Dale Spangler - February 25, 2012Dale Spangler, age 79, of Marquette, passed away Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at St. Francis Medical Center in Grand Island.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29th at the Higby-McQuiston Chapel in Aurora. The Rev. Jim Garfield will officiate. Interment will be in the Richland Cemetery near Marquette. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Dale Edward Spangler was born May 5th 1932, to Doretha Maria (Daberkow) and Raymond Spangler on a farm in Cumming County, Neb. He attended Zion Lutheran parochial school grades 1-8, and graduated from Wisner High School class of 1949. After high school he entered the United States Air force serving in the Korean conflict where he was a radio mechanic. After leaving the Air force Dale married Betty Sletten and to this union four children were born -- Michael, Sheryl, Susan, and Shelia.
Dale was a Golden Gloves boxer in the state of California from 1951 to 1953, winning 25 trophies. When he returned to Nebraska, Dale got a job as a cab driver in Omaha. He was very athletic and enjoyed being the pitcher on various softball teams. He also enjoyed horseshoes and was the man to beat at the family picnics where he holds the record for most trophies won. He enjoyed walking along the river banks and fishing as well as going out in his boat and camping. He was an avid woodworker who made many treasured pieces for his family. He also enjoyed Husker football and volleyball games. Dale also enjoyed helping his kids on their home remodeling projects.
In 1972, Dale married Donna Eastman Archer. They made their home in Marquette. He worked for National By Products, and later was employed until his retirement by the Village of Marquette.
He was preceded in death by his parents, both of his wives, children Sheryl, Michael, James, Robert, Lillian; a brother, Roland, three granddaughters, three grandsons; sister-in-law, Carol Wubbenhorst and two uncles.
Survivors of the immediate family include, daughters, Susan (Russell) Toscani and Shelia Spangler of California, Evonne King of North Carolina, Audrey (Steve) Gerdes of Aurora and Sherri (Davis) Taylor of Marquette; sons, Richard (Kim) Archer, Jerry Archer, Ronald Archer, Donald (Christy) Archer, Kenneth (Lisa) Archer, all of Marquette, Michael (Kathy) Archer of Georgia, Dan Archer of Aurora and David Archer of Lincoln; son- in- law, Monte Crawford of Marquette; brother, Gary Wubbenhorst of Marquette, sister-in-law, Sandra Spangler of Arizona; brothers-in-law, Earl Eastman of Washington and Larry Eastman of Boleus; 27 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.