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William Anthony Spedale

Died: October 7, 2017

William Anthony Spedale passed away on Saturday, October 7, 2017, after fighting Parkinson’s disease. A lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, he was born on March 24, 1933. He graduated from Redemptorist High School class of 1952 and enlisted and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Upon his return, he began…read more

William Anthony Spedale passed away on Saturday, October 7, 2017, after fighting Parkinson’s disease. A lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, he was born on March 24, 1933. He graduated from Redemptorist High School class of 1952 and enlisted and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Upon his return, he began work at the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development. He married the love of his life, Theresa Vicaro, in 1957. Billy had a life-long interest in the American Civil War and World War II. He was a historian, an avid collector of Civil War and WWII memorabilia. He gave presentations to clubs, schools and had a weekly segment on Louisiana history on the local television program “Baton Rouge Today”. Billy also organized tours of the Port Hudson battle field for local and international groups. He helped in the restoration of the USS Kidd and helped establish the Hall Of Honor, a display of memorabilia from local veterans of WWII in the Kidd Museum. He also was a tour guide and assisted the Kidd staff with visiting ships. He was a Wedding photographer and a film maker for the promotion of historical projects. He was the founder and first president of the Republic of West Florida Museum in Jackson, Louisiana. He was a Commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and a past president of the Baton Rouge Civil War Round Table. Billy wrote several books on local history including ‘Battle of Baton Rouge 1863’, the story of Baton Rouge in the Civil War; ‘Where Bugles Called and Rifles Gleamed’, a companion book on the battle of Port Hudson; and ‘Heroes of Harding Field’, a complete work on the time when the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport was a training base for fighter plane and bomber pilots of the U.S Army Air Corps during WWII. Billy received recognition for his life work from The Foundation for Historical Louisiana. Billy is survived by his three daughters, Terri Spedale Daly and her husband John Daly, Janel Spedale Willett and longtime companion Bill McCarthy, and Mari Spedale Rhinehart and husband Bill Rhinehart of The Woodlands, Texas, and three grandchildren, William Zachary Atkinson, Sarah Elizabeth Rhinehart of The Woodlands, Texas, and Caytlin Daly Jennings and husband Spencer Jennings of Tallahassee, Florida. He is preceded in death by his wife, Theresa Vicaro Spedale, parents Joe and Maggie Spedale, and siblings A.J. Spedale, Jo Louise Spedale Lafaso, Virginia (Ginny) Spedale Carmena, Carlo (Speedy) Spedale, Roland (Bud) Spedale and Lewis Spedale. Visitation will be on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Rabenhorst Funeral Home (825 Government St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802) from 5-9 P.M. Visitation will resume Wednesday at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church from 9:30 a.m. until a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. We would like to thank the caregivers that took such great care of him while he was still at home. We would also like to thank Sunrise Senior Living facility and The Hospice of Baton Rouge for the excellent care and support they provided during the difficult last days. They have been our angels here on earth. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, The Hospice of Baton Rouge or any historical foundation of your choice.

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Visitation Information

Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Rabenhorst Funeral Home

Address:

825 Government Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church

Address:

9150 Highland Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Time: 10:30 am -

St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church

Address:

9150 Highland Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

Cemetery Information

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Roselawn Memorial Park

Address:

4045 North Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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