Francis "Babe" Spencer, 85, of Brazil, died at 11:56 a.m. Friday, Aug. 18, 2006, at St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis.
He was born Oct. 10, 1920, in Carbon, Ind., as the son of Charles H. and Gertrude Allen Spencer. Following high school he served in the Merchant Marines and then joined the U.S. Army and served during World War II with Company B 264th Medical Battalion where he participated in the New Guinea and Luzon battle campaigns in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre.
He married Bette Jean Harris Oct. 28, 1943, in Spencer, Ind. They were married for 62 years. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Brazil, Best Years Club, Carbon Masonic Lodge No. 529 F. & A.M. and Brazil Kiwanis where he had served as president and was recipient of the George E. Hixson Fellow award. He served his community as a member of the Brazil Planning Commission, Zoning Appeals Board, Brazil City Council for 12 years, Board of Works, Precinct Committeeman, and Calcutta Cemetery superintendent, secretary-treasurer and board member.
Babe was also a member of the YMCA Board of Directors where he had served as president, one of the founders of the Clay Youth League, and the VFW. Babe was a basketball and baseball youth coach for several years and was instrumental in teaching numerous Clay County youth to play and enjoy sports.
He was employed for two years at the steel factories in Northern Indiana and then worked at the Arketex Plant in Brazil before working for 30 years at Allison's as a machinist until his retirement in 1980.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bette Jean; two brothers, Harold and Charles Spencer; sister-in-law, Lucille Spencer and a nephew, Robert Spencer.
He is survived by one daughter, Joni Brown, and husband, Steve, of Brazil and two sons, Rick Spencer and wife, Marcia, of Valrico, Fla., and Randy Spencer and wife Robin of Brazil. He is also survived by grandchildren, Lindsey and Ryan Brown, Megan, Blake, Sara, Shauna, Samuel and Sheila Spencer; nieces, Barbara Cornellius and husband, Larry, and Sue Hannah and husband, Morris; sisters-in-law, Martha Spencer and Lula Mae Harris and brother-in-law, Wayne Harris and his wife, Imogene.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday at Moore Funeral Home with Masonic Memorial services at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday with Pastor Doug Parkey officiating. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery with Military Honors by VFW Post 1127 and American Legion Post 2.
Should friends so desire, expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Clay Youth Baseball League. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit www.moore-funeral-homes.com to send condolences to the family or for more information.