I have known the Spitler family so long that I can't remember when I first met them. My memories of Bradley and his family are of us all playing in the Lebanon Valley Gospel Band. The band has been (and still is) directed by my aunt, Shirley Habacker. In the summer time, when the band was at local churches, we would tag along and my Dad, brother-Austin, and I would join with the band even though we weren't official band members. As stated in the obituary down below, he was a very talented man. It breaks my heart thinking of his wife and three boys left behind. He was sick for a very long time, so this wasn't a complete surprise, but it is devastating just the same. If you think of them, say a prayer for the family.
Bradley G. Spitler
Bradley G. Spitler, 41, of Myerstown, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was the husband of Wendy J. Huff Spitler, and they celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary on October 17th.
Born in Lebanon on October 2, 1966, he was the son of H. Glenn and Carlene Shuey Spitler of Ono. He had worked at the Countryside Christian Community, N. Annville Twp., as an Assistant Administrator.
He was an active member of the Lebanon God’s Missionary Church where he had served as an elder, pianist, choir director, assistant class leader and assistant song leader. He was a member and the assistant director of the Lebanon Valley Gospel Band, and was president of the Lebanon Valley Holiness Association. He had a heart for missions and traveled to Cuba and Puerto Rico, and was active in the Lebanon Gospel Center. He was a 1990 graduate of Lebanon Valley College with a B.S. degree in music. He was an accomplished musician and was able to play over 20 different instruments. He loved gardening, the outdoors and especially spending time with his boys.
In addition to his wife and parents he is survived by three sons Benjamin C., Christian W. and Bradley G. Spitler all at home; a brother Darrell R. and his wife Susan of Ono; a sister Alisa R. wife of Craig Brown of Cincinnati, OH and his paternal grandmother Anna Mae Fittery of Ono.
Viewing for Bradley will be held on Friday, March 7, 2008 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lebanon God’s Missionary Church, 2127 Hill St., Lebanon, PA 17046. The funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the church, with a viewing one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Myerstown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his church.
Published in the Patriot-News on 3/6/2008.