William “Del” Spalsbury

November 05, 1926 ‒ May 16, 2017

Delaware, Ohio

William Adelbert (Del) Spalsbury, born November 5, 1926,  passed away at 2:50 am, May 16, 2017 after battling pneumonia and other health complications brought on by advanced age.  He was 90 years old.

 Del led a colorful life having been born and raised on Native (American) reservations in Kansas and North Carolina and living through The Great Depression, the youngest of five children.  He served during WWII and Korea and worked afterwards exploring for oil in Venezuela, Costa Rica and West Texas.  A stint as the editor of the Madison Press brought him and his family to London Ohio in 1966.  Later in his career he was the editor of 2 newspapers and a periodical for the Department of Defense (while employed by Battelle Memorial Institute).

 He had a passion for music and toured with the “big bands” after WWII.  He continued to play in swing and jazz groups all his life.  He also sang in church choir and barbershop quartets, played in London community play orchestras and the Battelle orchestra.  He was a graduate of the University of Kansas with a BS in Geology.   He met his wife of 58 years, Billie, at KU through the music program (where he also played in the marching band).

Del served his community through Lions Club, Mission Council at church and London Athletic Boosters, among other groups.  He was also a gifted photographer.

 He is survived by his wife; daughter Jill; sons Eric (Mona) and Todd (Erin); granddaughters Jessica, Alanna, and Paige; and grandsons Nick and Hunter.  He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters and his son in law.

 A kinder, more interesting man you will never meet.   We all will miss him.

 A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church on 6/3/17 at 1:00 p.m. in London, Ohio. Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Spalsbury family. Memories may be shared and condolences expressed at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Eric, Mona and family, I am so sorry to hear about Del’s passing. I am also just glad that I happened to pick up the paper and notice it. Del was a great man and lots of fun to be around. It’s probably been 30 years or more since I have seen him from our Battelle days, and usually it was started out with the 3 of us in the Itek room and soon turned into a small handful of friends joking about one thing or the other! He certainly had many friends and a full life of happiness and will be missed by all who had the privilege of meeting him. The Spalsbury name still comes up around my house on occasion but then that’s another story : )
    Please get in touch thru email and we can share more great stories!
    Your old pal

  • Todd,
    So sorry for your loss. He had a very interesting life. Fred and Sharon

  • Eric, read of you fathers passing and just wanted to reach out and express my condolences. My father would have been 90 this year as well. Sounds like your dad had a zest for life and never met a stranger. My thoughts are with you and your family. Respectfully, Jeff Lyon