OREGON – William Walter “Walt” Spangler, 92, of Oregon, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born April 20, 1921, to Mervin Stanley and Grace (Hill) Spangler in Daysville, where he attended school and remained a resident his entire life. He met his future wife, Julia Marie Isenhart, when her family moved next door to his. The two were married on Nov. 29, 1941, in Kahoka, Mo. Shortly afterward, Walt enlisted in the Navy as a Seabee and served in California and Okinawa in Japan, returning home on Jan. 1, 1946, to Daysville. He began working as a plumbing apprentice for Leo Piper of Byron, and earned his master plumber’s license. He and his brother, Clyde, eventually started Spangler Brothers Plumbing and Heating, working out of Walt’s Daysville garage. The business eventually moved to the 300 block of Franklin Street in Oregon, where they served the community for many years. Walt retired in 1988.
Walt and Julia spent their retirement years tending an orchard they had planted some years prior to his retirement. Many children’s groups were treated to teaching field trips to the Spangler Orchard, and Julia always saw that they got applesauce bars as a treat. One of the ways Walt and Julia served the Lord was by donating the proceeds from the sale of the apples to local churches. A longtime and active member of the Oregon Church of God, Walt served on the board of Lifeline Food Pantry for many years. Walt loved serving his community. He was one of the founders of local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8739, and a member of American Legion Post 97. He also was a member of the Oregon Development Corporation that oversaw the development of the west end of Oregon, as well as the recruitment of Dr. Prakob Scrichai, MD, to serve the medical needs of the Oregon community. He was a member of the Rotary Club and the Oregon Golf Club, and was honored as Oregon Citizen of the Year in 1992.
Walt is survived by his children, Melody (Ken) Welty and Steven (Diane) Spangler, both of Oregon, and Phyllis (Jim) Blake of Murfreesboro, Tenn. Walt took great pride in seeing five generations of his family and spending time with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Julia; his parents; and his siblings, Charles, Clyde, Stanley, Eugene, and Zeta.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Oregon Church of God. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, with the Rev. Michael Hoffman, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Lighthouse Cemetery in Oregon. Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Oregon is handling arrangements.
Memorial contributions are welcome and may be directed to Oregon Church of God, Lifeline, and Rock River Center in Oregon.
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