Martin Spangler

Martin Luther Spangler Jr.

November 13, 1932 - November 6, 2020
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Dr. Martin L. Spangler Jr, 87, of Reading, passed away peacefully at his residence on Friday, November 6, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. Martin married his wife Julia A. (Ulrich) on August 3, 1957, and the pair had celebrated 63 wonderful years together. Born in Reading, he was the son of the late M. Luther and Amelia (Twardowski) Spangler.

Martin graduated from Reading High School in 1950 and went on to study at University of Pennsylvania, earning his Bachelors of Science in 1954, and he later earned his Doctorate of Medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1958. He had always been a hard worker who, during high school, worked part time at Family Grocery Store five days a week from 1942 until 1950. While in college, Martin supported himself by working summers at Keystone Produce.

Upon his graduation from medical school, Dr. Spangler began his Resident Internship at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 1959 he opened his own general practice, which he kept until 1988. He was a member of the Medical Staff of the Community General Hospital from 1960, and stayed on through the hospital’s transition to St. Joseph in 1998. He served at the Medical Director of the Methadone Clinic at Community General Hospital from 1992 until 1996, the Medical Director of Community Health Center and STD Clinic from 1983 until 1998, and the Medical Director of the Methadone Clinic at New Beginnings from 1996 until 2000. In 1998 he became Medical Director of St. Joseph’s Health Center until his retirement in 2000.

In 1986 Dr. Spangler was approved by the Civil Service to perform Immigration Examinations. His first 712 examinations were for Mexican Immigrants who were granted Amnesty. From 1986 until his retirement in 2000, Dr. Spangler preformed over 2000 examinations on immigrants from around the world.

When not caring for his patients, Martin enjoyed hunting and trap shooting. He won several trap shooting awards (class A) in major tournaments, both local and at state level.

In addition to his wife, Julia, Martin will be remembered by his children, David B. (Wendy) of Shillington and Sandy L. (Maurice Riley Jr.) of Reading, and his grandchildren Brian and Amy.

In lieu of flowers, Martin’s family asks that contributions be offered in his memory to Heartland Hospice, 2201 Ridgewood Road, #180, Wyomissing, PA 19610-1190.

Friends and family are invited to view on Friday, November 13, 2020 at the Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc, 739 Penn Ave, West Reading from 11:30 AM until 12:30 PM. Graveside services will be held at the Berks County Memorial Gardens, 201 Evansville Rd, Fleetwood, PA 19522 at 1:00PM.

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  • Visitation

    November 13, 2020 | 11:30am - 12:30pm
    November 13, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA 19611
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  • Graveside Service

    Berks County Memorial Garden
    201 Evansville Rd
    Fleetwood, PA 19522
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    Rev. Paul Clark
  • Interment

    November 13, 2020 |
    November 13, 2020
    Berks County Memorial Gardens
    201 Evansville Road
    FLEETWOOD, PA 19522
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Sandra Riley

Posted at 08:28am
Dear Dad:

There’s a few things I forgot to tell you before you left. Thank you for teaching me how to ride a bike. Thank you for showing me the ocean. Thank you for sharing your love of photography and putting a camera in my hands. Thank you for making sure I was a Philadelphia baby—born and educated. And, thank you for always helping people without expecting anything in return. All of these things make me uniquely who I am today. Miss you.
Love, Sandy

Sam Albert

Posted at 06:24am
Godspeed "Doc". We shared many great lifelong memories at Camp McClure. You introduced me to the "Phenegrin Manhatten"....Oh boy!!!Till we meet were a very special man to many!!

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