Michael Roderick 'Mike' Spangler

NEWPORT NEWS - Michael Roderick 'Mike' Spangler, 65, died Oct. 27, 2004, in the oncology unit of Riverside Regional Medical Center.
He was born in Denver, Colo., to the late Arno and Wilmath Spangler. Mike had been a Peninsula resident since 1940. He was a United
States Air Force veteran. He worked with his father's business, Ace Fabrication & Welding. Following his father's retirement, Mike
successfully owned and operated the business until 1994. Following which, he worked with V.I.M.S. at William & Mary. He was an avid
pilot and held a private pilot's license. Mike performed test flights for friends and besides his family soaring the skies was his greatest
love. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Mike enjoyed introducing young people to the joys of flying and
worked with the Young Eagles. Mike is survived by his family, including his wife, Virginia 'Ginny' W. Spangler; five daughters, Rena K.
Emerson, Terri L. Rawlings, Deborah Briscoe and her husband, Ron, Maria Castleberry and her husband, Lee, and Elizabeth Batten
and her husband, Al; seven grandchildren, Gregory, Zachary, Craig, Matthew, Sterling, Katie and Cami; two brothers, Ronald Spangler
and Dean Spangler; uncle, Conner Spangler; aunt, Odessa Walters; and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. A
celebration of Mike's life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, at 305 Cherokee Drive, Newport News. Riverside-Altmeyer Funeral
Home is handling the arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press on 10/29/2004

I met Mike in the Spring of last year when I moved into the area and was immediately impressed with his love of life and of aviation. He was a good friend to all who knew him, helping in any way he could. He immediately extended his welcome, friendship, and assistance to me, making me feel like a virtual member of the family. We shared many weekends together working in the hangar, where my airplane is also stored. When he had trouble with his airplane, rather than be upset he would focus on the good and talk about the joy he found in just being in the sky.

He was obviously very loving and proud of his family, whom he mentioned frequently. He was particularly happy to be working on the restoration of the Ford Mustang with his grandson.

Mike was a wonderful person, a good friend, and will be dearly missed.
Jim Van Laak (Poquoson, VA) - October 29, 2004
 
What a wonderful classmate who will be greatly missed.
Sandra Sherman-Filippo (Atlanta, GA) - October 29, 2004
 
Dear Ginny and Family. My heart is truly saddened that the world has lost Mike. He brought so much to life, and gave so much of himself to others. All who had the pleasure and joy of knowing him, in whatever capacity, must surely have been touched by him. I will be out of town and unable to attend his celebration service, but my heart and prayers will be with you all. I admired not only his courage, but yours as well - and feel in my heart that Mike's spirit is now soaring with the angels.
Thelma Roberts (Chesapeake, VA) - October 29, 2004
thelmasam1@cox.net
 
Dear Ginny and family,
Dick and I did not know Mike well in high school, but have become very fond of the two of you as you worked tirelessly with the Class of 1957 activities. I never heard Mike complain about a thing. You both are to be congratulated about the manner in which you went on living your lives in spite of Michael's illness. May God's peace help your whole family during this sad time.
Pat Coltrane
Patricia Coltrane (Newport News, VA) - October 29, 2004
 
Although I have not seen Mr. Spangler for many years, I remember him as a fine gentleman who treated all people with respect. I admired him as a businessman and as a devoted father and husband. I have pleasant memories of a tour of the Peninsula in his airplane. He was very proud of being a pilot. I am pleased to have known him and am very sorry that he has departed us at this time. My condolences to his family.
Bob Moore (Suffolk, VA) - October 29, 2004
 
Mike was truly a great friend and how he will be missed by us is immeasurable...we will always be enriched by his love of life and down-to-earth goodness. We know he would really like his earthly send-off and regret that we cannot be there to participate. To Ginny we send all of our support and offers to help in any way we can as you navigate your way through these trying times.
Bob & Linda Granzow (Mesa, AZ) - October 29, 2004
granzow55@msn.com 
 
One never forgets someone with a great sense of humor, pleasant to talk to, and one who truly cares for others. Although it has been many years since I have talked with Mike, I remember him like it was yesterday.
My deepest sympathy to the family,
Jim Stroup and family
Jim Stroup (Grand Island, FL) - October 29, 2004
 
Dear Ginny & family,
It was with great sadness that we received the news of Mike's passing. We looked so forward to seeing Mike at the class picnics and dinners. He was a super guy. We will really miss him.
Newell & Margaret Blayton (Canton, GA) - October 29, 2004