Published in York
Daily Record & York Dispatch on April 6, 2011
SPRING GARDEN TWP.
Donald G. Spencer, 83, of York, died at 6:35 p.m. Monday at his residence.
He was the husband of Norma Faye (Ely) Spencer. The couple celebrated
their 60th wedding anniversary on December 24, 2010.
Born September 9, 1927, in Pittsburgh, he was a son of the late Lloyd
G. and Helen E. (McElrath) Spencer. He moved to Warren, Ohio in 1930,
and graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 1945, where he earned
varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball, and track; and was
also a 1953 graduate of Hiram College in Ohio.
Mr. Spencer was a professional baseball player from 1945-1954 playing
for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Saint Louis Cardinal organization.
He played with minor league teams in Albany, N.Y., Salisbury, N.C., Ft.
Wayne, Ind., New Orleans, La., Davenport, Iowa, Lynchburg, Va., Rochester,
N.Y., Shreveport, LA, Columbus, OH, and Houston, Texas.
He came to York in June 1949 to play for the York White Roses where he
met his wife Norma. After his baseball career he joined his father-in-law
at the Ely Insurance Agency. He was a member of Saint Paul's Lutheran
Church and enjoyed many sports including bowling, golf, and handball.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Spencer is survived by his daughter, Carol
M. Sprigle, and her husband, Daniel, of York; a son, Steven L. Spencer,
and his wife, Kelly Moore-Spencer, of Red Lion; five grandchildren, Angela
M. Sprigle, Aleesha M. Spencer, Cody A. Spencer, Jennifer B. Donahue,
and Andrew L. Moore-Spencer; and a great-grandson, Jordan Nicoll.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Alan E. Spencer and a brother,
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Saint Paul's Lutheran
Church, 25 W. Springettsbury Ave., with his Pastor, The Rev. Stanley Reep,
officiating. Viewing will be 9 to 10 a.m.
Burial will be in Mount Rose Cemetery.
Kuhner Associates Funeral Directors, Inc., 863 S. George St., York, (the
former Hahn Home) is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice
Services of York, 540 S. George St., York, PA 17403; or to Saint Paul's
Lutheran Church, 25 W. Springettsbury Ave., York, PA 17403.A special thank
you to the VNA Hospice for their gentle loving care. Especially, Michelle,
Pam, Maggie, and Carla. KuhnerAssociates.com