Colonel Harry Alvin Spannaus

September 1, 1930 - January 27, 2022
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Colonel Harry Alvin Spannaus was born in Hutchinson, Minnesota on September 1, 1930. He was an avid high school athlete having lettered in football, basketball, track, hockey, golf, and participated in Golden Gloves boxing. He attended the University of Minnesota and earned a sports letter in diving. Spannaus held a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science andContinue Reading

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Gerald and Eve Carey Christich left a message on February 3, 2022:
We are saddened by the news of your father Col. Spannaus passing on. We recently visited Hanger 25 and thought what a wonderful lasting tribute to your father for the sacrifices of a true Air Force warrior. For it is because of families like yours that you can find a bit pride in tough times like now. Bitburg Families Forever. Gerald Christich Lt. Col USAF Ret.
wesley s crutchfield left a message on February 3, 2022:
I am so sorry to see about his passing. I was stationed with him in Germany. Prayers to the family.
Bruce M Leffel, Fmr. SSgt USAF, 53rd TFS, 36th OMS at Bitburg AB, Germany left a message on February 2, 2022:
My condolences to the family & friends of Col. Harry Spannaus, I remember Harry Spannaus very well. He was a Lt. Col. in the 22nd TFS and when they were taking us mechanics out of the fighter squadrons and creating the 36th OMS, he became our temporary squadron commander for a short time, before we had Lt. Col. Robert Turner. We were working a quick-turn exercise off the ramp out in front of the tower and my Dash-60 warning horn starting going off. The pilots I had didn’t like it, so I cut the horn wires down under by the left front wheel, which almost all units had been cut and spliced back together again, before. I was just trying to get the quick-turn out and back into the air. Well, the guy driving the expedite truck that brought out specialists happened to see me. He was an AGE mechanic under his normal duty and turned me in to his supervisor. The AGE people wanted to have me sent to Leavenworth as a communist traitor. Lt. Col. Spannaus, who didn’t even know me, took my side in the case and after looking into my history, told them they should not over discipline me because I was one of his best troops and if you start unjustly punishing your best, what have you got left. They made an arrangement where everyday for a week after I got off work, I had to go to the AGE shop and sand down new yellow Dash-60s that were coming over from the states, so they could be painted USAFE camouflage. That is what Lt. Col. Harry Spannaus did for me. Therefore, I have nothing but respect for him. He stood above the absurdity! God bless you Col. Spannaus and I hope to see you in “The Big Hangar In The Sky”. Enough Said, Bruce “The Sport” Leffel, Fmr. SSgt USAF, 53rd TFS, and 36th OMS F-4D Crew Chief Bitburg AB 1970=1973
Buddy Gillenwater left a message on February 1, 2022:
What a fine man. His legacy of service to others and community lives on through his family and friends.
Laura Covarrubias left a message on February 1, 2022:
The Brooks family will always treasure our memories of Harry -- so grateful for his life and the time we had with him. He resides in Glory today with his beloved Mary. What a fantastic life he had here on this earth! Till we meet again...
Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory left a message:
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