Arthur Harold Spengler Jr.
September 22, 1948 – May 17, 2020
Arthur Harold Spengler, Jr, 71, passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully, on Sunday May 17, 2020. Born on September 22, 1948 in Neptune, NJ, he was the only child to the late Arthur H. Spengler, Sr and grandson of the late Emilie Franz Spengler. Art was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. Art spent his youth at the beach in Bradley Beach, NJ. He was a competitive swimmer and enjoyed years as a lifeguard at Sandy Hook and Bradley Beach. He loved body surfing and longboarding, especially in the big waves of hurricanes. He listened to the 50’s Doo Wop coming from the golden pavilions on the boardwalk, thus beginning his love of the Oldies. He graduated from Asbury Park High School in 1966 and afterwards attended Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, DE. Art is also a veteran of the Vietnam War, having honorably served as a combat engineer in the United States Army with the 39th Engineer Battalion. His time with his children brought him the most joy. Raised in Bradley Beach, NJ and Bloomsburg, PA, Art’s five children learned their excellent work ethic from his example, which has led them to great success in their adult lives. Whether sledding, skiing, or spending time at the beach, he was a dedicated father full of love and pride for his children. Art was a master plumber who could solve any problem and never shied away from a challenge. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to great success in his businesses – Art Spengler Quality Plumbing and Heating in Bloomsburg, PA and most recently Affordable Plumbing in Salisbury, MD. He was an honest and down-to-earth guy, known for his knowledge, fairness, and excellent craftsmanship. While in Salisbury, Art found and married the love of his life, Susan Chandler Spengler. Susan and Art enjoyed 19 wonderful years together, taking trips in their camper, playing at the beaches from NJ to FL and loving life as best friends and perfect soulmates. Many remarked that they were the best things that ever happened to each other. Art is survived by his loving wife, Susan Spengler, and five children from a previous marriage: Julie Lewellyn, husband Jim, and grandchild Jared Lewellyn; Pamela Spengler and grandchildren Jordan and Brandon Dykes; Marianne Spengler and husband Christopher Twilley; Bradley Spengler and wife Cathrine; Brett Spengler and wife Maira. He is also survived by step-daughter Blair Heckel, husband Chris, and grandchildren Katie and Storm. Last but not least, he is survived by his dogs, Lucky and Daisy. The family would also like to thank all PRMC healthcare workers for their exceptional care and kindness, including the ICU and respiratory staff and the OR team. Per Art’s request, his remains will be cremated and scattered in one of his favorite places. A visitation will be held on Tuesday May 26, 2020 from 4-6pm at Bounds Funeral Home, 705 E. Main St., Salisbury, MD 21804. Those who would like to attend but are unable to do so in person, may view the service online. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Art’s cousin and best friend, Jack Wright, a fallen police officer. Checks should be made to: Bradley Beach Lifeguards addressed to Jack Wright Ocean Mile Swim c/o Dick Johnson 306 Evergreen Ave, Bradley Beach, NJ 07720.
- Susan Chandler Spengler, Wife
- Julie Lewellyn & Jim, Daughter
- Pamela Spengler, Daughter
- Marianne Spengler & Christopher Twilley, Daughter
- Bradley Spengler & Cathrine, Son
- Brett Spengler & Maira, Son
- Blair Heckel & Chris, Step-daughter
- Jared Lewellyn, Grandchild
- Jordan Dykes, Grandchild
- Brandon Dykes, Grandchild
- Katie Heckel, Grandchild
- Storm Heckel, Grandchild
- Lucky & Daisy, Dogs
- Arthur H. Spengler, Sr., Father (deceased)
- Emilie Franz Spengler, Grandmother (deceased)
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Bradley Beach Lifeguards - Jack Wright Ocean Mile Swim
C/O Dick Johnson 306 Evergreen Ave. , Bradley Beach, NJ 07720
Celebration of Life Visitation
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Arthur Harold Spengler Jr.
Glenn & Marion Corbin
May 27, 2020
Thoughts and prayers coming from your Brookville Campground friends. Every year we are looking for the “Egg!” I enjoyed many conversations with Art. He will certainly be missed, as I know he enjoyed life to it’s fullest.
Glenn & Marion
May 26, 2020
We are so thankful that you came into our family and our hearts. Without you, we wouldn't have experienced authentic love and joy. I will forever cherish our times at Mexico and always hearing about your latest camping/bodysurfing adventures. Thank you for being a rock for our family and for teaching us how to live and love unconditionally. Your wisdom, smile, and presence will be deeply missed, and we are all so thankful to have known and loved you for the time we did.
With love and gratitude,
May 26, 2020
Art was a very special person. He worked for me as a Master Plumber for a number of years and I always appreciated his commitment to doing things the right way. We had many conversations over the years and he never held back his views on almost any subject. He was very proud of his children and I will miss his great smile and many stories.
May 25, 2020
Thank you for being the best father-in-law I've ever had. You made me feel included and welcomed in your family. I will treasure every memory I have of you but I'm also going to miss the holiday dinners with you every year. I will miss all your jokes and stories. Thank you for being my support on the most important milestones in my life (my wedding day, my oath-taking and my graduation). I'm grateful that I was able to share them with you and Susan and I'm sure if you are still here for the next milestone of my life I know you will be there without any hesitation.
Brad and I will miss you so much!
Love, your daughter-in-law,
May 25, 2020
When I first met Art I was a little cautious because I wanted to be sure that he was good to my girl. It did not take long to see that she was the happiest she had ever been. They were the perfect match! Art had alot of patience with us, as sometimes Susan and I could be challenging...lol...but he fit in perfectly. Art balanced Susan...he was the kindest, sweetest guy. We had a good talk when I drove him to Delaware to pick up his work van, it was the first time I really talked one on one with him and I realized how much he loved Susan. We all went to yard sales, mexican food, he put up with me when I tried to get my name on the ceiling of the bar for drinking every type of martini...haha...I know things will never be the same, but I am so thankful that God put Art in our lives. Art we will all miss you!!!!! Love you!!! MB
May 24, 2020
Dear Susan, my heart is breaking. I know how happy you were and that you had found the love of your life. I will keep you in my prayers. Love you! Fran
Norris & Debbie Matthews
May 24, 2020
Susan we were so shocked and very sad when we heard that Art had passed away. What the two of you shared was truly something special. You loved each other so well. Losing the one you love is so hard. Take care of yourself & remember the great memories the two of you had together to help you get through this difficult time. Wishing you peace and comfort. 💔
May 23, 2020
Just the other day I was driving and a plumbing issue came to mind. I reached for my phone and then realized that you weren’t going to answer. This past week has been very emotional for me because you were like a father to me. I will always remember your stupid jokes and the way you would do your little tap dance and throw your hands in the air with a big smile. I will always be indebted to you for what you have done for me and my family. Whenever I called you with a problem you would drop whatever you were doing and come and help me unless of course you were on a camping trip with Susan.
I will never forget you and when I get older and I have my grandchildren I will tell them about you.
Love your adopted son
May 21, 2020
I want to begin by thanking you for the amazing relationship you had with Brett. Reconnecting with you had such a positive effect on him and made him so happy. He looked forward to his lunches with you every week and I looked forward to hearing about them. Brett loved the time he spent with you wether it was going to car shows or working on projects at our house or yours. Thank you for always being there for him, for your words of encouragement, for your kindness, for loving him and being so proud of him and his accomplishments. I remember just a couple months ago we went to breakfast to celebrate Brett’s recent promotion and you were so proud asking him to tell Susan all about it. I really enjoyed having you over and hearing you sing oldies upstairs. It was only two weeks ago that you and I sat at my dining room table and had lunch from La Tolteca. You were so excited telling me about plans for your cross country trip and your dogs, Lucky and Daisy. I can’t believe now you’re gone. You welcomed me into your family and were always so kind to me. I can still hear you saying “oh boy”. You were simply a really cool dude who loved his family and enjoyed his life to the fullest, what a great legacy to leave. I’m really going to miss you.
Oh and by the way, that day we were racing on route 50, I let you win :)
May 21, 2020
Art has been in my life as long as I can remember, although we aren’t blood related I consider him my grandfather. I love him so much. He was always there to help me with whatever I needed, he was ALWAYS there for me. He taught me so much in life and gave the best stories of his childhood and young adult life. One of the funniest stories I have with him is when I was in middle school, he forgot me at school three times, he always came to eventually pick me up but I’d sit and wait longer than anyone else. He always told he fell asleep watching judge Judy on the couch. I’m very forgetful myself so I never held it against him, only made it a funny memory to bring up and give him a hard time. Especially when I was told he would be picking me up, but our rides were always fun and enlightening. One year I went with Susan and Art to Jersey for a weekend and we went to the beach, ate at their go to restaurant, went to a little concert, and made jewelry. Not to mention had the best donuts ever. He was so fun to be around and I never got tired of sitting on the beach and him telling me about all the memories he had there.
May 21, 2020
There are so many....being at your home for Pumpkin stew many times. As we got older and married and having families of our own and introducing them to our tradition. Enjoying Freedmans rolls and Ritz Bakery croissants . Hey Art pass the criossants down to this end of the table please...stop hogging them. Lol. Wonderful memories. Love ya "dad".
May 21, 2020
One of my favorite memories of Art was my brother’s wedding. I had flown in from
Oregon and on the day of the wedding I didn’t like the dress I had packed. I asked Aunt Susu to go shopping to find a new dress. I remember going through several options and Art finally found the best one. He had wonderful taste and was super helpful as time was limited. Art always had a smile on his face and was a gentle soul. He truly was my Aunt’s soulmate and always knew how to make her smile.
May 21, 2020
It is hard to express how much I will miss you! Your quick wit, infectious laugh, and most importantly, unwavering and unconditional love made you a wonderful person. You always supported me even in the most difficult of times. I always looked forward to spending time with you – the lunches at East-Side Deli, the breakfasts at Devages Restaurant, the rides in the Fiat, as you would punch the accelerator and say, “Hey Jared! Watch this!” and then just laugh. You always seemed to take delight in the simple pleasures of life, which made time with you special.
Much like your children and other grandchildren, you reminded me that hard work is important, and that sometimes we all have to do things we do not want to do. I remember one particular instance when I told you I needed to start wearing ties for work; you told me that sometimes you just have to play along. We then proceeded to take a special trip to the store just to buy ties. At the time, I was less than delighted, but frankly, you seemed to take great pride and pleasure in the experience. I still have many of those great Jerry Garcia ties that you loved so much and I know now that you were not only trying to help me, but teach me an important lesson.
My visits to Salisbury and our many family outings in which I would frequently ask beforehand, “Well, is Pop going to be there?” will never quite be the same. I take great solace in knowing that you lived life to the fullest. I can only hope to continue in your footsteps and make you proud!
I love you so much, Pop! Forever and always.
May 21, 2020
We are so sorry to the family for your loss! Art was always so kind to our family. He always had a smile on his face and was always offering to help. Every time I saw him he would say “Your not a little girl anymore! I love your mom and dad and thanks for putting up with Brett!” Art was always so appreciative of the close relationship our family has with Brett as are we! Art you will be greatly missed!
May 21, 2020
Pat and I are so sorry for you Susan and Art’s family we will keep you in our prayers. Love, The Massa Family
May 21, 2020
I wish that I could tell you how thankful I was to have you in my life. I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do without you. I didn’t realize how many things I asked your opinion on until I was reading through our texts. Everything- cooking, car, politics, work issues, clothes, kids, dog, household stuff- you name it and somewhere in our text history I’m asking you “What do i do?”. And you always knew. I’m going to miss every night when I would talk to Mom on the way home and she had me on speaker so you would chime in too. I have so many wonderful memories with you through the years, and you have taught me so much. I don’t even know how I’m supposed to go shopping for important events now without you saying what you had in mind! I will still buy the enormous box of chocolates every year at Christmas (when you would tell me it was too much but then eat them all). I will never forget all of our shopping expeditions and family dinners. The wonderful way you took care of Nana and Poppop. Just being able to stop by because I had made extra dinner for you to try.
I’m so thankful that you and my mom had each other. Your love is something unbreakable, I know that you will never leave her heart.
You told me Wed morning that life was short and I needed to be happy. I’m going to do my best to do that. You also told me to take care of Mom. Don’t worry, I won’t let either of you down.
I love you Art. Thank you for always being there for me and loving me like one of your own.
May 20, 2020
I’ll forever cherish the Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas brunches we shared together. You, and your father before you, helped inspire me to choose the career I have now. Without that inspiration and support I don’t where I’d be today. You were the bedrock of this family and you were stripped away from us too soon. I’ll remember you always Pop.
May 20, 2020
I miss you so much. You were the best dad in the world. You were probably best known for being the hardest worker around, but there is also a lot about you that some people probably didn't know.
You were kind and compassionate. This was reflected in your sorrow for soldiers who never returned home, and in your belief that the most important scholastic award is the one that goes to the person who showed the greatest improvement rather than the top of the class.
You were resilient. You took life as it came and made the best of any situation, not expecting perfection (you saved perfection for your work). You encouraged resilience in me when you told me a difficult situation I faced in the past would be "just a blip on the radar" when I look back as an old woman. Those words have stayed with me.
You were funny. Remember the time we went skiing and you only had your work coat to wear, but it was tattered and the stuffing was coming out of it? Back in the lodge, you stood up for those around us to hear and told a (fictional) tale of skiers losing control and grabbing onto your jacket, causing damage to your coat. I recall that you also did a little dance during that production, one I've seen many times since and which I also now unconsciously do sometimes.
You were a free spirit. You were a surfer, a life guard, and you drove your Fiat the way it was meant to be driven! You also had wanderlust, just like me. Although I wish you didn't have to work so hard to provide for all of us, I am so thankful that you set aside some money to send me on that high school trip to Germany, because that ignited my passion for travel. I feel such sadness that you were not able to go on the cross-country trip you had been planning for so long. But I take some comfort in knowing that we had the chance to see the Grand Canyon together, which had been at the top of your bucket list.
You were the best dad in the world. And just a really cool guy. I miss you.
May 20, 2020
I always looked forward to seeing you on Thanksgiving day and Christmas Brunch. You always brightened up the room with your smile and joking manner.
I'll never forget the first time you had me cut the turkey one year. "Here ya go, have at it" you said. You helped teach me the feeling of accomplishment when doing things on my own, and figuring things out with minimal guidance. I didn't realize at the time how much this would benefit me in my every day life.
Our time together and the fun we had at the Grand Canyon will always be in my memory. I'm going to miss hearing "Oh boy" and "Gee-wiz."
I'll never understand why things happen the way they do. It's going to be difficult to figure this out without you, Pop. I'm grateful for the memories we made and everything you've taught me.
May 20, 2020
I love you so very much and I’m going to miss you terribly. My daddy is gone.
You taught me tough love, the reality of life, and a strong work ethic. You raised 5 successful, self sufficient, never in any trouble, kids that all loved you as much as you loved us. You worked so hard to provide for us and making sure we lived a comfortable life. When I needed advice, I called you. I knew the advice was going to be brutally honest because you never sugar coated anything, but I knew I needed to hear it. Who do I call now???
I’ll never forgot our trips as kids. You picked a different state to visit every summer, camping in Vermont, teaching me how to body surf, digging for sand crabs at the beach, teaching me how to drive safely in the snow, riding Space Mountain together at Disney World, walking me down the aisle at my wedding and saying “we can turn around”, taking us sledding (you had more fun than we did) teaching me how to ice-skate, going skiing, our drives together in your Mazda truck singing Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones, your goofy winter hats with the ear flaps you would wear, your love for Coca Cola and Vic’s pizza, how much you loved my stromboli and cooking, our fun memories at Christmas Brunch as a whole family, your love for the Bloomsburg Fair, our lunch dates, our hysterical family group chats, teaching me the right way to swim out of a rip current, and so many more memories of living in Jersey and Pennsylvania. I’m most thankful for you moving the family to Maryland a year after I did, which gave me 28 more years of being with you.
I’ll make you proud and never quit; Spengler’s never quit or give up. Just the fact that I am Art Spengler’s daughter, is reason enough to hold my head high everyday. It’s going to be so hard to go through life without you, but the worst part is going to be never hearing you say “I love you, Pam.”
I was your “ray of sunshine” and you were my hero. I love you, Dad.
May 20, 2020
A message from Dad:
May 20, 2020
Thank you for instilling in me a love for hard work, creating things with my hands, and helping to shape who I am.
You taught Brad and I life lessons by putting us on a dump truck crew for a summer, but it turns out you just thought it was hilarious. Thinking back now I believe the lesson you were teaching us was don't be a bum, unless it's a beach bum. Some of my most cherished moments together were at the beach; a place that you loved so much. You made me boats in the sand to sit in as the tide came in. You taught me to boogie board and how to read sets of waves to get that perfect wave. We rode waves together; only your silver head of hair sticking out of the wave. We share a love for listening to and singing them "oldies but goodies", as well as, an appreciation for fast and classic cars.
I'm grateful that we reconnected in recent years and that we got to spend so much time together. I always looked forward to getting lunch together during the week. We talked about upgrades you were making to the Fiat, the next trip you were planning, what cool things siblings were doing, or what our next building project would be. We got to build steps, decks, a monumental effort of a 4-car garage, and we were just getting started on a master suite. You were an abundance of knowledge and so skilled. Most of all, you were so proud of us kids and what we could do.
You've left me with a house and heart full of so many memories, each one carefully crafted by you. What a cool dude! THANK YOU for giving me "5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 years of love".
I love you Dad,
Your son Brett
May 19, 2020
Thank you for working so hard your whole life for me and your other kids. I didn't know that you felt bad for not spending more time with us, that when you finally had time we were all grown up.
I was so happy to spend time with you, boogie boarding at the beach, going on trips up and down the east coast while playing oldies in the car, visiting historical places, playing basketball, skiing, watching you play games, helping you with small construction tasks, and watching old movies. I'm most grateful that we were able to spend time together on a trip to the Grand Canyon, a place you had always wanted to visit.
I want you to know it was more than enough; I looked forward to all of it and will never forget the time we were able to spend together.
You were always so proud and supportive of me. I hope I can keep making you proud and be as good of a father to my future kids as you were to me.
I love you and will miss you so much,
Your son Brad
Born on September 22, 1948 in Neptune, NJ, he was the only child to the late Arthur H. Spengler, Sr and grandson of the late Emilie Franz Spengler. Art was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather.
Art spent his youth at the beach in Bradley Beach, NJ. He was a competitive swimmer and enjoyed years as a lifeguard at Sandy Hook and Bradley Beach. He loved body surfing and longboarding, especially in the big waves of hurricanes. He listened to the 50’s Doo Wop coming from the golden pavilions on the boardwalk, thus beginning his love of the Oldies. He graduated from Asbury Park High School in 1966 and afterwards attended Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, DE. Art is also a veteran of the Vietnam War, having honorably served as a combat engineer in the United States Army with the 39th Engineer Battalion.
His time with his children brought him the most joy. Raised in Bradley Beach, NJ and Bloomsburg, PA, Art’s five children learned their excellent work ethic from his example, which has led them to great success in their adult lives. Whether sledding, skiing, or spending time at the beach, he was a dedicated father full of love and pride for his children.
Art was a master plumber who could solve any problem and never shied away from a challenge. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to great success in his businesses – Art Spengler Quality Plumbing and Heating in Bloomsburg, PA and most recently Affordable Plumbing in Salisbury, MD. He was an honest and down-to-earth guy, known for his knowledge, fairness, and excellent craftsmanship.
While in Salisbury, Art found and married the love of his life, Susan Chandler Spengler. Susan and Art enjoyed 19 wonderful years together, taking trips in their camper, playing at the beaches from NJ to FL and loving life as best friends and perfect soulmates. Many remarked that they were the best things that ever happened to each other.