The Obit For Donald Spencer

Donald Spencer

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, Charles Spencer.

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.