John Spang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Harvey Spang, age 74, passed away on November 9th, 2017, in League City, Texas.

John was born on September 15th, 1943, in his family home in Lorain, Ohio to Harvey and Cathryn Spang.John was a life long lover of boating and fun.  He grew up eating donuts and decorating cakes in the family run Spang Bakery. He was an Eagle Scout and played basketball. Throughout his life he loved interacting with people and the challenge of problem solving. His annual 30th Birthday celebration was an event he looked forward to celebrating, whether with cake, crazy hats, or his signature loud pants.  He took advantage of the time in retirement to dote on his grandchildren, live life to the fullest, and achieve his dream of completing the America’s Great Loop with his wife, Terry.

John was active throughout his life in many organizations including Sigma Xi – The Scientific Research Society, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, United States Power Squadron and American’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association.

John’s education began at Denison University in Ohio, continuing at Brown University and culminated in a long career as a geology professor first at the University of Calgary and then concluded at Texas A&M University. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests considering making a donation to Denison University for The Spang Prize for Excellence in Geosciences Fund (www.denison.edu/give).

He was proceeded in death by his parents, Harvey and Cathryn Spang.

He is survived by Terry Spang, wife, Bob Spang son and wife, Jill Spang, grandchildren Sarah, Will, and Katie; his brother and sister in law Hank and Joan Spang.  His parents in law Jim and Carita Gould, brother in law and wife Mitch and Marianne Gould, brother in law and wife Steve and Laura Gould, and sister in law and husband Christy and Keith Linsley.  And many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, beginning at 11:00. The service will be at Crowder Funeral Home located at 1645 East Main Street, League City, Texas 77573.

 

9 comments

  1. Sincere condolences to Terry and family he was a classmate of mine.
    To this day when I go past the home on East Erie have to check it out.

    Sharon Kopronica
  2. It has been an honor to know John and his footprints are filled with excitement and inspiration in my life. Catherine Gregory

    Catherine Gregory
  3. It is with great sadness that we learned of Dear John’s death. He was a fine and vital
    part of our Sanderson Family’s life for over 20 years. We admired and loved him deeply. Our sincere sympathy to Terry, Bob and Jill and my wonderful 3 Great-grandchildren, also John’s many Spang relatives and friends.
    Bobi Sanderson,daughter Chris Spang and all the Sanderson Clan.

    Bobi Sanderson
  4. It is with great sadness that we learned of Dear John’s death. He was a fine and vital
    part of our Sanderson Family’s life for over 20 years. We admired and loved him deeply. Our sincere sympathy to Terry, Bob and Jill and my wonderful 3 Great-grandchildren, also John’s many Spang relatives and friends.
    Bobi Sanderson,daughter Chris Spang and all the Sanderson Clan.

    Barbara F. Sanderson
  5. I am so sad to hear that John has passed away. I have many fond and humorous memories of John at Texas A&M. He certainly was a joy to know.

    Wendy Lou Bartlett
  6. Dear Terry,

    I am so sorry to have heard about your husband John. I often think about you and what an inspiration you were. Reading about John, it is with regret I didn’t get to meet him, he certainly sounded like a man who lived life to the fullest and with so much zest.

    My deepest sympathies.

    Sophia Dunlap

    Sophia Dunlap
  7. The character of a parent is foretold by the manner in which their children talk about them and based on Bob’s previous remembrances, John Spang was a fine father and leader throughout his life in the family and in the classroom.

    Rick Cody
  8. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

    Mike Walsdorf
  9. So sorry to hear of John`s passing. He was a good neighbor. Sympathy to Terry, Bob and family. Glad he got to move close to the water and enjoy his boat.

    Vannoy and Marylin Paschall

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