|Volume 12, Issue 1||May, 2001|
|Some Have Left Us|
The following alumni are known to have died in recent years. Those listed in previous newsletters are omitted here. Some information is incomplete. If you have more information, or unreported deaths, please advise the AHSAA.
The Ames High School Alumni Association has received the following memorials since the last newsletter. Memorial funds go into the Memorial Scholarship Fund for AHS seniors.
In memory of Robert D. Allbaugh `42 by James W. Allbaugh `47
In memory of Margaret (Evvard) Batman `31 by Homer C. Batman `31
In memory of Robert L. Wallace `41 by Willard P. Puffett `39
In memory of Marjorie (Dunlap) Schluss `29, Betty (Norris) Dunlap `33, Zac Roy Dunlap `34 by Margo (Dunlap) Reep `61
In memory of Bernice Sills `43 by Paul C. Vance `43
In memory of David William Sass `48 by Robert C. Amme `48
In memory of James D. Smith `46 by Mary (Smith) Hanger `43
In memory of Everett G. Ritland (staff), Cornelia "Nikki" (Lindstrom) Buck `42, Robert Mulcahy `41 by H. Brown Otopalik `42
|After 22 years, The Truth|
Manzella (Groth) Fitch `32 and Clarence Stahlman `32 were the parents of Nancy (Stahlman) Spangler `52. They went to their graves with doubts but never knew what really happened on that fateful day in Colorado on December 30, 1978. The bodies of Nancy, her 17-year-old son, David and 15-year-old daughter, Susan were found in the Spangler home. A suicide note led authorities to believe this had been a double murder-suicide. The remains of the three were later brought back to Ames for burial.
Headlines in the October 5, 2000, Denver Post cleared the air. A terminally ill Robert M. Spangler `51 had confessed to murdering two wives and his two children. He stated that "he didn't like family life and murder was easier than divorce." His third wife died while they were hiking in Grand Canyon on Easter Sunday, 1993. Spangler was indicted for her death in Arizona. He has since been convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
The death of Nancy and her children affected a number of people with Ames High connections. This is not the type of story that generally appears on these pages. Nancy Stahlman had a lot of friends who remember her fondly. We felt this story needed to be told.
Jack Smalling `58