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Ronald N. Spong, retired sheriff's deputy <br> Dec. 17, 1933 -- March 24, 2006

Ronald N. Spong of Grand Island, a retired sheriff's deputy, died Friday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda. He was 72.

The Buffalo native moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., in the early 1960s and returned to this area in 1964, going to work for Shanor Electric.

In 1972, he returned to Colorado Springs, where he became a deputy with the El Paso County Sheriff's Department. He was a training officer and helped develop several community programs.

Mr. Spong retired from the department in 1986, returned to this area and went back to work at Shanor Electric as a sales manager. In recent years, he was semiretired from Shanor.

Mr. Spong was active in Grand Island Lodge 180, Loyal Order of Moose, until his recent illness.

Survivors include his wife of 13 years, the former Marie DeMarti; three daughters, April Wyatt of Sterling, Va., Debbie Mayfield of Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Shellie of Casper, Wyo.; four sons, Perry Schultz of Wheatfield, Scott Schultz of North Tonawanda, Chuck of Colorado Springs and Rob of Desert Hot Springs, Calif.; a stepson, Michael Deneke of North Tonawanda; three brothers, James of Clarence, Brooks of West Seneca and Gary of Getzville; 15 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Elma.

[WINCHESTER]

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