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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Stanley Gene Spadoni 80, of Rolla

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  • Stanley Gene Spadoni, of Rolla, was born in Auburn, CA on May 7, 1933 and died in Rolla, MO on August 26, 2013.  He entered the Army as a Private in 1948 and retired as a Major in 1972.  On September 26, 1956, he was united in marriage with the former Dorothy Halsted of Aberdeen, Maryland.
    When you look up the word “achievement” in the dictionary it should simply read:
    “Stanley G. Spadoni”.
    Most of us know Stan Spadoni as the former Rolla Police Chief and long-time Ward 2 Rolla City Councilman.  What some of you may not know is that those were just a couple of his undertakings during his “retirement years”.  After leaving the Rolla Police Department in 1988, Stan also served as the Director of the Federal and Missouri State Surplus Division, Chief Ranger of the Missouri State Parks Department, consultant to the Sheriff  during the construction of the Phelps County Jail and Phelps County Jail Administrator.  These positions followed his retirement after 24 years of service from the U.S. Army with the rank of Major.  Stan Spadoni is a veteran of both the Korean War and the Vietnam War.  He was a member of the Korean War Veteran’s Association in Rolla.
    After his retirement from the Army, Stan took his first position as Chief of Police in Keokuk, IA.  He had been the Chief of Police in Nevada, MO for 5 years when he accepted the position of Rolla Police Chief in 1979, where he faithfully served the Rolla Community for 9 years.  Chief Spadoni was brought in during a tumultuous time in RPD history.  Under Spadoni’s leadership, policies were enforced, forward thinking policing was embraced, and professionalism was paramount.
    His tenure saw:  the implementation of the personal car program, coordination of the RPD response to the John Brown manhunt, increase in the criminal investigation unit, improved training programs, creation of a Reserve Police Program, a two position upgraded communications console, building improvements, improved employee tenure, recognition of stress related to a law enforcement career and retention of a department psychologist, just to name a few.  His commitment to advancement of law enforcement as a career went beyond the Rolla Police Department as he also served as President of the Missouri Police Chief’s Association.  As you can see, Stan Spadoni was never one to let too much grass grow under his feet.
    He could never be accused of quiet, unassuming leadership.  You always knew just where you stood with him.  If there was a point to be made, a wrong to be made right or a party to be convinced, Stan Spadoni would clearly make his position known.  So it was clear when Missouri Legislature began deliberating new laws to better protect Missouri’s children, Chief Stan G. Spadoni would be involved.  In 1986, Missouri Governor John Ashcroft appointed Spadoni to the Missouri Committee to Protect Our Children.  As part of this committee, they researched legislation addressing laws that we see as standard practice today; such as drug education, sex offender registry and drug-free school zones.
    Page 2 of 2 - Stan is survived by his wife, Dorothy of the home; and four sons, David of Petaluma, CA, Richard (Rick) of Rolla, Warren (Ray) of Waynesville, and Daniel of Las Vegas, NV, as well as a much-loved cousin, Hazel Pinochi of Roseville, CA.  
    He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Betty Horne of CA.
    A funeral service for Stan G. Spadoni will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at the Null and Son Funeral Home of Rolla. Interment will follow at 1 p.m. at the Ft. Leonard Wood State Veteran’s Cemetery with Full Military Honors.  A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Monday, September 2 at the funeral home.  
    Memorial contributions are suggested to the Missouri Veteran’s Home Assistance League.
    Online condolences may be offered at www.nullandsonfuneralhome.com.
    All arrangements are under the direction of the Null and Son Funeral Home of Rolla.
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