Dennis G. “Spanky” Spangler

Dennis G. “Spanky” Spangler, age 76 of Fremont, Nebraska passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021 at Dunklau Gardens in Fremont.  He was born September 13, 1944 in Fort Dodge, Iowa to Emery and Thelma (Hull) Spangler.

Denny grew up at rural Eagle, Grove, IA and was a 1963 graduate of Eagle Grove Community High School.  He then went to basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.  He served in the Army National Guard from 1964 to 1969.  Denny then came to Fremont where he worked for a trailer company doing trailer set up and also was a self-employed carpet layer.  In 1973 he started working for Valmont Industries in Valley, NE and retired after 31 years in 2004.  On February 14, 1981 he married Marvelyn (Mahnke) Clark in Fremont.

Denny was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Fremont, member of FOE #200 and past trustee.  He was a former drag racer with Scribner Raceway being his home track and was a member of the NHRA.  He enjoyed camping with family and friends and most of all he loved teaching his grandchildren and great grandchildren how to fish.  Denny liked playing cards and played 5-point pitch at the Eagles Club and Does Place. 

Denny was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Shawn Clark; son-in-law, Lynn Luschen; sister-in-law, Shirley Spangler; and in-laws, Milford and Leota Mahnke.

He is survived by his wife, Marvelyn; and son, Lori (Julie) Clark all of Fremont and Patrick (Louise) Spangler of Lincoln, NE; daughter, Kathy Luschen of Fremont; brother, Jerry Spangler of Phoenix, AZ’ brothers-in-law, Lyle Mahnke of Hooper, NE and Ray (Trudy) Mahnke of Oakland, NE; 8 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 

Funeral will be 10:30 A.M., Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Peace Lutheran Church in Fremont. Rev. Sean Tyler will officiate.  Visitation will be 4-7 P.M., Friday 9/24/21 at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont, and continue 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.  Interment will be a Memorial Cemetery in Fremont at a later date.   

Memorials are suggested to Peace Lutheran Church and Fremont Eagles Club. 

Online condolences may be left at

Moser Memorial Chapel, 2170 N. Somers Ave.  Fremont, NE  68025  402-721-4490. 



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