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Memorial Service Saturday for 'Chuck' 'Bill' William Spencer

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“Chuck” “Bill” 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 Felicity.

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 officiating.

The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

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 choice.

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Posted 1/5/2017




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