|Irvin W. Spencer, 87, of 1651 Summit St, Galesburg, Ill. died at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, February 21, 2010 at Heartland Heath Care Center, Galesburg.
He was born on May 3, 1922 in the state of Wyoming to Garfield J. and Flora W. Seivers Spencer. He married Alice Lieber in Pineville, La. on April 23, 1943. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Steven (and Linda) Spencer of Bloomington, Ill. and Jeffrey (and Sandy) Spencer of Galesburg, a daughter, Deborah Pickett of Woodstock, Ill.; two brothers, Merle Spencer of Wheeler, Ore. and Stanley Spencer of Pendleton, Ore. six grandchildren, five step grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and three sisters.
Irv worked 20 years for CB&Q and Burlington Northern Railroad; he then worked 18 years as a Building Inspector for the City of Galesburg, retiring in 1987.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945 in the European Theater.
He was a 1940 graduate of Custer (S.D.) High School. He lived in Galesburg since the age of 20; before that he lived in Wyoming, Colorado and South Dakota.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was Past Master of Alpha Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and Past Watchman of Shepherds of the Bethel Shrine. He was a member of the Scottish Rite, Mohammed Shrine, and El Bon Shrine Club and was Past Patron of Galesburg Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association and a volunteer at Galesburg Cottage Hospital. Irv served with the Galesburg Emergency Police for 30 years.
Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 26, 2010 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel with Rev. Marilyn Anell officiating. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the chapel, where Masonic Rites will be conducted at 8 p.m. Burial will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens in Galesburg with Military Rites by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285.
Memorials may be made to Shriners Children's Hospitals, Masonic Charities, or First United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.