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Township building renamed to honor Spanglers

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Madison Township trustees (from left) Gary McDonald, Ed Dildine and Victor Paini, join Terry Spangler at a ceremony to rename the township's Roads Building in honor of Spangler and his late father, Paul. Both men served as Madison Township's road superintendent.

The Madison Township Roads Building is now the Spangler Public Works Building, following a June 18 ceremony honoring the community service of both Terry Spangler and his father, Paul.

Terry Spangler retired as the township's road superintendent at the end of December, after 25 years with the township. His late father, Paul, who had also been road superintendent, worked for the township from 1980 to 1993, spending four years as Terry's supervisor and mentor.

Following a brief congratulatory speech by Madison Township trustees, staff members, friends and family looked on as a new green and white sign was unveiled above the garage, reading: "The Spangler Public Works Building."

All three trustees expressed their gratitude to the Spangler family.

"I'm really pleased to be able to do this on behalf of the township," trustee Ed Dildine said. "This is very well-deserved."

After unveiling the large sign, Terry Spangler was asked to unveil a bronze plaque next to the building's entryway, which is inscribed with the new building name, both Spanglers' service years, and a dedication that reads, "in honor of Paul and Terry Spangler for their years of service to Madison Township, Spring 2014."

Between the two of them, the Spanglers worked for the township for 33 years.

During the ceremony, Spangler choked back tears as he spoke about how grateful he is for the honor, and how much he wishes his father had lived to see it.

"This really touches me and if dad were here, he'd have a big grin on his face," Spangler said. "I'm thankful for all of you who are here, and for my family that's here to share in this. The people of Madison Township are very fortunate to have all of you working for them."