×

Bounds Funeral Home

705 E Main ST, Salisbury, MD

OBITUARY

Arthur Harold Spengler Jr.

September 22, 1948May 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.

  • FAMILY

  • 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)

Learn more about the Spengler name

  • DONATIONS

  • Bradley Beach Lifeguards - Jack Wright Ocean Mile Swim

Services

  • Celebration of Life Visitation

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

  • Facebook Live

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Memories

Arthur Harold Spengler Jr.

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
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

Kelly Chandler

May 26, 2020

Art,

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,
Kelly

Terry Sell

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.

Cathrine Spengler

May 25, 2020

Art,

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,
Cathrine Spengler

MARY MULLEN

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

Fran Hill

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. 💔

John Middleton

May 23, 2020

Artie,
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
John

Maira Spengler

May 21, 2020

Hey Art!

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 :)

Love,
Maira

Kathryn Heckel

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.

Biography

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.

Learn more about the Spengler name

VISIT ANCESTRY.COM