Fred Brown Spencer Jr., 84, died surrounded by his family and friends at Lancaster General Hospital on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. Born in White Hall, he was the son of the late Fred Brown and Myrtle Martin Spencer and was married to Dr. Carole Meardy with whom he celebrated 56 years of marriage.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Karyn E. (husband, William) Regitz of Pequea, Pa., Susan J. Spencer of Houston, Texas; a son, Scott M. Spencer of Franklin; two sisters, Marjorie Painter of Arlington, Va., and JoAnne Sitton of White Hall; six grandchildren, Adam Schwartz, Jenna Goens, Jason Schwartz, and Andrew, Zachariah and Zane Pavlak; and two great-grandchildren, Angelika Pavlak and Jackson Schwartz. He was predeceased by three sisters, Wilma and Gladys Spencer and Jean Marie Cipolla; and a granddaughter, Anna Xuxa Spencer-Pavlak.
Fred was a 1947 graduate of White Hall High School where he lettered all four years in football, baseball, track, and basketball and later joined the U.S. Air Force
and Navy. In the military, he was involved with the testing of the atomic bombs in the Pacific and the first air refueling unit. Fred retired from GTE/Verizon Telephone Co. in Illinois as a central office technician in 1991, after almost four decades of service.
Fred was a member of First Baptist Church in White Hall and had perfect attendance for 19 years. He was a member of the Hamilton Club, Moose, Elks and a lifetime member of VFW
. He loved watching the Mummers parade, but loved all parades. He was an avid traveler and enjoyed collecting antiques.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Fred's celebration of life on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Groffs Family Funeral & Cremation Services Inc. in Lancaster, Pa., with Pastor Dennis Regitz officiating. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. A private family interment will take place in Fort Indiantown Gap Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Fred's name may be made to Lancaster International Piano Festival, c/o The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster, PA 17603 or The Lancaster Boys & Girls Club, 116 S. Water St., Lancaster, PA 17603.