OBITUARY

Frank J. Spang IV

August 5, 1943June 23, 2020

LEXINGTON – Frank J. Spang IV, 76, of Lexington, SC, formerly of Winchester, MA passed away June 23, 2020 at Lexington Medical Center. Born August 5, 1943 in Vallejo, CA, Frank was the oldest son of Frank and Barbara (Smith) Spang. He grew up in Winchester with his five brothers, Mark, Thomas, Lawrence, Stephen and Charles Spang and three sisters, Pamela Nolan, Lisa Spang and Cecily Gray. He graduated from Winchester High School in 1961 and from Boston University in 1965 with a B.A. in English Literature. Following his studies at BU, Frank continued his education at University of Massachusetts Boston receiving an Ed.M and at Northeastern University receiving a M.A. While working as a teaching assistant at Northeastern, Frank met and married the love of his life, Susan Dale, also of Winchester. They moved to Binghamton, NY where Frank pursued a PhD at SUNY Binghamton. They then moved to Elmira, NY where Frank began his career as an educator as a professor of English at Elmira College, and Frank and Susan started their family, welcoming Benjamin and Kathryn.

Teaching soon brought Frank and his family to New Jersey where he taught at Brookdale Community College and Monmouth College. Following his teaching career and a brief stint at JC Penney’s corporate headquarters in Manhattan, Frank found his professional calling at the United States Army Chaplain Center and School first at Fort Monmouth, NJ and later at Fort Jackson, SC, where he held several positions including the Deputy Director of Training and Chief of Distance Learning. As a civilian employee of the Army for more than 30 years, Frank’s work was universally respected, although it was often observed that he took the Army’s old recruiting slogan, “We do more before 9 a.m. than most people do all day” a little too literally.

Frank is survived by his wife, Susan and children, Benjamin (Arlette) Spang and Kathryn (Matthew Lysakowski) Spang; by his grandchildren, Kieran Spang and Cecelia and James Lysakowski; by all of his brothers and sisters; by his many nephews and nieces; and by countless friends, colleagues, students and neighbors who will remember Frank for his kindness, sense of humor, and willingness to help others with any problem large or small. Frank was well known as many things: as a parishioner and usher at the Basilica of Saint Peter in Columbia; as a tie aficionado who never subscribed to business casual; as a brewer of strong coffee, a baker, a chef, and a gardener; and as a lover of all animals and an all-around kind soul.

Donations in Frank's name may be made to the Carolina Wildlife Center (carolinawildlife.org), Pawmetto Lifeline (pawmettolifeline.org) or the charity of your choice. Service details will be announced at a later date.

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Barbara Mark-Ray

June 29, 2020

Working with Mr. Spang as the DL NCOIC was always a pleasure. Mr. Spang had such a gentle and kind spirit about him. He respected all whom he encountered. I am honored and blessed to have known and worked along side him. My heartfelt condolences to his family and may our Lord bring much comfort during these difficult times.

Mark Penfold

June 29, 2020

I first met Frank during CHOBC in summer 1987 at Fort Monmouth, NJ. Throughout my time in service, I had the pleasure of learning under him, from CHOBC, ph. 3, to the CHOAC-RC and then working with him as a colleague when assigned to USACHCS (2010-2013). Frank was a mentor to any who asked. He was one of the most knowledgable persons regarding training requirements and working with TRADOC. He always set others up for success. He became a friend to so many who worked at USACHCS. Only eternity will reveal his impact in shaping and ensuring quality religious support for the Army due to his knowledge, vision and commitment to 56A and 56M training. May God comfort his family and may he rest in peace.

Lawrence Dennis

June 28, 2020

I met Frank in 1989 at Fort Monmouth during my basic chaplain's training. I had numerous phone conversations in subsequent years about my continuing military education courses he coordinated through the mail. I saw him again when he came to Columbia preceding the move of the Chaplain's School. We would talk at the school house at Fort Jackson as I visited often as the Senior State Chaplain for SC National Guard.

He was always helpful and positive in our conversations. My career was enriched by his presence. I always thought it would have been nice to get to know him better on a social level. He was a blessing to me and many other chaplains through his service to God and Country.

Michael Hanna

June 27, 2020

When I left the Pentagon and reported to the Chaplain School in 2000, Frank was my supervisor. It was a pleasure to work for such a caring person. He would do anything he could to help anyone. It was an honor to work with him on launching the Army's new Distance Learning Program. I often teased him about his messy desk. He would smile and tell me he knew where everything was. He will be greatly missed by many. My sincere condolences to his family.



John Proctor

June 27, 2020

Frank was always humorous, helpful, and humble when working with him at the Chaplain School. Nothing but fond memories of a good man who worked hard and put others ahead of himself.

Eternal rest grant to thy servant Frank Spang, O Lord. May perpetual light shine upon him, and may he and all the faithful departed rest in peace through Christ our Lord. Amen. +

Caroline Keller

June 27, 2020

Mr. Spang was a kind man & funny man. He touched many lives at the US Army Chaplain School! I always knew when Mr. Spang was near by. I smelled his pipe smoke before I saw him. It was comforting when I had to open the school before the sun was up. He was usually there very early. He will always be a found memory from the five years I served at the Chaplain School.

Tammie Elfadili

June 27, 2020

Dear Spang Family:

I am saddened by the news. Mr. Spang was a wonderful coach who, some years ago, guided me through the administrative process of beginning and completing my Chaplain Captain Career Course as a chaplain in the Army Reserve. Mr. Spang was always available to answer questions related to distance learning, and for that, I am grateful.

I pray God will strengthen and grant peace to your Family.

Very Respectfully,
Chaplain Elfadili

Maria Aponte

June 26, 2020

My Deepest Condolences To The Family. Mr. Spang I will indeed treasure the fond memories and your mentorship. May your soul be blessed and rest in eternal peace 🙏🙏🙏.

Virginia Emery

June 26, 2020

Mr. Spang was a generous, gracious person when i worked with him at USACHCS. We had many “spirited” discussions; it was just so easy to fall into conversation with him. I suppose the fact, he was, like me, an ex-pat from Massachusetts made me like him from the start. AND from Winchester, where i spent my teen years! My heart is so heavy at his loss, but my life is richer for having known him.

Carol Vanschenkhof

June 26, 2020

MY sincere sympathy to Susan and Family. I loved working under Frank at the Fort Jackson Chaplain School. He taught me about Jerry Garcia ties well enough to pick them out on men! He was always even-keeled and very kind and thoughtful. I walked into his office, papers and piles all over his desk, on 9/11. He stared at his computer and said, "Some plane just flew into one of the Twin Tower buildings. I know people who work there." That was my beginning to THAT day. I think of Frank and his words every 9/11. I am thankful our paths crossed. Frank enriched my life and is one of my beloved and unforgettable persons!

FROM THE FAMILY