loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather
Laroy “Larry” Spateholts Jr., 96, of Cuba, NY passed away peacefully at his home Tuesday (Aug. 22, 2023) with loved ones by his side.
Born Sept 28, 1926, in Hudson, he was the youngest of five children of Laroy “Roy” Sr. and Eva Jones Spateholts.
Larry was a 1944 graduate of Hudson High School.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served from January 1945 to August 1946, with honorable discharge. He was stationed as a medical corpsman at several naval Hospitals in NYC and Long Island. He received the Victory Medal and American Theater Medal.
He enrolled at Alfred University and graduated in 1950 with a degree in drafting. He began work at Acme Electric as a draftsman in Cuba, where he retired after 37 years in 1987.
While at Alfred, Larry met Barbara Hurlburt. They were married in Whitesville on March 25, 1951 and resided in Cuba until Barbara predeceased him Dec. 26, 2015 (64 years).
Larry was very active in the community: 50-plus years Cuba Fire Department and Past Presidents’ Association; 50-plus years Boy Scouts of America; Cuba Community Development Corp; and Cuba Methodist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Bob (Barbara Franano) Spateholts of Moscow, Idaho and Jim (Mary) Spateholts of Nunda; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023, at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull St., Cuba, with a Celebration of Life Service beginning at 3 p.m. The Rev. Rebecca Worth will officiate. Larry and Barbara will be interred together in a private ceremony at Whitesville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cuba Methodist Church; Cuba Fire Department; or Cuba Circulating Library.