Richard "Dick" L. Spaziani
September 7, 1928 - February 28, 2018
Richard Louis Spaziani, 89 of Salem, OR, passed away peacefully on Feb. 28th 2018 in Salem. Richard (Dick) was born in Watertown NY to George and Faye Spaziani on Sept. 7th 1928. After graduating high school in 1946 he enlisted in the Army Air Force and spent 6 years honorably serving our country.
He was first stationed in Wichita Falls, TX at the U.S. Air Force Training Base and became a Permanent Grade Staff Sargent. While there he became a Mechanic Supervisor working on the B-29s. Later, Dick was stationed at Kadena Air Force Base on Okinawa during the Korean War.
After an honorable discharge Dick went to NY Univ. and graduated from the Stern School of Business with a Master's degree. After graduation Dick work at Gimbal Brothers dept. store where he developed an inventory system for one of their departments. He then worked as an Industrial Engineer for Republic Aviation on Long Island, NY. He and a crew were sent to Bitburg, Germany to work on the F-105 fighter jets to help solve an issue the planes were having.
While at the Bitburg Air Force Base he met Jeanne duBuy, a Military Dependent School Teacher. They married and she introduced him to her home town Salem, OR, where their first son Richard (Rick) was born. Dick decided to continue his education at Oregon State Univ. Shortly after the family moved to Tillamook, OR, where Dick taught at the high school. It was there that their second son, Marc, was born.
In 1966 the Government of Guam invited Dick to set up a Vocational Education Dept. at the University of Guam. He accepted and the family spent three years on Guam. Dick was then accepted into the Doctoral Program at Oregon State Univ. He graduated in the top 5%, received his Ed. D. in education and joined Phi Kappa Phi as an honorary member.
In 1972 Dick was invited by the Univ. of Alaska S.E., in Juneau AK., to develop a Vocational Education Dept. for the Univ. After successfully creating the dept., Dick was asked to become Deputy Director of Education Program Support for the state of AK. After a wonderful career, Dick retired in 1987.
After retirement, Dick and Jeanne volunteered at the AK. State Museum for several years before moving back down to Salem, OR.
Above all, Dick enjoyed being with his family and friends; followed closely by traveling! He also enjoyed cooking, playing cards, and telling stories of his adventurous life. For all those who had the good fortune of knowing him, an evening involving all three was a definite pleasure.
Dick is survived by his wife Jeanne, of 55 years; son Rick, his wife Sonya and grandsons Garren and Chase; Son Marc, his partner Katrina Matheny, granddaughters Kaylee (Matthew) Potter, Markie Spaziani and grandson Kegan Young; Daughter, by a previous marriage, Jeanne Spaziani (Laurie) Booth, living in England and grandchildren Lucas and Jessamine Booth.
No funeral services are planned at this time. There will be a celebration of his life later this year for this "extraordinary man", as one of Dick's hospice care team puts it, but the date hasn't been set.
The family wishes to extend its gratitude to Serenity Hospice. In so many ways each member of Dick's hospice team not only helped Dick in his final weeks, but the whole family as well.
Please make any donations in Dick's honor to Serenity Hospice Hope Foundation, http://serenityhospice.org/ 11481 SE Hall Blvd. Suite 200. Tigard, OR 97223