Alan Francis Spang

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Alan Francis
Spang

Alan F. Spang, affectionately known to many as “Uncle Al”, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the age of 72.

He was born July 15, 1941 to Robert and Eva Spang. Al’s early life was spent in Franksville, WI on his family’s horse farm. Al was graduate of the school of hard knocks, where he learned to play when you can and work when you should.

He worked hard and honestly as a heavy machine operator for over 50 years, with Azarian Wrecking to make a good life for his family. He lived his life big and with much love.

Al was a straight up man with a tough exterior. When he wasn’t working he was playing. As an avid outdoorsman he enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family at their vacation home up north. Al, with his infectious belly laugh, was the life of the party known for his ability to cause trouble and to make you laugh at a joke, even if it wasn’t funny. He also enjoyed tending to his vegetable garden, refurbishing antiques and restoring tractors.

Despite his tough exterior, he had a heart of gold. He was authentic and kind. Al understood that a greater happiness lies within helping others, not helping oneself. He was always willing to help out anyone. Everyone was his “buddy”. He was a devoted husband, father and friend. More importantly, however, he was a cherished grandfather. He is survived by his wife Carol, his daughters Carrie (Juan) Avalos, Christine Spang and Carin (Ryan) Keland. He is further survived by his grandchildren Lucas, Alana, Grace, Benjamin and Isabel. Al loved his children and grandchildren wholeheartedly and spent countless hours attending school events, horse shows and even dance recitals in their support. It was of them that he was most proud. In addition, he is survived by his brother Richard and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Al was one of a kind. To know him with was to love him. The world will be a much more quiet and boring place without him.

Preceded in death by his parents, beloved granddaughter Olivia Bladzik, brother Robert Spang JR and close friend Tim Heath.

Visitation Monday, May 5th,2014 at THE FUNERAL HOME, from 4pm until the Time of Sharing at 6:30pm. Visitation continues Tuesday, May 6th, 2014, at FRANKSVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 10402 Northwestern Ave (Hwy K) in Franksville, from 10am, until the time of Funeral Service at 11am. Interment immediately following service, at St. Louis Cemetery in Caledonia.

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Past Comments

Joanne Mehlhaff

I will never forget when Christine and I were at her house for lunch ( or so we said) we had just started cooking a pizza and Al came home and he said ” Aren’t you suppose to be at school? ” We weren’t sure how to answer so we took the pretty much uncooked pizza out of the oven and said we were headed back to school we just wanted better pizza, He just said ” Oh well have fun!” and the look on his face was priceless.
He was a wonderful man with a great laugh. I haven’t seen him in awhile but I know what he meant to all of you and for that I hold up a candle to help you through this time. Remember that laugh and it will be hard not to smile when you think of him. My prayers and love in this time. Joanne

Eric Hoffman

I remember being at Al’s house for a family and friends cookout and pool party, and Al dared me to eat a hot pepper from his garden, he said the small ones aren’t as hot as the big one’s. So I put the whole thing in my mouth and to my surprise, it was hottest damn thing I think I’ve ever tried to eat, my eyes were watering so bad I couldn’t see, and my mouth felt like I had a hot charcoal in it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Al laugh so hard in all days that I knew him. He will be sadly missed!

Eric Hoffman

Susan Wachtl

I only met him once, but I felt I knew him well through the stories that Carin shared. He sounded like a truly wonderful father and grandfather who loved and lived big.

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