Joseph E. "Joe" Spangler, 87

January 02, 2009

FEB. 22, 1921-DEC. 30, 2008

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Joseph E. "Joe" Spangler, 87, of 119 N. Grant St., formerly of 10298 Amsterdam Road in Waynesboro, died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at his home.

Born on Feb. 22, 1921, in Waynesboro, he was the son of the late Harry D. Sr. and Lottie E. Ward Spangler.

His first wife, Mildred A. "Millie" Royer Spangler, died in 2000. They were married Dec. 20, 1941.

He was a 1939 graduate of Waynesboro Senior High School.

Prior to retiring in 1981, he was a letter carrier for the Waynesboro Post Office for 22 years.

He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, and the Maryland National Guard at Fort Ritchie. He was the recipient of the Purple Heart.


He was a member of Waynesboro Church of the Brethren, Christian Home Builders Sunday school class, served as deacon of the church, on the church board and as member and chairman of the ministry committee, executive committee and on several other committees. He taught Sunday school at the church and at Hearthstone Retirement Center.

He also was a member of Acacia Lodge 586 Free & Accepted Masons, Waynesboro; Harrisburg Consistory; Zembo Temple of Harrisburg; Disabled American Veterans of Chambersburg, Pa.; and National Association of Letter Carriers.

He served on the board of directors for the original Waynesboro Tiger football team and zoning hearing board of Washington Township from June 1974 to 2002.

He is survived by his second wife, Pearl L. McFerren Markle Spangler, whom he married June 1, 2002; two daughters, Alice L. Bower of Gettysburg, Pa., and Hazel I. Burke of Waynesboro; one son, Joseph R. Spangler of Chambersburg; two grandchildren; one great-grandson; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Helen Hobac, Ida M. Sprenkle, Isabelle L. Smith and Jenny S. Leedy; and four brothers, Charles M. Spangler, Ramsey Spangler, Paul F. Spangler and Harry D. Spangler Jr.

Services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, Waynesboro. The Revs. C. Albert Guyer and A. Robert Cook, and Pastor Amy Messler will officiate. Burial will be in Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro with military services by the honor guard of Charles Nitterhouse V.F.W. Post 1599 of Chambersburg.

The family will receive friends at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, Waynesboro today from 6 to 8 p.m., where a Masonic memorial service will be at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Waynesboro Church of the Brethren, 117 S. Church Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268 or Lutheran Home Care & Hospice, 2700 Luther Drive, Chambersburg, PA 17202.

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