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Obituaries

April 14, 2014

Richard Spencer

ALBIA — Richard “Dick” Carl Spencer, 86, of Albia, died April 13, 2014, at Oakwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Albia.

Dick was born Dec. 14, 1927, to John Earl and Wreatha (Pence) Spencer south of Albia in Hilton. He married JoAnn Curtis on Oct. 30, 1955, at the Christian Church in Ottumwa. They shared 55 years of marriage together before her passing on Feb. 18, 2011.

Dick graduated from Albia High School in 1948. He owned and operated Spencer Dairy and did contract work for Wapello Dairy until they closed in the early 1970s. He then worked for Meadow Gold until 1977 when he was in an automobile accident but still helped on the family farm.

Dick was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Albia, was on the Monroe County Fair Board and was past president of the Albia Booster Club. He was very involved with William Penn University and even helped drive the bus for the girls’ basketball team for many years. He enjoyed coaching Little League baseball, farming, working and having coffee with the boys at Hardee’s. He also loved spending time with his family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dick is survived by two sons, Dr. Richard (Laurie) Spencer of Osceola and Ron (Sandy) Spencer of Albia; five grandchildren, John (Emily) Spencer of Albia, Stacy (Tim) Haas of Albia, Catherine (Zach) Reinhart of Ames, Amy (Rob) Attridge of Durrus, Ireland, and Richard Dean Spencer of Ames; three great-grandchildren, Case Spencer, Katie Haas and Eloise Reinhart; three siblings, Rosemary Thomas of Houston, Texas, Coach Bob (Pat) Spencer of Des Moines and Carol (Jack) Maberry of Bella Vista, Ark.; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and good friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and a sister, Earlene Davis.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Albia; Pastor Neil Montz officiating. Inurnment will be in Oak View Cemetery in Albia.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Tharp Funeral Home in Albia with the family present from 5-8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Monroe County Fair Grounds.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.tharpfh.com.

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