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James “Jim” D. Spangle Jr.

Jan 02, 1946 - Apr 07, 2021


James “Jim” D. Spangle Jr, age75 of Sheboygan passed away unexpectedly due to a stroke on Wednesday morning April 7, 2021. Jim was born in 1946, the son of the late James and Marianne (May) Spangle. He was raised in North Fond du Lac and during the years attended all the local schools. From 1966-1968 Jim served in the United States Army, stationed in Vietnam. He graduated from Moraine Park Technical College in Manufacturing Engineering and then worked at the Kohler Generator Plant for 48 years. In the later years of Jim’s career he was provided the opportunity to work in China. He especially enjoyed his time there working with the local people and learning their culture. This also gave him the opportunity to travel and see areas of the country. Jim was an avid supporter of the Brewers, Bucks and Packers, attending many games. One of Jim’s fondest memories was taking the Military Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with fellow veterans. His son Jeff served as Jim’s guardian so they could share the experience together. He married the late June Allender (Bichler) and together they had three children Kristine (Michael) Ladwig of Sheboygan, Jeffrey (Dawn) Spangle of Sheboygan and Nicole (Brent) Johnson of Cedarburg, this resulted in seven grandchildren: Eric, Trevor and Lukas Ladwig, Samuel and Cole Spangle and Blake and Lacy Johnson. He always enjoyed following them with their sports and activities and always said this kept him feeling young. Jim is further survived by two sisters Sue (Ralph) Warner of Verona, Barbara (Don) Doering of Gurnee, Il, and a brother Mark (Sandy) Spangle of Menasha.
Family and friends may gather at the Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th Street, Sheboygan on Saturday April 10, 2021 from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. Fr. Paul Fliss will officiate. Following the service VFW Post #9156 will accord military honors.
Online condolences may be expressed at
A special thank you to all the staff at Sharon Richardson Community Hospice.


Date: Saturday Apr 10, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]

Memorial Service

Date: Saturday Apr 10, 2021
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]



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Sara Kaffine

To all of Jim's loving family.... we are so sorry we could not be present to celebrate Jim's life with you. We will miss seeing him on the bleachers at basketball games and analyzing the games with him. Our sincere sympathy, Mike & Sara Kaffine and family

Kay Bergin Olson

My deepest sympathy to your family for Jim’s passing. Sorry we weren’t able to make it on Saturday. Our prayers are with you!

Bernie Loehr

Sue Warner, I was very sorry to hear about the passing of your brother. It sounds like he had a very interesting career and was a very kind and giving person. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Bernie Loehr Presentation Grade School Class of 1963

Erik Lilyquist

My condolences to the family. Its been years, but many memories. My best to everyone, thoughts& prayers from Arizona during this time.

Michelle Manthey

I had the pleasure of working with Jim at Power Systems (Generator Division). Sending the entire family my deepest sympathy for your loss!

Gene & Jeanette Lutze

To Jeff and Dawn and the whole family, Gene & I send our deepest sympathy and prayers at the passing of your dad.

Pamela Bogenschuetz

I worked with Jim for many years and also traveled to China for work several times when Jim was there. He was a great guy and always open to new experiences and adventures. Many great memories. My deepest sympathy to the family. So sad...

Brian and Barbara Lilyquist

We'd like to offer our sympathies to the family. So sorry to miss the funeral but we are in AZ. Your family was such an important part of our children lives and I have many wonderful memories of both your parents. We will be upholding your family in prayer.

Randy Hedstrom

My sincere condolences to Jim's Family. I knew and worked woth Jim at Kohler for many years. He was a nice and decent man who always had time to talk to you. He really was a well rounded versatile person, with lots of life experiences. I retired about 5 years ago, and unfortunately didn't see him since. He was a good man. R.I. P.

Llanie Nobile

Thinking of you and your family during this heartbreaking time. Hugs to all. Love The Nobiles

Jerry and Judy Hittman

Our condolences on your loss. I know how much he loved being involved with the grandkids.