Robert Lewis Spanke, 66, of Wyandotte, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, at home. He was born Feb. 13,1942, in Highland Park. Mr. Spanke was retired from River Rouge Public Schools, where he taught elementary special education as well as various subjects in the high school and belonged to the River Rouge Education Association (teachers' union). He held bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Eastern Michigan University. He also liked to travel. Surviving are his brother, Thomas Avery, a niece, a nephew, and several cousins, aunts, and uncles. Visitation; 5-9 p.m. today and 2-9 p.m. Wednesday at Thon Funeral Home, 2760 Biddle, Wyandotte, online condolences www.rjnixonfuneralhome.com; further visitation, 5-9 p.m. Thursday and 2-9 p.m. Friday at Gramer Funeral Home, 705 N. Main St., Clawson; service, 10 a.m. Saturday at Gramer Funeral Home with the Rev. George Spencer officiating; burial, White Chapel Memorial Cemetery; memorials, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, or American Heart Association in lieu of flowers; online condolences, www.gramerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Daily Tribune on February 26, 2008.
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