Roy Spangler, WWII vet, Hamilton watch retiree

By on September 26, 2012

Roy B. Spangler, 91, formerly of East Petersburg, passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2012 at Pleasant View Retirement Community.

He was the husband of the late Thelma Brosey Spangler, who died in 1995. Born in West Cocalico Township, he was the son of the late John and Irene Butzer Spangler.

Roy retired after 35 years from the Hamilton Watch and Precision Metals Company. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, proudly serving on the U.S.S. Montauk. Roy was a member of Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Rothsville, and enjoyed traveling, hunting, pinochle and attending auctions. After his retirement, he took up chair caning and enjoyed attending local craft fairs.

Surviving are two children: Larry, husband of Lucille Spangler, of Ephrata; and Lynn Kauffman, of Lancaster; four grandchildren: Larry, husband of Mary Catherine Spangler Jr., of Keller, Texas; Kurt, husband of Lynne Spangler, of Wayne; Christina, wife of Matthew Wendler, of Eagle River, Ark.; and Casey, wife of Curtis Griffin, of Plumas Lake, Calif.; and seven great-grandchildren.

His sisters: Isabelle Gehman and Esther Usner preceded him in death.

Roy’s life celebration was held Sept. 26 at Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Lititz, with Rev. David A. Rike officiating. Interment took place in Rothsville Lutheran Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 610 Community Way, Lancaster, PA 17603 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 3544 N. Progress Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110.

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