Chesterton Tribune

John J. Spanier dies at 80

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John J. Spanier, of Valparaiso, passed away Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007 at his home. He was 80.

He was born Oct. 27, 1927, in Hammond, one of nine children of James E. and Otillai (Manlitz) Spanier, both of whom preceded him in death.

On Sept. 19, 1959 in Calumet City, Ill., he married Gayle Reuhl, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by a son, Jamie (Karen) Spanier of Chesterton; a daughter, Kelly (John) McMahon of Valparaiso and grandchildren, Joshua, Alexandra, Samantha and Brandon.

John was an area resident since 1964, coming from Hammond. He was a graduate of George Rogers Clark High School class of 1948 and also graduated from the International Typographical Union of North America. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He worked as a printer for the Gary Post-Tribune, retiring in 1991 and was a member of the American Legion Post 502.

Funeral services, Pastor Don Miller officiating, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home Portage Chapel, 6941 Central Ave. Portage. Interment will be at Concordia Cemetery, Hammond.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the VNA Hospice of Porter County, 501 Marquette St., Valparaiso, IN 46383


Posted 12/3/2007