Born Nov. 22, 1920 in Cataract, he was the son of Forrest A. and Jewel (Evans) Spangler. He was a 1938 graduate of Midland High School. After graduation, Don enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served during World War II, Korea and Vietnam retiring in 1965 after serving his country proudly for over 26 years. On April 8, 1944 he married his sweetheart Audrey Smith, spending the next 60 years at each others side. Upon retiring from the military, he went to work at the Indiana University Halls of Residence where he touched many lives managing several dorms. He was a 50 year member of the John A. Lejune Masonic Lodge (Quantico, VA) #350 A.F.&A.M. and the Sojourners Lodge #328. He was an avid IU athletics fan and longtime member of the Varsity Club. He was an avid outdoorsman enjoying, hunting, fishing and camping. He attended Emmanuel Baptist Church in Bloomington, IN.
He is survived by three daughters, Sandra J. Meyers and husband Jim of Hooper, Utah, Karen S. "Susie" Bateman and husband Richard of Bourbonnais, IL and Vicki L. Evangelista and husband Al of Orlando, FL; one sister in law Karen Spangler of Rockville, IL, seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Audrey (Smith) Spangler in 2004, and two brothers, Charles Spangler and June Spangler.
Visitation will be on Sunday, November 22, on his 89th birthday, from noon-2 p.m. at Allen Funeral Home, 4155 S. Old State Rd. 37, with a Masonic Service starting at 1:30 p.m.
Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. at Fairview Cemetery in Linton, with military honors conducted by the United States Marine Corps.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1503 W. That Rd, Bloomington, IN 47401. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.allenfuneralhome.org.
The family would like to thank the caring staff at Bloomington Hospital and Bell Trace for their kindness and wonderful care.