On July 20, 2007 my father, Glenn Oakman, passed away suddenly. In the turmoil of dealing with all that comes with a loved ones passing we were blessed to have family and friends step forward to help in anyway possible. The Waynedale Community has always been a close knit, supportive community. Growing up in Waynedale we always said we needed a good family style dining restaurant. Well, I believe we have gotten one of the best. If you travel down Bluffton Road near Sandpoint you will find a little piece of dining heaven called Spyro’s Pancake House. My father was retired so he had no day to day schedule to keep other than making sure he got to Spyro’s in time to order his favorite breakfast, The 2 x 4. Even if he was a little late the waitresses, all of which he knew by name, would just slide the order in.

Owner’s Sam and Jean Giatras do not use the term “family dining” as just a marketing slogan. They cater to each family that walks in their door. During the dinner break of my father’s showing Sam and Jean lovingly opened the door of their restaurant after hours to my family and closest friends so that we could sit down in a quiet setting away from the funeral home to relax and have a good meal. I approached Jean and asked if this would be possible and without hesitation she said they would be honored to serve our family. From the time they saw the first car pull into the parking lot they started setting the tables family style with food and drinks.

A special thanks to Barb and Robert who took time out of their evening to help serve. Our family was able to sit and dine in my father’s favorite restaurant while relaxing and readying ourselves for the evening services. They took care of every detail clear down to the Hershey Kisses on the table. For anyone who knew my father they knew he was raised in Hershey by the Milton Hershey School for Boys. Sam and Jean, who heard these stories endlessly, remembered and set them out in tribute. That is the kind of people they are. The least little detail that you think they may not be concerned about is the thing they remember. When you visit Spyros Pancake House do not be surprised to see the waitresses calling customers by their first names or stopping to give someone a peck on the cheek.

My father looked forward every day to eating and meeting people there and getting that last head poke into the kitchen for one of Jean’s famous kisses on the cheek. Not only did the Spyros Family open their doors to my family but they opened their hearts. They went over and above the call of duty to help our family transition during this time. There are not enough words available to thank them for all the support they have given us. So the next time you are in the Waynedale area and need a good meal, stop in to see Sam, Jean and the rest of the gang and let them know that Glenn sent you.


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