William Spencer, age 90 of Chesterton, IN, passed away on Monday, January 2,
2017, at Porter Regional Hospital.
He was born on
October 14, 1926, in Chicago, IL, to Charles Henry and Mary Crimp Spencer,
both of whom preceded him in death.
On June 28, 1959,
he married Marilyn Pumfery of Covert, MI, who survives in Chesterton.
He is also survived
by his children: Jennifer (Ted) Meert of Mishawaka, IN, Stephen (Ellen)
Spencer of Indianapolis, IN, and Mary (Michael) Gardea of Apache Junction,
AZ; his seven grandchildren: Audrey, Mary, Elizabeth, Jeremiah, Michelle,
Aaron, and Spencer; and three great-grandchildren: Theo, Darby, and
He is also preceded
in death by his sister, Mary.
He was a graduate
of Illinois University and was a registered architect, most recently with
Fred Collins Architects of Hobart, Indiana.
Bill proudly served
during WWII in the Army Airforce. He was a longtime member of the Chesterton
United Methodist Church. Ecology was very important to him, and he was an
avid supporter of the Save the Dunes. He was also a member of the Izaak
Walton League. Bill sang with the Swedish Choral Club in Chicago, performing
in concerts at Orchestra Hall with members of the Chicago Symphony. He also
went to Washington, DC to testify in front of the Department of the Interior
subcommittee for establishing the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. He loved
hiking, canoeing, and camping, and did so in forty-six states.
A memorial service
will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 11 a.m., at White-Love Funeral
Home, 525 South Second Street, Chesterton, with Pastor Cathy Allison
The family will
receive friends on Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service at the funeral
In lieu of flowers,
memorial donations may be given to Save the Dunes, 444 Barker Road, Michigan
City, IN, 46360, The Izaak Walton League, 1532 East Main Street, Griffith,
IN, 46319, the Love Cares Fund at the Chesterton United Methodist Church,
434 South Second Street, Chesterton, IN, 46304, or to a charity of your
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