William E. Spengler '42

William E. Spengler '42Bill Spengler, age 91, passed away peacefully on August 30, 2011 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Born William Ernest Spengler on July 27, 1920 in Toledo, Ohio, Bill was the son of Ruth K. (Zentmyer) and Otto H. Spengler. He was a 1938 graduate of DeVilbiss High School and attended Denison University, where he joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity, before graduating in 1942 from Purdue University with a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. He served as a Lieutenant Commander on the U.S.S. Bang, a submarine that participated in numerous war patrols in the South China Sea during World War II.

Bill and Ruth Virginia Sperry were married on September 13, 1947. He was the founder of Tolco Corporation, an international business involved with dispensing devices for the sanitary supply and specialty chemical industries. The family-run company celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011.

A former resident of Ottawa Hills and Perrysburg, Bill was a board member of YMCA Storer Camps, a former Chairman of the Board of the Toledo Area Humane Society, a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, the Scottish Rite, Maumee Valley Zenobia Shrine, and Royal Court of Jesters. Bill was a former member of Collingwood Presbyterian Church and a member of Epworth United Methodist Church. He belonged to the U.S. Submarine Veteran's Association, The Toledo Club, Toledo Rotary, where he took pride in his 35 years of perfect attendance, and both The Walloon Lake Association and Bay View Association in Petoskey, Michigan where the family had a summer home.

In addition to his parents, William is predeceased by his wife, Ruth, and his sister, Marjorie Lumm. He is survived by his children, William J. (Chris) Spengler, Susan (George) Notarianni, Peggy (John) Lewis, and Amy (William) Wolff and grandchildren, Molly Notarianni, John Notarianni, William (Amy) Lewis, Betsy Lewis, Caroline Lewis, Patrick Wolff, Michael Wolff, and Jack Wolff. He is also survived by his brother, Dr. John Robert Spengler of Hendersonville, NC. Funeral services were held on September 3, 2011 with private interment followin in Toledo Memorial Park.
Published in Toledo Blade from September 1 to September 2, 2011.

All honor to his name.

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