Joe was born April 13, 1928, in Clay County, the son of Athony Spugnardi and Opal Smith Spugnardi.
He graduated from Brazil High School on May 22, 1946. During high school, he was the captain of the football team.
He enlisted in the United States Army on July 1, 1946. He served in Korea in the Army of occupations in 1946-47. He served as a rifleman in the 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.
He attended Canterbury College in Danville, Ind., and then Indiana State Teacher's College.
In 1951, he joined his father at the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Terre Haute. He served in many capacities, eventually retiring as President when he and his sister sold the business in 1981. He served as a consultant to the new owners until July 10, 1991.
Joe was a member of the American Legion Post No. 2 for more than 50 years, a life member of the V.F.W. Post No. 1127, a member for more than 50 years of the Brazil Elks No. 762, a 30-year member of the 40 and 8 Voiture No. 1287, member of the Eagles Club No. 274 and the Annunciation Church.
Joe was an avid walker and enjoyed his almost daily stroll through Forest Park. He was proud of his Italian heritage and was a devoted and loyal friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents, the mother of his children Roseanne Weust Spugnardi and granddaughter Tiffany Lynn.
Survivors include daughter Angela Clark and husband Mike, Brazil, sons Tony Spugardi and wife Heidi, Brazil, and Allan Spugnardi and wife Lisa, Cloverdale, former daughter-in-law Maria Tyler, grandchildren Chad Spugnardi, Stephanie Spugnardi and fiancÚ Mike Bryer, Andy Spugnardi, Brittney Spugnardi, Olivia Spugnardi, Carmyn Spugnardi, sister Joan S. Brown, niece Rebecca Pell, great-nieces Jessica, Julia and Jenny, former step-daughter Lisa Watler and her husband Glen and her family of Brazil, and a host of close friends.
Funeral services will take place Monday at 11 a.m., at French Funeral Home with Father Dom Chukwudi.
Visitation will be Sunday from 4-8 p.m., and again Monday prior to services. Pallbearers will include Tony Spugnardi, Allan Spugnardi, Andy Spugnardi, Mike Byrer, Mike clark and Milton Burns. Honorary pallbearers will be his good friends Dale Alford, Jerry Buck, William G. Brown and Dr. Charles French.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Vista Care, 3401 S. 4th St., Terre Haute, 47802, or to Annunciation Church, 415 E. Church St., Brazil.
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