Lloyd Spencer

June 23, 1933January 15, 2019

Lloyd Russell “Buzz” Spencer , 85, of Columbus Indiana passed away on January 15, 2019 at Four Seasons Health Care. He was born June 23, 1933 in Patriot, Indiana to Raymond E. and Eloise (Spry) Spencer. He married the love of his life, Sue VanAntwerp Spencer in 1955 and cherished her for 64 years. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-law Ruth Ann (Howard) Nadel and brother Raymond F. Spencer. He is survived by his wife Sue, sister and brother-in-law Joyce (Max) Gill, and sister-in-law Jan Spencer; his children Diane (Mark) Carlson and David T.(Linda) Spencer II; five grandchildren: Karen (John) Dorcy, Mark (Stacie) Carlson II, Jenna, Luke (fiance Cassie), and Jack Spencer; three great-granddaughters: Olive and Etta Carlson and Natalie Dorcy; nieces, nephews and cousins. A graduate of Lawrenceburg High School, Lloyd played football at Franklin College and received his degree in drama. He was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. For two years, he was a Corporal in the U.S. Army at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri. He proudly served as a company clerk and skip chaser. After he finished college, Lloyd and Sue moved to Columbus Indiana where he began a career with WCSI radio as a DJ which was perfect for his great voice and personality. Lloyd used that charisma to build a successful career in sales and management for Johnson & Johnson and Searle/Monsanto in Detroit and Chicago. After retiring, Lloyd and Sue returned to Columbus. They became very involved at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation and at Franklin College. Lloyd continued to help others as a mentor to young entrepreneurs through his work with SCORE, as well as delivering Meals on Wheels. He was an avid sports fan and a photographer of nature. He and Sue enjoyed traveling and hiking all over the world. He will be remembered as a classy, loving man devoted to his family and friends and he will be dearly missed. Reverend Nic Cable will conduct a Celebration of Life on Sunday, January 20, at 2pm at the Four Seasons Chapel. Memorial contributions can be made to Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus Indiana, 7850 W. Goeller Rd. 47201, or to Franklin College, 101 Branigin Blvd. Franklin, IN 46131. Online condolences may be sent to the family at Arrangements were made by Myers~Reed Chapel on 25th Street.


  • Sue Spencer, Wife
  • Diane (Mark) Carlson, Daughter
  • David T. (Linda) Spencer, Son
  • Karen (John) Dorcy, Grandchild
  • Mark (Stacie) Carlson II, Grandchild
  • Jenna Spencer, Grandchild
  • Luke (fiance Cassie) Spencer, Grandchild
  • Jack Spencer, Grandchild
  • Also survived by 3 great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; cousins.

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus
  • Franklin College


  • Memorial Service Sunday, January 20, 2019

Lloyd Spencer

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Carol & Tom Vanover

January 18, 2019

Dear Sue, Diane, and David,
We know you are hurting, and that you have a big hole in your hearts. Cousin Lloyd was just the best, so animated, so full of life, and always fun to be with and around. He could light up a room just by his smile and laugh. We are hurting with you and feel a loss as well. Lloyd has gone to his final reward, and is at peace in eternity. Cherish your memories, and know that he is not far away from you.
Love, Carol & Tom

Ame O’Connor

January 17, 2019

Sue and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Lloyd from Four Seasons. I was a nurse there for 4 1/2 years and knew Lloyd from the first day he was admitted there. He overcame a lot during his first year there and he was most certainly my most beloved friend, favorite resident there. I enjoyed conversations with him, the stories he would tell, his easy smile and his quiet laughter. I always missed him and worried about him when I didn’t see him every morning. I left Four Seasons a year ago, but I came back and said hello to him a few times after I left. I would call him Lloydy Lloydy and he always knew who I was, even if he didn’t remember my name. He was loved by many and will be sorely missed. My heartfelt sympathies are with you and your family.