Young man remembered for tinkering, good nature

September 26, 2005|by KAREN HANNA

Family members say 19-year-old Steven Kenneth Spalding II loved working on his car.

Spalding, who died Saturday from injuries he received Wednesday in an automobile accident, was "a top kid," his grandmother said.

"He was just a very agreeable boy, and I miss him," Gladys Charles of Hagerstown said Sunday.

According to Maryland State Police, Spalding was driving a 1992 Eagle Talon west on Interstate 70, west of Md. 65, Wednesday afternoon when the car malfunctioned, veered off the right shoulder of the road and hit a tree.

Charles said police indicated the car leaked oil, "and it was just like a sheet of ice, and he slid."

Spalding was the son of Steven K. Spalding and Jill M. Spalding, and the brother of Michael P. Spalding, all of Hagerstown.


"He would do anything for anyone else," Charles said.

Vicki Lumm, Spalding's aunt, said her nephew loved working on cars. He was a quiet and shy young man, Lumm said.

"He was just starting to get into his own and know that he loved tinkering with cars, and I think he would have pursued that," Lumm said.

Spalding, who played basketball as a freshman at South Hagerstown High School, played golf with the Beaver Creek Country Club junior team about two years ago, coach Rod Steiner said.

He was courteous to other golfers and "easy to coach," Steiner said.

He was good friends with Steiner's nephew, Steiner said.

"He was a quiet kid, you know, a really nice kid," Steiner said.

According to Lumm, Spalding had three cousins. Her son, Kevin Michael Lumm, died Aug. 12, 2003, at the age of 20.

Charles said Spalding died too young.

"Very young, you should never have to bury your children or your grandchildren," she said.

Charles said Spalding was a student at Hagerstown Community College. He worked at Martin's Food Market on Dual Highway, Lumm said.

"He was always working to get a new part or a new something for his cars, and he liked to do it himself or figure it out with his car friends," Lumm said.

Charles said Spalding could work on a car "blindfolded."

About nine or 10 of his friends visited him one day at Washington County Hospital, and more came the next day, Charles said.

"It's really a shame," she said. "The good die young, they say."

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