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Spence James Howard Spence, born October 24, 1940 to Thelma and Howard Spence, died on May 29, 2017. He graduated from Groveport Madison High School in 1958. He received a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Business from Franklin University in 1978. Jim was a musician at heart and an accomplished flutist. He performed with the All Ohio Boys Band several years at the Ohio State Fair in the 1950's and was later selected as a member of the U.S. Navy Show Band. Jim was stationed in Japan with the Navy, playing as a member of the band and studying recording engineering. He spoke Japanese and adored the landscape of Japan and its culture while he was there. After his assignment in Japan, Jim continued his recording engineering career and his love of music. He also started his own company that encompassed historical presenters, including Jim, who would present highlights in American History across the country. He is survived by his wife, Judith; his children, Chris and Num Spence, Tiffany and John Meyers, and Sean and Robin Spence; his grandchildren, Alexis and Roman White, Austin and Josh Gorski, Ava and Carter Spence; and great grandson Grant White. Friends may visit Thursday from 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. at THE SPENCE-MILLER FUNERAL HOME, 2697 Columbus Street, Grove City, Ohio, where funeral will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday. Interment will follow at Carroll Cemetery. A special thank you to the Senior Home Choice staff for their exceptional care. Also, loving thanks to Barbara and Robert Kimball and Charlotte Boggs for their support during Jim's Alzheimer's journey. Memorials made be made to Groveport Madison High School Music Program, 4475 South Hamilton Road, Groveport, Ohio 43125 in Jim's memory. Online guestbook may be signed at www.spencemillerfuneralhome.com


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on May 31, 2017
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