Albert Benjamin (Ab) Spencer. 92, passed away at home surrounded by family on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020.
Born on March 5, 1928, in Dederick the son of Charles and Susie Mae (West) Spencer, he was a lifelong resident of Vernon County. He grew up working the farm with his father and brothers. He attended a rural one-room country school through the eighth grade.
In 1946, at 18 years old, he joined the Navy. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and honorably discharged in 1948.
After serving in the Navy, Albert married Minnie Alice (Litle) on April 1, 1950, and worked in the local shoe factory and then retired from Witt’s Printing Company. After retiring he worked as a repairman on small engines, lawn mowers and chainsaws.
Ab was quiet, shy and a man of very few words, but he was industrious, hardworking, gifted in woodwork and had a unique and natural talent to repair guns and clocks. He found joy in providing for his wife, Minnie, and five daughters.
Ab was an enthusiastic gardener. You would be hard pressed to find a weed in his garden and he grew and sold the best watermelons and strawberries around. He was an all around sportsman enjoying deer and squirrel hunting, fishing and running his hounds for coyote. He also enjoyed the thrill of wheeling and dealing for a good trade or at an auction.
Ab was preceded in death by his loving wife; Minnie, and daughter, Martha Jean Grider; brothers – Lee, Joe, Jimmie, Bill, Charles and Dewey; and sister Viola. He is survived by daughters, Rebecca, Lena, Alice, and Nancy; 12 grandchildren; 44 great – grandchildren, 20 great – great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.
A funeral service with Military Honors was held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada, MO with Jamie Kunkel officiating. Interment followed in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Dederick, weather permitting.
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