Rev. George J. Spencer

October 5, 1931April 4, 2018

Rev. George J. Spencer, age 86, of Penn Yan, New York passed away on Wednesday April 4, 2018. George was born October 5, 1931 in Dundee, New York to Alice G. Spencer and George G. Spencer.

He graduated from the old Penn Yan Academy Class of 1949. He attended Alfred University, Rhode Island University, and was ordained to ministry in Iowa by the Mid-American Baptist Churches. George gave 42 years to rural church ministry in ten different churches in five states.

George is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruth L. Spencer, son Jeremy (Susan) L. Spencer, son Jonathan M. Spencer, and daughter Sarah (Keith) L. Yoder, sister Mary Fullagar, brother Raymond (Johanna) Spencer and sister-in-law Sherry Spencer Pierce, grandchild Rachel (Derek) Deutmeyer, grandchild Ryan S. Yoder, grandchild Dan N. Spencer and grandchild Jon Y. Spencer.

George was predeceased by, mother Alice G. Spencer and father George G. Spencer, brother Howard Spencer, sister Ramona Spencer and brother John Spencer.

A memorial service for George will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Second Milo Baptist Church, Corner of 14A and Second Milo Rd., Penn Yan, New York. An interment will be at the convenience of his family at Second Milo Cemetery, Town of Milo, New York.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in George's memory may be made to Second Milo Baptist Church, c/o Treasurer Susan Gibson, 58 Water St., Dundee, New York 14837.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Spencer family.


  • Alice G. Spencer, Mother
  • George G. Spencer, Father
  • Ruth L. Spencer, Wife
  • Jeremy (Susan) L. Spencer, Son
  • Jonathan M. Spencer, Son
  • Sarah (Keith) L. Yoder, Daughter
  • Rachel (Derek) Deutmeyer, Grandchild
  • Ryan S. Yoder, Grandchild
  • Dan N. Spencer, Grandchild
  • Jon Y. Spencer, Grandchild
  • Mary Fullagar, Sister
  • Raymond (Johanna) Spencer, Brother
  • Sherry Spencer Pierce, Sister-in-law
  • Howard Spencer, Brother
  • Ramona Spencer, Sister
  • John Spencer, Brother
  • George is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

  • Second Milo Baptist Church


  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 14, 2018

Rev. George J. Spencer

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Bonnie Scott

April 8, 2018

Sending prayers to you Ruth, Jeremy, Jonathan & Sarah as you find peace in fond memories together! I will especially remember enjoying the Alaska trip and showing George how to play with his food....shelling crab legs. We talked about it a few times at special occasions at Jeremy & Susan's home. It was always a pleasure to share those occasions with him and the extended Spencer Family. Thank you for including us. Sincere Condolences, Fred, Bonnie & Keri Scott

Janice Bourne

April 8, 2018

Dear Ruth,

When I first arrived in Geneva as pastor I attended a ministers’ and spouses’ picnic at Keuka Lake State Park. Among those present was George. He was very quiet that day but I felt his gentle and kind nature without fail. Over the years, as I got to know you, Ruth, and your loving husband George, and as George gained strength, it was my honor to feel cared for and listened to with intent by him. He questioned my well being, his bright eyes alert and truly interested in me. When I married Malcolm he never failed to inquire about him or make Malcolm feel welcomed and wanted at events and meetings.

I could see the love between you and for your family, loved ones and friends. After all these years, you will miss George so much. I find that the memories of how much, and just how, Malcolm loved me is so very comforting that I am everlastingly grateful for his presence in my life. I hope and pray that the same may be true for you in the weeks and months and years that come.

Please give your children, and George’s other loved ones my condolences. Ask them to give you a long hug for me.

I will be back in town the end of April and hope to see you then.

God’s blessings, love, peace, and compassion follow you, Janice Bourne