Leon F. Spencer

August 17, 1935September 9, 2020
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Leon F. Spencer, 85, passed away September 9, 2020 in Arlington, TX. He was born on August 17, 1935 in Hannibal, Missouri to Eugene Patrick Spencer and Agnes Isabell Evans. Leon graduated from McCooey High School. He grew up next door to Beverly Jean Hagan and they started dating his senior year and married September 26, 1959.

Leon enlisted in the USAF (United States Air Force) in June of 1954. He retired from the United States Air Force in July of 1974. After leaving the Air Force for 5 years, he went back to work for the Department of Justice and Department of Labor, retiring again from the U.S. Government. He enjoyed fishing and camping and family gatherings. He was a warm, outgoing, and compassionate person and a loving Father, Grandpa, and Great Grandpa.

Leon is survived by his sister Dorothy Ellen Bastean, children Patrick Allen and wife Tammy Marie, Victoria Lynne Spencer, Scott Eric and wife Paula; Grandchildren – Tasha Nikl, Sondra Arroyo, Tiffany Mayberry, Allen Patrick Spencer, Scott Eric Spencer II and Nicholas Paul Spencer, Scott and Eric; Great-grandchildren – Kalli Arroyo, Kelsey Arroyo, Nathan Nikl, and Katelyn Nikl.


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, September 17, 2020

  • Burial

    Friday, September 18, 2020


Leon F. Spencer

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Dorothy Spencer

September 25, 2020

Tho we had our beautiful life, it lasted a brief time. Leon and I lived at a distance We were neighbors even schools at the same times. He joined the Air Force After High School, McCooey School, in Hannibal, Mo. For Years I asked about his life.
No one seemed to know.
A friend my answer, his remember from school, and wanted to see me, in 3 days we decided to marry, thought he was joking, God knew exactly what we needed, and we walked on air. A brother of Leon's was in Hannibal's Hospital, and died the next day.
I joined the sorrow, both families had familiar friends in the church. Moments will remain forever!
There was a mix, beautiful! We visited relatives and friends to meet as we knocked doors and introduced, many of each made new friends. Bless and happy. Introducing to our favorites
I have soooo many beautiful memories to keep, amazing. My beautiful husband and all the love we have cannot be taken away.
Those memories live with us forever, both couples and will remember forever.
Both myself and the other couples cannot can and never
Walking on air we started to make plans and shared with friends, both Texas , Ill. & Mo.

Jeff Kirk

September 17, 2020

About ten years ago I attended a renewal weekend at St. Michael the Archangel church where I met Leon who was also there in attendance. Following that weekend, our group spent time together as a team over several months in preparation to conduct the next Christ Renews His Parish renewal. Leon was such a quiet, humble, and loving man on our team and it was such a blessing to know him and spend time with him. His participation helped to reconnect many men to the love of our Lord. It brings comfort to know that Leon loved Christ and is now with Him in peace.

Tiffany Mayberry

September 15, 2020

Paul Swatek

September 14, 2020

Leon was a CRHP brother. He and Beverly were great friends. We could always count on him to be there
God bless Leon and Beverly as they share their eternity together.

Daniel Young

September 14, 2020

My brothers, sister and I grew up hearing wonderful stories from our Mother, Dorothy (nee Franklin) about the circle of friends at McCooey High School, and Corky was very often a key player. Even thru our adult lives his name would come up in more stories or casual conversation between our Mother and Father or our Mother and her sisters. So it was like meeting an old dear friend when I first met Corky in person, visiting with our Mother in my Bucks County, PA home in early 2016. I will not forget; he stood as tall as he possibly could and offered a strong handshake, "Leon Spencer". His smile and the conversation that followed seemed to come from a place where one of those stories had paused. I found it both amazing and not at all surprising that Leon and my Mother had reconnected. Surely they provided comfort to each other when they married after having both lost their spouses. Corky has certainly left a mark on the Earth and in so many lives, he will be missed dearly.

Trish Walker

September 12, 2020

I met Cork when Bev and I sang together and quickly became best friends for more than 30 years. He always made me feel like family. I know he's found a good fishing spot and I see them smiling together again.

Anita Barnhouse

September 12, 2020

Thank you for loving my daughter, Deborah Barnhouse, and for the foundation you instilled in her when she was an infant. You and Bev were true grandparents to Deborah.
She knew what it was like to have grandparents who truly loved her.
I have known you for about 40 years, and I thank God for our paths crossing .
First, you were my customer at WinnDixie, then we became family.
You’ll never know how much you meant to me.
Until we meet again in Heaven, I can cherish the memories.
One thing I remember most, is when I dropped Deborah off in the mornings, she would go running to you with outstretched arms. And that beautiful smile on your face and your eyes sparkle.
When I would come to get her,
She would say,
I want to stay with Papa Cork.
These memories I will cherish.
Thank you so much.
I love you.

Marcia Nikl

September 12, 2020

so sorry for your loss, Corky was a great family man who always looked out for his family and adored all his grankids and great grandkids.
He is no longer suffering in pain and has been reunited with the love of his life, Bev.
God bless you all as you remember the sweet memories with your dad, grand dad, and friend.


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