George A. SponauerSeptember 12,2012George A. Sponauer
POWNAL — George A. “Spooney” Sponauer, 88, formerly of Pownal, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2012, at Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.
He was born in Wilkes Barre, Pa., Feb. 27, 1924, the son of Anthony C. and Pearl (Sorber) Sponauer.
He went to school in Lee Park, Pa., and attended Bucknell University where he studied engineering for six months.
A World War II veteran, Mr. Sponauer served in the U.S. Air Force as a navigator on B24 bombers in 50 combat missions and survived three crash landings.
On Oct. 16, 1943, he married Rose Marie Heyse in Louisiana. Mrs. Sponauer died in 2008.
He started a woodworking business in Wilkes Barre for a few years and then worked as an instructor for the people he sold the business to. He later sold mobile homes in Lenox, Mass., and built and sold them in Pownal for three years.
Mr. Sponauer enjoyed oil painting and donated some to the VA Clinic in Bennington where he also enjoyed swimming at the recreation center.
Survivors include three children, Annette Dixon of Pownal, Kenneth Sponauer of Wallingford and Eric Sponauer of Tampa, Fla.; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy May Phifer of Binghamton, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The memorial service celebrating his life will be held at a later date. Private burial will take place at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimers Association or Redeemer Lutheran Church, in care of Mahar and Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201.
Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.
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