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Ronald Kenneth Spence


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Ronald Kenneth Spence Obituary

Ronald Kenneth Spence, 81, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on January 17th, 2016 in Gridley, CA, to be with the Lord in Heaven surrounded by his family and friends. Ron was born in Merced, CA to Jack and Susan Spence in 1934.

Ron was a proud member of the Marine Corps from 1957 to 1959 and stationed at Camp Pendleton.

Ron worked tirelessly for 50 years in the agricultural chemical field. He was last employed as operations manager by Big Valley Ag Services. He was a valued employee and greatly admired for his knowledge by his many customers.

After retirement he spent his time with his family and his beloved garden which flourished each year under his loving guidance. He loved sharing the fruits of his labor with his many friends. Ron also enjoyed feeding and watching the hummingbirds in the back yard, along with spending time with his pet dog, Itsy, and the many "adopted" pets brought home by his daughters.

Ron is survived by his loving wife Joyce, of 52 years; three children Jeff of Live Oak, Jeanette of Yuba City, and Kristen of Roseville, and 3 grandchildren Justin, Alexis, and Ashley. He is also survived by ten brothers and sisters and by 38 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Susan Spence, two sisters Jean and Freida and one brother, Allen.

His family was the most important thing in his life. He will be deeply missed, but not forgotten by those who knew him.

Services will take place in the gazebo at Gridley-Biggs Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2016 with a Celebration of Life at the Moose Lodge in Gridley immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions the , 1007 Live Oak Blvd., Suite 2, Yuba City, California, 95991.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Jan. 26, 2016
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