Ronald T Spangler of Mission Viejo, CA, March 1, 1922 – March 25, 2013



Ronald T. Spangler, age 91, of Merrillville, IN and Mission Viejo, CA, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2013.  Ron was born in Britt, Iowa, the son of William & Glenn Spangler.  He was a graduate of Britt High School and Creighton University where he received his BS and Juris Doctorate in 1950.  He was a veteran of World War II, U.S. Army where he was a paratrooper for two years. Ron practiced Law for over 48 years and was a senior partner and founding member of the law firm Spangler, Jennings and Dougherty, with offices in Merrillville, Valparaiso, and Indianapolis. He was a member of the American, Indiana, & Iowa Bar Associations and was admitted to practice Law before the U.S. District Court, the Southern District Court of Indiana and the Appellate Court of Indiana.  Ron was a member of SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church. He was a member of Delta Phi Law Fraternity, University Club, Merrillville Optimist Club, American Legion, Andrean High School Foundation, Innsbrook Country Club, and the Placido Domingo Chapter of the Guilds of Orange County Performing Arts Center. Ron was an avid fan of Notre Dame football and an accomplished duplicate bridge player winning many championships at the Laguna Hills Bridge Club.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William & Glenn Spangler, brothers, William & Paul and sisters, Evelyn Long, Dolores Kayser and Pat Spangler.  Ron is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Bette Spangler of Mission Viejo, CA; daughter, Debbie (Alan) Barbanel of Los Angeles, CA; grandson, Tristan Barbanel of Los Angeles and many other loving nephews and nieces.

Friends may visit with Ron’s family on Friday, April 5, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Burns Funeral Home, 10101 Broadway, Crown Point, IN.  Funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 9:15 a.m. at Burns Funeral Home going to SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 5885 Harrison St., Merrillville, IN. for Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, IN. Contributions designated in Ron’s memory may be made to California Heart Center Foundation, 8536 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 301, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

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George F. Roback of Hobart, IN, December 22, 1926 – March 26, 2013

George F. Roback, age 86 of Hobart passed away March 26, 2013. George was a WWII US Army veteran, a member of American Legion Post 100 in Lake Station, and a member of Pipefitters Union Local #597.  He was preceded in death by his wife of over 60 years, Catherine Roback in 2009.  George is survived by his daughter Cathy Ann Westkowski of Crown Point; Son George (Judy) Roback of Park Forest, IL; and grandchildren Jeremy Dykhuizen, Bill Davis, Stephanie Westkowski and Kaitlin Roback.  Friends may visit with George’s family on Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Burns Funeral Home, 701 E. 7th St., Hobart.  American Legion Post 100 Service at 6 p.m..  Funeral Service is Friday at 10 a.m. at Burns Funeral Home (Hobart).  Burial at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL.


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Thomas Andrew Kopko of Ogden Dunes, IN formerly Gary, April 29, 1928 – March 26, 2013

Thomas Andrew Kopko, age 84 of Ogden Dunes (Portage) and formerly of Gary, passed

away March 26, 2013.  Tom graduated from Lew Wallace High School, Class of 1947  and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University in 1952.  He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1954.  He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Thomas Council and a former Secretary-Treasurer and Director of First Federal Savings and Loan Association in Gary. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Stephen and Anna Kopko, infant son Peter Kopko, brother Stephen Kopko, Jr., and sister Paula J. Novak. Tom is survived by his wife of 54 years, Geraldine “Gerrie” (nee Welter); 2 sons Thomas R. (Barbara) Kopko of Chesterton and Robert A. (Mary) Kopko of Perrysburg, OH; 2 grandsons Jonathan A. “Jack” and Benjamin T.; brother Andrew J. “Jack” (Adele) Kopko of Ogden Dunes and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with Tom’ family on Monday, April 1, 2013  from 4 to 8 p.m. at Burns Funeral Home, 701 E. 7th St., Hobart.  Funeral Services will be Tuesday beginning at 11:45 a.m. at Burns Funeral Home (Hobart) and proceeding to St. Francis Xavier Church, 2447 Putnam St., Lake Station for a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:30 p.m.  Rev. David W. Kime officiating.  Services will end at the church.  In lieu of flowers contributions in Mr. Kopko’s memory may be made to St. Francis Xavier Church or to Harbor Light Hospice.

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