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The Rev. Dr. Ronald Wesley Spangenberg

September 12, 1931 - October 5, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Ronald Wesley Spangenberg, 87, died October 5, 2018.  Ronald was born in Washington, DC to the late Wesley and Jessie Hogue Spangenberg and grew up in Takoma Park, MD.

Ronald served as a priest for the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia from April 1977 to December 2014, often supplying at a variety of churches.  He was the Vicar at Christ the King in Tabb, VA and the Episcopal Chaplain at the Chapel of the Centurion at Ft. Monroe. Ronald also worked as a researcher and Educational Specialist for the armed forces, researching, designing, and overseeing huge training programs.

Before his ordination at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, Ronald was a design engineer for Harry Diamond Labs and the Instrument Engineering Company.  He was a flight line officer for the USAF. Always the Eagle Scout, Ronald delighted in delicious food, campy jokes, well-played football, and in doing secret good deeds.

Once he was a priest, he served as vicar for the Church of the Ascension in Refugio, TX.  While assisting the Rev. Rufus Womble at Christ Church in Little Rock, AR, he formed two new congregations: St. Stephen’s in Jacksonville, AR, and Epiphany in Little Rock, AR.  He preached at churches in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, and Colorado.

Ronald was a member of the Order of St. Luke and the American Society for Training and Development.  He visited the sick and conducted healing services. He enjoyed reading, collecting, shopping, and traveling.  He loved to spend time with his wife. He was predeceased by his brother, David.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 60 years, Dorothy B. Spangenberg and his daughter, Laurel J. Scheible (Mrs. Jack Jr.) of Springfield, VA.    He also leaves his brothers, James Spangenberg of MD and Roger Spangenberg of Farmville, VA; his grandchildren Elisabeth (Mrs. Jeff Black), Robert, Peter, Christina, and Jessica Scheible; and a host of other family and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Chapel of the Centurion, Hampton, followed by a burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk  Memorial donations may be made to the Chapel of the Centurion or the Episcopal Church of the Advent c/o  Express condolences to the family at  



Service Information

Service Information

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm


Chapel of the Centurion

54 Bernard Rd.
Fort Monroe, VA 23651

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018

Time: 2:15 pm


Forest Lawn Cemetery

8100 Granby Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23505

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