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Gerald (Gerry) Spangler - February 20, 2014


Gerald (Gerry) Spangler was born in Ogallala, Neb. to Erma Hughes Spangler and Robert Spangler on Aug. 26, 1955. Gerry was baptized and confirmed in St. Paul Lutheran Church of Ogallala. He attended parochial school and public school in Ogallala. Gerry graduated from high school in 1973.
Throughout high school, Gerry participated in wrestling and was also a member of the rodeo team. He competed in bull riding, bareback bronc riding and team roping. He worked on the Don Chandler and the Tom McGinley ranch for many years.
In June of 1976, Gerry married Cherilyn Oellermann at Trinity Lutheran Church, in rural Grant, Neb. Gerry was a member of the Lutheran Laymen’s League and on mission committees. Together Gerry and Cheri ensured proper care of the Veterans, United States, and Christian Flags at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
Gerry worked for the Keith County Coop until Cherilyn’s father passed away. Gerry, Cherilyn, and son Bob moved to the farm in 1979, where Cherilyn currently resides. Gerry raised wheat and cattle while living on the farm. He also worked for Wally’s Sales and Service and Jehorek’s Hay Grinding.
Gerry loved the outdoors and hunting. He was an avid archer, competing at an archery competition with Dennis Dahlkoetter in Columbus, Neb. the day before he fell ill to the flu. Gerry passed away Feb. 13, 2014 at the Clarkson Tower at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Gerry was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Tim, and two nieces.
Gerry is survived by his beloved wife Cherilyn, his son Bob Spangler and wife Terra and grandson Zain Spangler of Wakonda, S.D.; brothers, Wayne and Carleen Spangler of Ogallala, Mike and wife Linda of Ogallala, Lloyd and wife Sue of Norfolk, Neb., sister Doris Hirsch of Brule, Neb. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Cremation was chosen. Memorial services are set at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at the Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Wayne Pick officiating.
The Good Shepard Funeral Home of Omaha and Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant are in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials for the local archery club, volunteer ambulance crew, and other family choices.