Spencer W. Burrell (1932 - 2012)

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CENTER POINT – Spencer W. Burrell, 80, died Sunday, Nov. 25, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City. He made his last fly over of Kinnick Stadium on his way to be with the Lord. Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Center Point United Methodist Church, Center Point, by Rev. Mike Ellson and Rev. Sheri Anderson. Family will greet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the church. Burial at Center Point Cemetery, Center Point. Military Honors will be conducted. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Center Point.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Burrell of Center Point; children, Ryan (Lori) Burrell of Winthrop and R. Shelly (Todd) Ramsey of Urbana; grandchildren, Nicole (Randy) Reck, Wade Burrell, Dylan Ramsey, Ty Ramsey and Jylian Ramsey; great-granddaughter, Piper Reck; siblings, Edward (Kathryn) Burrell of Lansdowne, Va., Richard (Judy) Burrell of Neenah, Wisc., Elnora Ritze of Center Point, and Lynnette Kisling of Glendale, Ariz.; many nieces and nephews; and a special daughter, Keiko of Japan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Lola (Wheeler) Burrell; son, Robin Burrell in 1981; brother, David; and sisters, Eudora, Barbara, Naomi and Wilhelmina.
Spencer was born on Nov. 20, 1932, in Urbana, son of Thomas and Lola Burrell. He served in the United States Navy Reserves from 1951-1952, then also in the United States Army from 1952-1960, where he served in the Korean Conflict. Spencer married Patricia Franck on Dec. 4, 1954, in Quasqueton. Spencer was a machinist at Farmstead for 39 years where he was a member of Local P3. He also worked as a maintenance supervisor at Living Center East. He was one of the founders of the Blue and White Pottery Collectors Club. Spencer was a member of the H.A.W.K. Wrestling Klub, Center Point Urbana Boosters and also a volunteer for the Center Point Fire and Ambulance Department. For over 35 years he operated the football clock for CPU -- a volunteer effort he thoroughly enjoyed.
He attended Kirkwood College and received and AA degree in Turf Management. At Kirkwood he developed an interest to plant and then plant some more.
Spencer enjoyed the Hawkeyes, Dubuque Spartans, New York Yankees, Center Point Urbana sports, playing cards, golfing and traveling. Spencer's family always came first, his grandchildren meant everything to him. He was a member of the Center Point United Methodist Church and the American Legion Dye Benion Post 297.
A memorial fund has been established in memory of Spencer.
Please sign the online guest book for Spencer at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Nov. 27 to Dec. 15, 2012
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