Robert L. Spencer
August 6, 1927 – March 18, 2020
Robert L. Spencer, 92, of Springfield, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Villa Health Care Center East in Sherman, IL.
He was born on August 6, 1927 in Roodhouse, IL, the son of the late William E. and Mildred V. (Jouett) Spencer. He married Audrey Bruce on August 29, 1945 and she preceded him in death on October 22, 2006. He later married Vickie L. Brothers in November of 2007 and she preceded him in death in January of 2019.
Robert owned and operated his own farm. He also worked for the Illinois Department of Mental Health at McFarland for 23 years, retiring in 1987. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. Robert was a member of the American Legion Post 32, a life member of the Kiwanis Club serving as Past Lt. Governor, was a charter member of the Friends of the Prairie Stars, member of UIS Sports Hall of Fame, and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.
He is survived by his 3 children, Robert B. (Cathy) Spencer of Pleasant Plains, IL, Linda (David) Cooper of Browns Mills, NJ, and Patricia (Joseph) Hochdoerfer of Troy, Ohio; 5 grandchildren, Paul (Julie) Cooper, Laurel (Rocky) Hall, Lisa Hauer, Adam (Rachel) Spencer, and Amy (Nick) Kroeger; 3 great-grandchildren; special nephew Brad (Jill) Menezes; special grand-nieces, Sarah (Drew) Halter, Samantha Menezes, and Stephanie Menezes.
Besides his parents and his wife Audrey and his 2 nd wife Vickie, he was preceded in death by 2 grandchildren, Patrick Hodgson and Errol Cooper, and 3 siblings, William Spencer, Rosemary Murgatroyd, and Guy Spencer.
Services are under the direction of Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 E. Allen, Springfield. Friends may come to the funeral home to pay their respects on Thursday, March 26, 2020 from 9 am until 11 am. In light of recent events, the family will not be present at that time. Private family services will be held with burial at Camp Butler National Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to UIS Mens Soccer/UIF and STL Cardinals Care.
Please visit the online obituary at www.bischandsonfuneralhome.com where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.
- Calling Hours Thursday, March 26, 2020
Robert L. Spencer
March 28, 2020
As my wife, Susan, posted, we knew Bob many years ago through Kiwanis. The young guys in the club called him "Smilin' Bob" as he always came to meetings in a wonderful mood.
Bob was a role model for me in my young adult professional years. As Susan mentioned, our son's middle name is Spencer - out of respect for Bob. He was one of the finest men I have ever known.
March 24, 2020
Bruce & Family -
So sorry for your loss. Although I never met Robert Sr., I have enjoyed reading about his life and how much of a positive impact he has had on others. May good memories comfort your hearts.
Laura & Marc Ryan
March 21, 2020
I knew Bob and Audrey and Vicki from Springfield Kiwanis. My husband and I always thought so highly of him that our son, Richard Spencer is named after him. He was a kind and loving man.
March 21, 2020
I had the pleasure of working with Bob for many years when he worked for the State Mental Health Department as the Business Administrator at McFarland Mental Health Center. Bob was always honest, forthright and helpful in his words and actions with myself and my coworkers. He was very deliberate and a welcomed voice of reason in all our interactions and was a pleasure to work with. I know it is an old cliche' but "they don't make them like him anymore".