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“Nick was a very important man for me and taught me many things when he hosted me in Texas when I chose to live in the United States in my twenties....Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Paul Dinapoyias

“Our memories are so bright thinking about Nick. Sig and I loved fishing at your tank, those were such good memories. We wish you the best Dorothy,...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Roger Fuller

“To the Spanos family, I want to extend my condolences in the loss of Mr. Spanos. I don't know if you remember but my parents sold Mr. Spanos...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Margaret Jones - Lorena, TX

“Nick was always kind to me, and by example, he inspired me as a family and business person. With Sincere Sympathy, Wayne ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Wayne Peel - Waco, TX

“Fran and Family, God Bless and watch over each of you in this time of sadness and sorrow... You all will be in our thoughts and prayers in the...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Cristi and Gary Garner - Waco, TX

“Dorothy and the girls. Our sincere condolences on the loss of Nick. We have so many good and precious memories of the parties at the ranch and just...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Mitch and Rhonda Seymour - TX

“Kathy, Dorothy and Fran, We send our deepest condolences to you and your family. Nick was a great man and you guys were his world. May the memories...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Rene Masiongale - Waco, TX

“I love you Nick always my friend, my friend, you will be truly missed. Audra ”
8 of 16 | Posted by: audra sypho - waco, TX

“Sorry to hear about the passing of Nick Spanos: I remember a visit I had with Nick one day on his boat at Ridgewood Country Club. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Bill Foster - Waco, TX

“sonny and i are keeping you all in our prayers. we were fortunate enough to have spent some time with nick and what a magnificent man he was. we...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: carolyn and sonny friedman - TX

“Nick has always treated us like family and we will always remember all the good times we shared together. Thank you for the memories and you will...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Milton & Patty Frank - Spring, TX

“We are deeply saddened by your father’s death. We send our condolences to your family. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Keith & Linda Bienvenu - Harahan, LA

“To Fran & all, What a great man, cool guy. Incredible dads are heros always in our hearts. Nick set the bar high and surpassed it always...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Jean (Scruggs) Warren - Austin, TX

“Fran,I can't begin to tell you how truly sorry I was to learn of your father's passing. You and your family are in my prayers. ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Charlie Wallace - Falls Church, VA

“Prayers of peace and comfort to the Spanos family. I know you all have so many great memories of Poppa Nick as so many of us do. What an amazing man,...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Lisa Jenkins - Galveston, TX

“Love and prayers to those who Nick loved most of all. There are many of you and you know who you are. He was an outstanding husband, father,...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Jacque Cullom - Lockhart, TX


Nick L. Spanos July 25, 1931 - July 19, 2013 Nick L. Spanos of Crawford, Texas, passed away peacefully at the age of 81, Friday, July 19, 2013, surrounded by his family. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Waco with the Rev. Joe Geleney and Msgr. Mark Deering as Celebrants. Burial will follow at St. Paul Memorial Cemetery in Crawford. Rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m., and visitation will follow, Monday, July 22, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel. Nick was born July 25, 1931 in Berwyn, Illinois, to Greek immigrants, Louis and Grace Spanos. He grew up in Chicago until joining the U. S. Air force in 1950. He was stationed in Waco, where he met the love of his life and soul mate, Dorothy Zapalac. They were married October 19, 1956, and celebrated 56 years of marriage. Nick was a faithful and devoted Catholic. He and Dorothy are members of St. Eugene's Catholic Church in McGregor, Texas. In 1966, Nick began his own personal company with two old trucks and a tractor as an agent for Red Arrow Freight Lines, LeeWay Motor Freight and Tex-Pack Express, which led him to owning and operating Nick L. Spanos Trucking Company. Together Nick and Dorothy expanded their operations by adding Nick L. Spanos Warehouses and Texas Aero, where both were pilots. As a result, he became a transportation icon with first-class operations in the trucking and aeronautical industries. He was a very successful business man and loved working even after "retirement". Flying ND Ranch and the Spanos Coffee Station in Crawford kept him involved in the business realm. In addition to spending time at their ranch in Crawford, Nick also enjoyed spending time at their homes in Horseshoe Bay, Texas and Beaver Creek, Colorado. Nick had many accomplishments in his life, but all were second to the undying love he had for his family. He will forever be remembered by the words of his favorite song, "I did it my way". Nick was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Harry Spanos and sister, Bessie Zerlentes. He was also preceded in death by his dog, Angel and cat, BK, who are waiting to greet him at the Rainbow Bridge. Nick is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his daughters, Kathy Leuschner and husband, Vernon of Robinson, and Fran Shelton and husband, Ricky of Crawford; grandchildren, Bobby Spanos and wife, Maria of Crawford, Nicole Morrill of Arlington, Virginia, Chris Spanos and wife, Nicole, of Marble Falls, TX, Brandon Shelton of Nashville, Tennessee, Brianna Shelton and fiance, Kyle Hunstiger of Boston, Massachusetts, and Nick Shelton of College Station, TX; his great grandchildren, Ashlyn Spanos, Gracie Morrill, Kameron Spanos, Mia Morrill and Hunter Spanos. Also surviving is his sister-in-law, Yvonne Spanos and brother-in-law, John Zerlentes of Illinois, nieces and nephews; devoted caregiver and friend, Audra Sypho; and pets, Gabe, Lady, Mouse and Podthia. Pallbearers are Bobby Spanos, Chris Spanos, Nick Shelton, Brandon Shelton, Stephen Spanos and Kyle Hunstiger. Memorials may be made to Fuzzy Friends Rescue. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Memorial Guestbook" at www.WilkirsonHatchBailey.com.