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ANACONDA - Celebration of Life Service for Mr. Edward J. "Ed" Spanbauer, age 82, will be held from the Anaconda Chapel of KT Riddle Funeral Homes, Saturday afternoon, May 3, at 2 p.m., with family members conducting. Inurnment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Family visitation was held Wednesday afternoon at the funeral home.

Mr. Spanbauer passed away peacefully, Wednesday morning, April 30, 2003, at the Community Nursing Home of Anaconda, with family members at his side. He was a resident of the Nursing Home for the past three years.

Edward John was born on Oct. 8, 1920, in Blackfoot, Idaho, a son of Joseph and Mary Spanbauer. On Feb. 5, 1946, he married Martha L. Carter in Blackfoot. In 1952, Ed and family moved to Anaconda from Blackfoot, and Ed went to work for the Anaconda Co. as a smelterman. He worked at the smelter until he retired in 1980. Ed enjoyed working with wood and doing wood crafts.

Ed was a loving man, he was very calm and had a lot of patience, he was known as "Grampie" to many and will always be remembered a kind, loving soul.

Memorial donations are requested to the Community Hospital and Nursing Home of Anaconda Foundation, 401 W. Pennsylvania, Anaconda, MT 59711 or to a charity of donor's choice.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Martha, at the Anaconda home; a daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Mike Nicholes of Billings; a son and daughter-in-law, Ted and Mary Spanbauer of Anaconda; grandchildren, Leanne and husband John Swanson of Billings, Scott and wife Angie Nicholes of Caldwell, Idaho, Kim Spanbauer of Santa Clara, Calif., Ryan Spanbauer and fiancee Kim McDeed of Kalispell; three special great-granddaughters, Megan and Alyssa Swanson, and Michalla Nicholes; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Marie Spanbauer of Jerome, Idaho; sisters-in-law Regina Spanbauer of Blackfoot and Mary Spanbauer of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Ed is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George, Bill, Frank and Joe; a sister, Marie; and a special brother-in-law and sister-in-law Waitsel and Jennie Parks.

Services and cremation are under the care of the KT Riddle Funeral Homes, Anaconda.

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