Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Thomas L. Spangler

Thomas L. Spangler, age 77, of Shelby, died Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2020 in the hospice wing of OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.

Tom was born May 4, 1943 in Ontario, Ohio to the late Roscoe W. and Ruth L. (Clark) Spangler. He was a graduate of Ontario High School and furthered his education at Bowling Green State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in education. Tom was a sports buff and enjoyed both spectating and playing. Golf was his game of choice to play but he was an avid follower of the Shelby Whippets, especially basketball, The Ohio State University Buckeyes, and the Cleveland teams- the Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers. He also thoroughly enjoyed traveling and was a member of First Lutheran Church in Shelby.

Tom loved his family, especially his twin grandbabies, and enjoyed every minute spent with them. Surviving are his wife: Susan M. (Patterson) Spangler whom he wed on June 27, 1973; his daughter: Jennifer and Nick Snyder of Delaware; his precious grandbabies: Jack Thomas and Sloane Michele; his brother and his partner: Richard Spangler and Thomas Reiderman of Akron; and his brother-in-law: Larry Patterson of Denver. In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by a daughter: Mary Michele Spangler; a sister: Patricia Spangler; and his mother and father-in-law: Pat and Mary Patterson.

Tom’s funeral services will be private and will be officiated by his friend and golfing buddy, Rev. Jerry Rhea.  Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery. A memorial service will be announced at a later time. For those wishing, memorial contributions may be made to the Shelby Whippet Athletic Boosters, %Cathy Dodge, 145 Mansfield Avenue, Apt #7, Shelby, Ohio 44875 or to First Lutheran Church, 33 Broadway, Shelby, Ohio 44875.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Gaye Shira says:

    My heartfelt sympathy to you all and prayers for the peace of God during this difficult time.

  2. Ann Hess Surella says:

    The Hess family send their sincere sympathy. I remember growing up and spending time with Tom, Pat and Richard and our trips to Canada.

  3. Dana Pennell says:

    Jenny and I are very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. We both loved to talk to him in church (& talk a little sports). Please God,bless this family.

  4. Cara Pena says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss! I always enjoyed talking to Tom. Ferron and I will miss seeing him at church and when we would stop over. Praying for Sue and the rest of his family!

  5. Teresa Hunter says:

    So sorry for your loss. Thomas was a sweet soul. Prayers for your family.

  6. Pat Wilson says:

    Susan and Jennifer family I am so sorry to hear this and my thoughts and prayer are with you all. If you need anything please don’t hesitate to call. Tom will be missed for sure

  7. pat keen says:

    Dear Family,
    So sorry to hear this news and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Many times we sat with Tom at basketball games watching and chatting. May you cherish your special memories.

  8. Cliff and Darlene King says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers.

  9. Linda Eith says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss! My prayers are with you and your family, Sue

  10. Linda Eith says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you!



  12. David Eugene Bowser says:

    Barbara and I send our prayers to Tom’s family. Tom was a golfer at our golf course as was his mother Ruth. Paradise Hill Golf Course. Always a wonderful person to talk with.

  13. Martha Osborne says:

    Tom was a very special cousin of mine.
    I haven’t seen him much in recent years due to the distance (Arizona – Ohio)
    but I cherish the memories of our childhood times we spent together.
    I especially remember how “kind” he was to all the cousins…smile.

  14. Terry & ROBIN Boice says:

    Susan, sorry for your loss. Always enjoy talking with Tom. GOD BLESS

  15. Bob & Sue Stover says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. He was such a nice person & enjoyed talking at the basketball games.

  16. Margie Remington says:

    Susan, I am so sorry for your loss.

  17. Stephen Lay family says:

    Susan and families, We are sorry to hear about Tom. We went to sports games together and played in the same golf league. We will miss him a lot. God be with you all.

  18. Julie Ensman says:

    Susan,we are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Prayers for you and your family.
    The girls at Details Hair Salon❤️

  19. Pat Heydinger says:

    I am so very sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. I always enjoyed talking with him about Shelby and national sports. He could always be counted on to help out at church whether it be ushering, taking collections or helping at the Saturday breakfasts. A kind and compassionate man, I will truly miss him. My sympathy to his family.

  20. Greg & Pam Davis says:

    Susan, So, so sorry to learn of your loss of Tom. Our prayers to you and your family.

  21. Mary Henne says:

    Dear Sue, Jenny and family, Robin and I are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. He was such an inspiration to us and Bob. We have missed him. He touched a lot of lives. His quiet ways made a big impact on many.

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