Richard D. Spencer
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Ft. Campbell, KY - W01 Richard D. Spencer passed away unexpectedly on October 24, 2012 while serving on active duty with the US Army stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY.
He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Laura (Trosper) Spencer and two children, Austin (14) and Emma Grace (12). Richard is also survived by his parents, Dale and Linda Spencer, and two sisters, Beth Bolser and Sheryl Spencer, all of Danville, IL.
Richard was a devoted husband and father, sacrificing much in order to provide for his wife and children. His children were his world and he was full of pride in all that they did. They remain the best part of him.
Richard served 15 years and 4 months with the US Army. He graduated from Warrant Officer Candidate School in Ft Rucker, AL in June of 2012. Chief Spencer's deployments included a 2010 deployment to Afghanistan, two deployments to Iraq in 2008 and 2005, A NATO peace keeping mission to Bosnia in 2002, and a tour in Korea in 1994. Among Chief Spencer's awards included 2 bronze stars, a combat arms badge for receiving enemy fire while deployed to Iraq, and multiple commendations for his service to the Army. Chief Spencer's peers knew him as the ultimate professional Soldier. He was known for his dependability to get any job done with the highest standards, and often mentored other Soldiers.
Richard's wife and children would appreciate any thoughts and prayers over the next several months and years as they navigate this new life without him. He was a great source of laughter and love to them. Life will never be the same.
A service will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home in Danville, IL. Burial will follow at Danville National Cemetery, where full military honors will be held. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30th, also at Sunset in Danville.
Donations may be made in honor of Richard to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors at www.taps.org; a program that supports families of fallen Soldiers through peer mentorship, grief counseling, and survivor benefits assistance.
Please join Richard's family in sharing memories, photos, and video of his life through his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.
Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 North Vermilion Street, Danville, IL (217) 442-2874.
Published in The Leaf Chronicle on Oct. 30, 2012