Carl James Spindler, 51, of Erie, formerly of Limestone, N.Y., passed away Sunday (June 1, 2014) surrounded by his loving family at UPMC Hamot in Erie.
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Born Sept. 12, 1962, in Corning, N.Y., he was a son of the late James F. and Margaret M. "Cherie" Moshier Spindler.
Mr. Spindler was a 1981 graduate of Limestone High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on July 14, 1981. After completing basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, he received technical training at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi to become a wide band communication equipment specialist. Shortly thereafter he received orders to be assigned at Hahn Air Force Base in Germany.
Outstanding accomplishments by Carl earned him the Air Force Achievement Award, which he received on March 14, 1984. Additionally, Airman Spindler was awarded the rank of sergeant and was honorably discharged June 30, 1986. Carl pursued civilian employment with ADT as a home security technician for more than 25 years, where he received a 15-year and a 25-year certificate of appreciation.
He was a member of the Polish Falcons Nest #123 of Erie.
Surviving are three sisters, Cheryl M. O'Connell of Ormsby, Cindy M. Ressel of Chaffee, Mo., and Cathy M. Sudo of Jeanette; three brothers, Christopher J. Spindler of Moore, Okla., Craig J. Spindler of Hinsdale, N.H., and Curt J. Spindler of Port Allegany; and four nieces, five nephews and his many friends from Bull Shooters in Erie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his twin sister, Carol M. Bells.
Friends are invited to attend a graveside service and military honors on Sunday, Aug. 31 in St. Patrick Cemetery in Limestone at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Patrick Melfi officiating. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Refuge, Erie United Methodist Alliance, (E.U.M.A.), 1033 East 26th St., Erie, PA 16504, www.euma-erie.org/, Polish Falcons Nest #123, 602 East 19th St., Erie PA 16503; or the SPCA, P.O. Box 113, Bradford PA 16701.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com.
Published in The Bradford Era from June 5 to June 12, 2014