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Kaul Funeral Home

35201 Garfield Rd, Clinton Township, MI

OBITUARY

Spencer D. Rocho

March 3, 1997February 10, 2020
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Spencer Davis Rocho was born March 3rd, 1997 in Detroit, MI. He died on February 10th, 2020. Going on before him were his Grandpa Vic, his Grandma Jack, and his Gramma Jeanne. Spencer was survived by his best friend and sister, Katherine, his bro-skis Charlie and Henry, his parents, David and Jennifer, his Grandparents J. Thomas Gould and Susan and W. Lea Powell IV along with 17 uncles and aunts and 18 cousins. But he was so much more than that!

Spencer has been mobile from birth living in six places before he was six years old including his favorite, Kenya (yes, East Africa), where he was fond of wearing flip flops, chasing wizards (lizards), dodging mambas, and learning the fine art of swearing like a sailor (no offense to the Navy guys) from his 17 big brothers at Baraka School.

Spencer was active in the Boy Scouts of America where he worked hard to develop his leadership skills, was honored to be both assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader, attended the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and participated in many other camping weekends, completed his Eagle project, and attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the scouts’ highest honor – just under the wire of his 18th birthday.

He proclaimed, at six years old, that he wanted to join the Army; it was his sincere desire to protect his country (and shoot guns). His seemingly singular focus resulted in dedication to his studies at Grosse Pointe North High School and his fully qualified run up to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Not to be dissuaded by their foolish decision to invite only 1,000 cadets out of the over 30,000 applicants, Spencer enlisted in the US Army at 18 years old and continued his pursuit as a soldier in the 75th Ranger Regiment serving two tours in Afghanistan. He found it difficult to believe that he was jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. More. than. once.

Spencer played baseball through the lazy days of summer in the Harper Woods Little League and played Lacrosse as a Norseman at GPN to attain his varsity letter for West Point qualification. He was the leader of a small group of fourth and fifth grade young men at Grace Community Church and was passionate about serving faithfully as a reading mentor for Soar Detroit. Spencer was always an amazing giver of gifts, which you know if you were ever on the receiving end of his generosity. This young man would go to the ends of the earth for you (quite literally). Spencer was willing to give his life in the service of his country, its citizens, and you.

In his final days, living and working in Savannah, GA near Hunter Army Airfield where he was stationed, Spencer struggled to reconcile his service experiences – the things he saw, the things he heard, the things he did – with who he was as a leader and a great man of God, and like so many of his peers, ultimately bought into the lie that he had to figure things out on his own. The failure to do that resulted in a tragic conclusion to a life full of laughs, love, kindness, sacrifice and adventure. Bravely going “there” when lesser men did not is the legacy of his short life, well lived.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Visitation Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 15, 2020

Memories

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Steven Buckman

February 15, 2020

I met Spencer when my son, James, joined Troop 209 in 2010. He distinguished himself early on through his kindness and having an easy-going personality. In Summer of 2012, I went with him, as a part of a trek crew from Troop 209 to Philmont Scout Ranch where I watched Spencer lead our crew of 12 as our Trek Leader through about 56 miles of backcountry hiking. Spencer always exhibited calm confidence in leadership situations, even when we found her self in a very active lightning storm with little cover that we had to write out for a half an hour. He was always someone who people could look to for leadership. Later, he was elected senior patrol leader (main youth leader) of the troop. As his scoutmaster, I often talked with him about his plans, his personal goals and the vision for his fellow youth. It has been an honor to have gotten to know Spencer and to see him develop as an outstanding young man and citizen. I am better today for having known Spencer.

Daniel Nikolai

February 14, 2020

Truly a brother from another mother. Our friendship started at birth and spanned all the way through high school. Whether it be through school, church, social events, scouts, or even work, rarely a week passed where we didn't interact in some way or another. We spent summers fishing off the pier up in Caseville (and even caught a couple fish), weekends camping all year round for over 7 years while in the boy scouts, and even spent multiple summers working together every day. He was my best friend for years, and always someone that had my back.

We shared more memories than I could even begin to recall. But a highlight would be our time in scouting together, eventually ending with both of us achieving the rank of Eagle (as we had planned on 7 years prior) and leading our troop of 40+ scouts through various camping trips and events. I also fondly remember the weeks we spent up north as kids. We chopped down trees, built forts, swam in the lake, dug holes, and simply enjoyed life.

He was a wonderful example of discipline, humility, leadership, and loyalty. On top of these things, he always had a smile on his face. You will truly be missed brother.

Daniel Nikolai

February 14, 2020

Spencer and I standing side by side at our Boy Scout Eagle Court of Honor.

Penny Stocks

February 14, 2020

I just learned of your sad passing and my heart is breaking for you and your family. I remember how much your brothers loved and worshiped you. They were so excited when you came to Poupard and surprised them. I thank you for all the good you did on your very short time on earth and for serving your country in such a bad time. I know you are with God and I pray for your heartbroken family.

Angela Jaqua

February 14, 2020

I was at the hospital the day you were born. I am joyful & humbled to be of some help this past week.
God put us in the same city, at the same time, for a reason I may never understand. I look forward to the day we can share a sweet tea and talk all about His wonderous ways. Rest easy dear boy, until we meet again.

Debbie Babcock

February 14, 2020

I primarily knew Spencer in his younger years and will never forget him and his sister, Katie, (aka Katydid) when they romped around the landscape of a Kenyan school where they lived for a few years. I was part of the Grace Missions team that went to visit and support two church families —the Rochos and Krolls—that went there to live and work teaching children and showing the love of God. It was actually around this time in 2001.

Spencer had no fear! He ran and played in flip flops in areas that not many of us would dare to go due to wildlife, rough terrain, bugs and other creatures. The school itself was in the middle of nowhere and when Spencer and Katie were not in class with the other kids, they were out and about climbing trees, walking by the river, etc., occasionally reporting in so their parents would know they were OK. They were both the two cutest kids you’d ever want to know and were beloved by all. From all I’ve read, Spencer grew up to be an amazing man, son, brother, grandson, nephew, friend and soldier. May God now be with Spencer and offer comfort to him and all those missing him.

Laurie Ogilvie

February 13, 2020

I remember your smiling face the first time we came to the Troop. Later on , I began to know you as a great leader, a kind young man, who was a great mentor for the scouts in the Troop. In which , your leadership and dedication to your fellow scouts helped them to strive for Eagle. You will always be in my thoughts and I will miss you dearly Spencer. RIP Spencer until we meet again. Love Mrs. Ogilvie

Connor McBain

February 13, 2020

I knew Spencer for a huge chunk of my adolescence through Boy Scouts. Out of all our leaders he always had a unique profound effect on me, he had such a zest for being a good person and helping others. He was funny, kind, intelligent, and seemed to always know just what to do. The world will be forever a darker place without him. In recent months I had thought about recontacting Spencer and catching up, but always talked myself out of it for some reason. I wanted to let him know how cool of a guy he was and a great role model for young men and all people alike. He will he greatly missed and my deepest condolences to his loved ones and family. I consider myself lucky getting to meet a kind soul like him.

Jessica Cichocki

February 13, 2020

Spencer impacted many lives, two of those were my boys, Alek and Nathaniel. Spencer served as their small group leader when they were in fourth and fifth grade. We felt blessed to have such an outstanding young man pouring into our boys. They really enjoyed that small group. Today they serve as small group leaders to fourth and fifth graders because of leaders like Spencer that were an example to them. My heart is broken over this loss. We are praying for you.

Bryan Salisbury

February 12, 2020

Spencer was a fine young man that had a way of making people feel special and always had a great attitude in any situation. You would meet him for 5 minutes and think you knew him for years. I still remember when my oldest son attended his first summer camp with the troop. He was nervous and did not know what to expect. I drove 4 of the boys Spencer, James, Daniel and Justin to camp that day. They had an absolute blast and my son thought he was "one of the guys" hanging with them. Spencer helped him along and in short time was fitting right in.
He is forever in our hearts and memories and I am thankful for that day.

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Biography

Spencer Davis Rocho was born March 3rd, 1997 in Detroit, MI. He died on February 10th, 2020. Going on before him were his Grandpa Vic, his Grandma Jack, and his Gramma Jeanne. Spencer was survived by his best friend and sister, Katherine, his bro-skis Charlie and Henry, his parents, David and Jennifer, his Grandparents J. Thomas Gould and Susan and W. Lea Powell IV along with 17 uncles and aunts and 18 cousins. But he was so much more than that!

Spencer has been mobile from birth living in six places before he was six years old including his favorite, Kenya (yes, East Africa), where he was fond of wearing flip flops, chasing wizards (lizards), dodging mambas, and learning the fine art of swearing like a sailor (no offense to the Navy guys) from his 17 big brothers at Baraka School.

Spencer was active in the Boy Scouts of America where he worked hard to develop his leadership skills, was honored to be both assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader, attended the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and participated in many other camping weekends, completed his Eagle project, and attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the scouts’ highest honor – just under the wire of his 18th birthday.

He proclaimed, at six years old, that he wanted to join the Army; it was his sincere desire to protect his country (and shoot guns). His seemingly singular focus resulted in dedication to his studies at Grosse Pointe North High School and his fully qualified run up to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Not to be dissuaded by their foolish decision to invite only 1,000 cadets out of the over 30,000 applicants, Spencer enlisted in the US Army at 18 years old and continued his pursuit as a soldier in the 75th Ranger Regiment serving two tours in Afghanistan. He found it difficult to believe that he was jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. More. than. once.

Spencer played baseball through the lazy days of summer in the Harper Woods Little League and played Lacrosse as a Norseman at GPN to attain his varsity letter for West Point qualification. He was the leader of a small group of fourth and fifth grade young men at Grace Community Church and was passionate about serving faithfully as a reading mentor for Soar Detroit. Spencer was always an amazing giver of gifts, which you know if you were ever on the receiving end of his generosity. This young man would go to the ends of the earth for you (quite literally). Spencer was willing to give his life in the service of his country, its citizens, and you.

In his final days, living and working in Savannah, GA near Hunter Army Airfield where he was stationed, Spencer struggled to reconcile his service experiences – the things he saw, the things he heard, the things he did – with who he was as a leader and a great man of God, and like so many of his peers, ultimately bought into the lie that he had to figure things out on his own. The failure to do that resulted in a tragic conclusion to a life full of laughs, love, kindness, sacrifice and adventure. Bravely going “there” when lesser men did not is the legacy of his short life, well lived.