Lieutenant Robert Watson Spangler was born on May 22, 1892 and grew up on North Harrison Avenue in Bellevue. He was the Honor Graduate of Bellevue High School’s class of 1910 and he went on to receive First Honors (Magna cum laude) of the graduating class at Washington and Jefferson College in 1914, where he was the Junior Class President and Senior Class President. He attended University of Pittsburgh’s law school, and for a short time taught at Bellevue High School. After a reserve officer’s training camp in San Francisco in the summer of 1917 he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Aviation Corps. He died at Fort Sill in Oklahoma at the age of twenty-six on June 7, 1918.  He was buried at Union Dale Cemetery. His parents were Harrison G. Spangler and Nettie W. Spangler, and his sister was Eleanor Spangler.

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