William E. Spainhoward

November 8, 1924February 18, 2012

William Spainhoward worked hard his whole life and spent his remaining years perfecting the art of the deal. Not in the stock market, not in real estate, but in the areas of garage sales, estate sales and flea markets. Other people's castoff possesions were his treasures, especially if he could make a profit on the resale. His children say he bragged about turning a piece for profit, and if he lost money on a deal he never said so. He dealt in everything from clocks to cactus, especially clocks.

Mr. Spainhoward was described by his children as a hard worker who never complained. He was a career military man, enlisting in the U.S Army during the Korean War. In his 20th year of service he was called to serve in Vietnam. He returned to civilian life and worked as engineer for the Electo Motive Diesel Company in St. Louis.

Mr. Spainhoward passed away surrounded by his family on February 18, 2012, at the Missouri Veterans' Home in North St. Louis County. He was preceded in death by his wife Melitta (Steinbichler) Spainhoward. He is survived by children John (Sue) Spainhoward and Dagmar (Walter) Schmitt. Grandchildren Serge Spainhoward, Shawn Spainhoward, Sherry Schmitt and Lora Monroe; great-grandchildren Tori, Cierra and Meeka Spainhoward and Peyton and Taylor Monroe, and a brother John "Jack" Spainhoward.

He was preceded in death by his parents John W. and Louella (Tillotson) Spainhoward brothers Sam, Claude and Jaycee Spainhoward and a sister Elsie Ruth "Sue" Spainhoward.

A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. on Wednesday February 22, 2012, at Alexander-White-Mullen Funeral Home, 11101 St. Charles Rock Road, St. Ann, Mo. Burial will be in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the funeral home preceding the service. Condolences may be offered through Arrangements under the direction of Alexander-White-Mullen Funeral Home, Saint Ann, MO.


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 22, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 22, 2012

William E. Spainhoward

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Drew and Rose Garland

February 21, 2012

Dagmar and Walt,

We send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Kathy Durand

February 21, 2012

John and Family - I am so sorry to hear about your Father. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May you be comforted by the memories you shared.

Diane Richardson

February 21, 2012

Dearest Dagmar and Walt, I know this has been a difficult time for you and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

February 21, 2012

May God be with you Dagmar & Johnie and your families....he was the sweetest uncle a niece could ever have and we were all so blessed to have him in our family....wish I could be with you all in this time of need...blessings to all and I love you....Lucy Davis and family

Sandra Albers

February 20, 2012

John, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

James Cross

February 19, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.