William Gordon Spangler
Funeral service for William Gordon Spangler, age 102, of Chickasha, OK will be held at 10:30am, Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Epworth United Methodist Church. Rev. Scott Keneda will officiate. The church encourages all attendees to wear a face mask. The funeral will be live-streamed on YouTube at Chickasha UMC.
William Gordon Spangler was born to William Oliver and Margaret Anna Simpson Spangler on March 27, 1918 in Pocasset, OK. He left this life on July 9, 2020 in Chickasha, OK.
William attended school at the Arcadia School through the 8th grade. He attended high school in Minco, where he graduated. After graduation the National Guard unit he was in while in high school was mobilized for a year and he went to Ft. Sill and then to Abilene, TX. While there, he married Pauline Anderson. The war broke out when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and he was sent to Africa, Sicily, Anzio, Italy, France and then Germany, from which he came home. During his time abroad he had 511 combat days. He received the Presidential Unit Citation for action at Salerno, Italy, 13 September 1943; French Troix De Guerre Award 21 June 1945, for campaigns in Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Anzio, Rome-Arno, Southern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace and Central Europe. After returning home he worked for the Rock Island Railroad for a time and then went to work for the National Guard which took him to the Korean Conflict. He had 429 combat days in the Korean Conflict and received a Presidential Citation for combat operations in Korea. He came home from the Korean Combat Operations on points. All this combat was with the 45th Division, which was from Oklahoma. He received the National Guardsman of the Year award from the Governor in 1972. He retired after 40 years and began raising cattle, finally settling on Longhorns, on his ranch southeast of Chickasha where he lived for many years. He and his wife were charter members of the Swinging Chicks Square Dance Club. He received a 50 year certificate and pin from the National Square Dance Association for his contribution and devotion to square dancing.
He was preceded in death by his wife Pauline Spangler, his parents, son-in-law John Snow, granddaughter Stacy Keller.
He is survived by his daughter Gordona Snow; daughter Mandy Keller and husband Richard; grandchildren Gordon Travis Snow and wife Brandy, Sarah Hoffman and husband Jay; and great-grandchildren Carson Snow, Lexi Snow, Nora Snow and John Ronald Hoffman.
Memorial contributions may be made to the USAO Pauline Spangler Alumni Scholarship. Services are under the direction of McRay Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Friendship Cemetery.