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Gary Wayne "Butch" Spangler, 73, a native of Union County,entered into rest at 11:33 a.m. Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at the Hershey Medical Center. He resided at 80 Majestic View Lane, a home he, his brothers, and brothers-in-law built in 1970.
He was born Feb. 22, 1944, in Lewisburg, a son of the late Paul Rudolph and Elma Marguerite (Wetzel) Spangler. He was married on Oct. 14, 1967, to Ruth-Alice Mae Seebold, by his brother the Rev. Kenneth E. Spangler in Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Berlin. Together, they shared 49 years of memories.

Butch was a 1962 graduate of Mifflinburg High School, where he played baseball for three years.
He was a life member of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Berlin.
In 1964, he went into business as Spangler Bros. Inc., home builder and developer with his two brothers, Clair and Orville, which lasted 40 years. Earlier in life, for three summers and two years he worked for builder, Eugene Keister.
Butch helped at carnivals and in the kitchen at the New Berlin Social Hall. He became a life member of the New Berlin Fire Co. He served on the archives and museum committee and was a member of the board of directors of the Union County Historical Society. He was also president of the New Berlin Cemetery Association. He was a member of the Union County Sportsman Club, the New Berlin Heritage Association, and of Camp Keeawae Hunting Camp.
Butch enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren, and would love to hunt and fish with them.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Ruthie, is one daughter, Karen Mae Spangler-Pereira, wife of Jimmy, of Holly Springs, N.C.; two grandsons, Nevin Lino and Masin Wyatt Spangler-Pereira; three brothers, Clair D. Spangler, Harold M. Spangler, and Orville L. Spangler.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Rev. Kenneth E. Spangler, Alvin E. Spangler; and one sister, Marian Spangler Reich.

Family and friends are invited to the viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Dominick T. Adamo Funeral Home, 247 Chestnut St., Mifflinburg, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 308 Market St., New Berlin, followed by the funeral at 11, with the Rev. Andrew S. Fitch officiating.
Interment will be in the New Berlin Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Butch's memory may be sent to Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 308 Market St., New Berlin, PA 17855.

To share in Butch's online memorial, please visit www.adamofh.com.
Published on June 15, 2017
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