PEORIA, Ill. — With Father’s Day approaching, Budweiser is gaining attention for its new ad, highlighting stepfathers who played a special role in their children’s lives.
Two Central Illinois daughters surprised their stepfather in a similar way back in 2015. Former WMBD reporter Hannah Hilyard was there as a Trivoli family legally became family.
Harold Spiller was 78-years-old at the time, and had been playing the role of dad to Teka and Karen since he’d married their mom Judie 53 years prior. Teka and Karen surprised Harold by taking him down to the Peoria County Courthouse.
“Walked in there, and they were all standing there,” said Harold. “‘What are you doing here?’ And I said, ‘what are you doing here?’ They said, ‘we’ve come to get adopted.'”
Harold said he didn’t think twice about adopting the women, especially because it would allow them legal rights if anything were to happen to him. But more important than legal logistics, was love.
“What better way to show him my love for taking care of my kids and me fore 53 years than to let him have my kids as his own,” said Judie.