Charles "Chuck" Spangler

April 7, 1923September 7, 2012
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Charles Raymond Spangler Sr.

Our unbelievable Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Uncle, and WWII Marine (South Pacific), age 89, went to that great dance party in heaven on September 7, 2012. He was born on April 7, 1923 in Somerset, Ohio, where he was raised and attended Somerset High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and participated in the liberation of Guam, and attended the fifty-year anniversary of the event. After WWII he moved to Texas, and met and married the beautiful Donnie Helen Freund who preceded him in death in 1987. Chas, Chuck, Charles, or Gus, he was a man who had and was loved by so many it’s hard to describe what a lovely and laughter filled life he provided for all of us who still are here to enjoy. Even in death, he was surrounded by love and laughter. He loved that and was always the life of the party even to the end. Dad and his brothers all served in combat in WWII and somehow were able to always tell the most comical stories of their adventures and exploits during such a critical time in American history. We all loved that about him and will treasure that for the rest of our lives. Dad had degrees from Ohio State University (always a Buckeye), and two degrees from the University of Texas. He also played on the Varsity Basketball team at Princeton University but left prior to graduation. He served the Austin area community as a beloved Pharmacist at Ace’s Drug Mart and Gus’s Drug until retirement. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, hunting, tennis, golf, ballroom dancing, photography, traveling, reading, nature, his family and friends, and creating unique gifts. Even though a tough old Marine until the end, Dad had such a kind, sweet, and gentle spirit that even at the end he brought joy and smiles to all around him. Never one to slow down, he ended his active years volunteering at Camp Mabry’s military museum. Dad knew the secret to life; fun, kindness, laughter, animals, and the devotion and love to family and friends. Our family and friends thank the wonderful staff at the Lighthouse at Altenheim (hospice) in Round Rock for their kind and tender treatment of Dad and our family during his final hours here on earth.

Preceding Dad in death is his beloved wife Donnie Helen, his hilarious brothers Fred, James, Sam, and Robert, his beautiful sister Ruth, and his parents Soloman and Elizabeth. This wonderful man is survived by his children and their spouses, Debra and Tom Blair, Toni and Charles Jr. “Beno” Spangler, grandchildren Christi Blair, Jackie Blair, Jennifer Pemp, Brian Blair and wife Natalie, Jessica Spangler, and great-grandchildren Brooklyn and Reed Blair, his niece Suzanne Kendrick, niece “Little Ann”, nephews Spangler; James, Richard, Sam, Scott, Steve and their families, his closest buddy “Yogi”, his dog of 16 years, all his senior citizen dance group friends, and countless friends and neighbors down in the “Shiner Ranch” hood. Dad will be missed by all of us but with a big smile when we think of him!

Family and friends are invited to a visitation on Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home in Pflugerville. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 10, 2012 in the Memorial Chapel of Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Camp Mabry Military Museum or to the hospice facility, Lighthouse at Altenheim in Round Rock.

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Charles "Chuck" Spangler

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September 10, 2012

Dear Debbie,Tom and family,
My condolences on the loss of your father. I pray that the Lord will lift you up in His love and peace.
Clara Duncan

Bob Pangrac

September 10, 2012

Debbie and Tom,Christi, Jackie and Brian: Blessings to you all. I always felt at home when fellow Buckeye Chuck was visiting. His obituary says it all, he was a great man.


September 10, 2012

LTC "Little" Chuck (pardon me if you made 06, but it's been a while since I last saw you). I just read your Dad's obituary and was very saddened to learn of his death. But, you know he lived a good life here and in many ways he sounded a lot like my own father who, too, has passed. Whenever Dad would visit us here in Austin, he would keep me up late, drinking his martinis, and talking and i would drink my beer or whatever and listen. The next morning Dad was up bright and early ready to take on the day and I was struggling to stay awake. One day, I asked him, "How can you stay up so late doing all that stuff and get up the next morning raring to go?". He replied, "Well, son, if I go to sleep, I'm afraid I will miss something!". I remember "Big" Chuck from his days at the museum when I was the interim director. He was the most pleasant, soft spoken gentleman, I have ever met and could really tell his stories. He was just a downright lovable kind of guy. I know you will miss him as I have missed my Dad, but you have all of those wonderful memories of him which will live on forever. God Bless you and your family and may he surround you with his love and comfort in these days of your pain. SEMPERFI, "Big" Chuck and ONWARD THROUGH THE FOG, "Little" Chuck.

Pat Blair

September 10, 2012

We will always remember Chuck's wonderful sense of humor and the bright smile on his face. I don't think I ever saw him in a bad mood. One of my favorite gifts he gave to Tom for Christmas: "A cartridge in a bare tree."

Maureen "Mo" Sepulveda

September 10, 2012

Debbie, Tom and family ... I am sorry to hear about your loss. The tribute you shared shines with love for Chuck. I know he was blessed to have an incredible family and believe he is smiling down from heaven sending his love to you. Chuck was always fun to be around! :) Deb, you are such a woman of faith. An incredible caregiver, daughter and companion to your father. I'm here for you, my friend. And, am honored when you call me "sister." God Bless you and yours.

Shirley Powell

September 9, 2012

Dear Debbie and Tom, Beno and Toni, and all the family,
Oh, what wonderful memories I have of Chuck and Donnie and Debbie and Beno. Such precious times we had observing and sharing the joys as the families grew over the years. The day we moved in across the street from your Mom and Dad, Donnie came across to introduce herself to us. We were in the garage looking through all the moving boxes for a can opener to open a can of soup for supper. Chuck worked long hours at the Pharmacy in Round Rock back in 1976, so Donnie just took us home with her and made supper for us that very minute. It wasn't long before we met Chuck also. We spent countless hours just visiting and talking until before we knew it, you had ALL become more than friends ... you were family to us. Chuck helped us out more times than I can recall. Once in a very rare (for Austin) traffic-stopping snow storm, Chuck came in from work around 8 p.m. to learn that Larry was still stranded downtown trying to get home from work. Chuck told him to walk over to the Driscoll and he would be there to pick him up as soon as he could. Chuck left and Donnie and I pooled what we had to eat for supper (steak & baked potatoes as I recall).
A pretty fine supper. Donnie and I just had a grand visit sipping our wine and listening to her country-western records. Chuck and Larry returned in about 1 1/2 hours and we had a wonderful meal and fellowship together. Then after we ate we all gathered in front of the fireplace to share our life's funny and tragic stories together. We talked about our religious beliefs and understanding and political views. Chuck, by the way, was quite a philosophical guy, a deep-thinker and always interested in the other person's perspective on issues. I have many wonderful memories of our friends, the Spangler's, and our lives have been made so much richer by all of you. I thank Our God and Heavenly Father for the wonderful blessing that He placed us so that we could walk together over 20 years and I am truly thankful for all the memories. I will miss Chuck in this world very much; but I look forward to being together with all my loved ones which includes my husband, Donnie and Chuck, in our eternal home. The tribute to your Dad was beautiful and expressed to a tee who he was and how he lived his life.
I send love to you all. I have you in my heart and in my prayers for God to grant you peace, comfort and joy in the blessing of your Dad's life, so well-lived.
Shirley Powell

September 9, 2012

Dear Debbie,
My condolences on the loss of your father. Wishing you and your family strength and peace and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Candice Wade (Belton, TX)


September 9, 2012

Loved that man, he was so fun to talk and be with. And his laugh was the best. Praying for you guys.

Al & Diane Waite

September 9, 2012

Dear Debbie, Tom, and family,
Our hearts go out to you at this most difficult time. What a beautiful tribute you've paid your dad in the obituary. What a wonderful man and extraordinary dad. You have a special angel in heaven watching over you now.
Debbie, I know you understand why we can't be there tomorrow night or Monday, but our prayers will be.
Love, prayers, and blessings,
Al and Diane Waite

Rex Swetnam

September 9, 2012

I have NEVER known more respect for ANY family than the Spangler's..... Beno, Toni, Jennifer, and Jessica :( God Bless my Friend.......