and 21 great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, John Cox who raised him; and a grandson-in-law, Dennis Beard.
Memorials may be made to the Mount Olive City Cemetery, Mount Olive Academic Foundation or Adopt-A-Pet.