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Harry G. Spencer dies at age 90

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Harry G. Spencer, 90, of Lebanon, Indiana, passed away peacefully to be with the Lord and his loved ones in Heaven on Sunday, August 31, 2014.

He and his wife, the late Barbara Cooley, were happily married for over 60 years and raised three children, Carolyn (Douglas) Hren, Richard (Marcy) Spencer, and Beverly (Christian) Litscher. They had seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Harry was born in Baltimore, Maryland on August 10, 1924 to Edward L. and F. Louise Spencer. He remained in the Baltimore area until he graduated from high school when he answered his nation’s call by enlisting in the U.S. Army during one of the most critical periods in our country’s history. He was stationed at Pearl Harbor after the devastating attack in 1941. He served as a radio operator and, to his credit, was the soldier who decrypted and relayed the message to the Base Commander that the allies had won the war. Harry’s military service was extended when he was called back from the reserves to help serve in the Korean War.

Harry was employed by Bethlehem Steel in Burns Harbor, Indiana, for 35 years before retiring to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. While there he was active in his church, the Hot Springs food pantry and also the local Kiwanis Club, who bestowed upon him the Tablet of Honor, Kiwanis’s highest award for service.

The Spencers moved to the Lebanon area in 2002, to be closer to family. Harry loved his church and Sunday School class and spent many happy hours in his woodworking shop making crosses to give to his many friends and family. He was a loving and honorable man and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

In accordance to his wishes, there will be no services.

Strawymer and Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon, IN is in charge of his arrangements. You are invited to visit the website where you may sign his online register and leave a personal message. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church, 207 E. Washington St., Lebanon, IN 46052.




Posted 9/9/2014