Obituary Record

Gordon Spangler
Died on 9/22/2008


This long obituary is taken from the collection in the Notebook of Long Obituaries. The original newspaper article can be found in the Blair Library, Genealogy Room.

Published in The Enterprise, September 26, 2008



Former Arlington resident Gordon A. Spangler, 90, of Omaha, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at the Good Samaritan Center in Millard.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Arlington Community Church. Visitation began Wednesday and will continue at the church one hour prior to services on Thursday. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of the American Legion Post No. 71 and VFW Post 8332 of Arlington at the Memorial Cemetery in Fremont.

Gordon A. Spangler was born March 8, 1918 in Nickerson to Sheldon and Josephine (Polansky) Spangler. He grew up at Nickerson and was valedictorian of his 1935 graduation class at Nickerson High School. He moved to Fremont and attended Midland Lutheran College from 1935 to 1938.

On Nov. 24, 1938, he married Lorraine Hartung at Fontanelle. The couple moved to Arlington in 1946.

Mr. Spangler was employed by Herman Oil & Transport Comnpany; the Fremont Hatchery; Hanson Audit Company; Phelps Tobacco Company and Smoke Shop; and the Nebraska Ordnance Plant at Mead prior to his Army service during World War II.

He served in the pilot training program of the U.S. Army Air Corps from February 1944 through November 1945. He then completed additional education courses at Midland Lutheran College; Syracuse University at Syracuse, N.Y.; the University of Nebraska at Omaha; and University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and computer programming at Metro Tech in Elkhorn.

Mr. Spangler was employed as the secretary/ treasurer for Marshall Nurseries of Arlington, Omaha, Denver, and Colorado Springs from 1946 until 1990. He then was manager and treasurer of the Marshall Company, a metal fabrication manufacturing plant franchised in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. He was simultaneously employed as an accountant for Arlington State Bank and the Arlington Insurance Agency. He provided Bell Creek Transfer a payroll and general ledger service from 1948 until 2006.

He was a school board member for Arlington Public Schools for 13 years and was treasurer for 42 years. He was a 56-year member of the Hiram Masonic Lodge No. 52, A.F. & A.M. of Arlington; and was a 63-year member of the American Legion Post No. 71 at Arlington, where he previously served as adjutant, finance officer and commander. He was a member of the Arlington Community Church, having served as treasurer for 15 years. He was appointed to the consumer Council of Blue Cross/ Blue Shield for 12 consecutive years and was group secretary and agent for Modern Woodman of America for 10 years. He served as treasurer of Arlington Township Road District No. 7 from 1956 until June 2001. He was a charter member of the Fremont Civil Air Patrol and held a private pilot’s license.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Mary Spangler of Omaha; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and George Franke of Omaha; sister, Janet Redman of Danville, Ill.; six grandchildren and families, David and Wendy Spangler; Lisa and Ron Van Oeveren, Loris and Doug Okuniewicz, Deborah and Kevin Lollmann, Dan Spangler and Elizabeth Franke; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Eileen Cahoon; and brother, Keith Spangler.

Memorials are suggested to the Arlington Community Church or the Arlington Educational Foundation. Reckmeyer-Moser Funeral Home in Arlington is in charge of arrangements.

# 2 - Omaha World-Herald, September 23, 2008

SPANGLER - - Gordon A., age 90, Omaha, formerly of Arlington, NE. Survived by wife, Lorraine; son, Gary (Mary) Spangler; daughter, Karen (George) Franke, all Omaha; sister, Janet Redman, Danville, IL; 6 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.

FUNERAL 2 pm Thursday Arlington Community Church, Arlington, NE. VISITATION Wednesday 6 – 8 pm; Thursday 9am – 11 am and family will receive friends Wednesday 6 – 8 pm at Funeral Home. VISITATION Thursday at Church 1 hour prior to service. Burial Memorial Cemetery, Fremont, NE with Military Honors. Memorials to the Church and to the Arlington Education Foundation.

RECKMEYER – MOSER FUNERAL HOME, Arlington, NE 402-721-4490

Printed in the Washington County Enterprise on 9/26/2008