J. Nicholas Spencer
January 8, 1935 – January 7, 2020
Spencer, James Nicholas Bishop “Nick”, 84 of Mission Viejo passed away on January 7, 2020. Nick was born January 8, 1935 in West Lafayette, Indiana. He received a Chemistry degree from Purdue University. While at Purdue he was a member of the track team and Sigma Chi fraternity. He later received his MBA from Indiana University. After college he served his country in the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah. While stationed there he met his future wife Ruthanne Nebeker. He married Ruthanne in Green River, Wyoming in 1960. Nick started his career at Hercules Inc. in their Missile and Rocket Division. He later helped start their Advanced Composites Division. He spent over 40 years in Advanced Composites. He was considered an expert in the industry and later created his own consulting firm, Pan American Composites. Nick enjoyed horseback riding and hunting at the family ranch, skiing, soccer, golf and coaching his sons in various sports. Nick was preceded in death by his wife, Ruthanne. He is survived by his sons, John (Laura), James and Christopher (Jennifer); brother Tom; and five grandkids, Laurie, Spencer, Hannah, George and Vivian. A family service was held January 21st at Pacific View Memorial Park.