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Steven Edward Spencer, age 69, of rural Osceola, Missouri, passed away at his home on September 7, 2014, and went home to be with his Lord. Steve was born on September 21, 1944, in Independence, Missouri. He was the oldest son of Edward and Cleo (Vickers) Spencer.
Steve graduated from El Dorado Springs R-2 High School in 1962. He married Judy Kay Hays on September 18, 1965. They had three children: Julie, Randy and Lisa.
In 1966 Steve was called into the U.S. Army where he served at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Fort Bliss, Texas, Fort Aberdeen, Maryland, and then Korea. Steve was a proud soldier and veteran. He was a member of the American Legion Post 0618 in Osceola, Missouri. After leaving the Army in 1968, Steve went to work for Sac Osage Rural Electric Cooperative where he worked 25 years until his retirement.
Family and friends were very important to Steve. He loved spending time with his wife, kids, grandkids, and great-grand kids. Steve especially loved playing music with his family and friends, hosting many music parties. Steve was an avid fisherman and loved to hunt. However most of the time you could find Steve tinkering around on one of his many projects around the farm. He loved to build and fix things!
Steve struggled with his health the past few years, but he never let it slow him down. During one of his many hospital stays, Steve came to know the Lord and was ready when he was called home.
Steve was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Kay Spencer; his parents, Edward and Cleo Spencer; his stepmother, Clara Jane (Lindsey) Spencer; stepsister, Cheryl Matthews Spencer; stepbrother, Weldon Lindell White; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Survivors include his three children: Julie Kay Dill and husband Jerry; Randy Edward Spencer and companion Andrena; and Lisa Frances Sommer and husband Gary; six grandchildren who will miss him greatly: Amy Marie Biggerstaff and husband Luke; Ashley Nicole Toms and husband Jason; Anthony (Buddy) Steven Dill; Kayla Dawn Cumpton and husband Kyle; Zackary Paul Sommer; and Maranda Kay Spencer. Steve enjoyed his five great-grandchildren: Emmagail Marie Biggerstaff, Ella Rose Biggerstaff, Jaylin Nicole Toms, Jaxson Allan Toms, and Gunnar William Biggerstaff. Steve is also survived by one brother, Harold Ray Spencer and wife Glenda; two sisters: Joanne Francis Sumner and husband Charles and Vickie Lea Hensley and husband Marvin; three stepbrothers: Wayne White; Gerald Matthews and wife Mary Ann; and Darrell Mathews; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Steve was a kind-hearted man who would do whatever he could to help anyone through a struggle. He was a loving husband, father, PaPa, and G-Pa. We will miss him dearly—but know that Steve and Judy are back together in heaven.
Services for Steve Spencer will be held Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 11:00 am at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home, with a visitation from 10:00 am until service time. Rev. Larry Sherman and Bill Snider will officiate. Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are: Randy Spencer, Jerry Dill, Gary Sommer, Buddy Dill, Zack Sommer, and Ray Spencer. Honorary pallbearers are: Luke Biggerstaff, Jason Toms, Kyle Cumpton, Glen Hays, Marvin Hensley, Charles Sumner, and Charlie Brown.