Spencer Carlough, 88, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at the Hospice House in Greenville. The funeral service will be conducted Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at 2 p.m. in the Wilkerson Funeral Chapel by Father Nsongolo. Burial will be in Pinewood Memorial Park.
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Spence was born on May 21, 1924, and grew up in the Bronx, N.Y. where he attended Evander Childs High School and met his future wife, Emily Kelly. After graduating from high school, Spence attended New York State Maritime Academy and received a B.S. in Marine Engineering. Spence was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Navy during World War II, and served as an Engineer Officer aboard USS BERGEN (APA 150). He operated in the Pacific Theater transporting troops and supplies between the United States and the South Pacific. Spence left the Navy in 1946, having reached the rank of Lieutenant J.G. and married Emily on August 11 of that year.
After returning from the Navy, Spence received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University and a M.S. in Business Administration from Lehigh University. Throughout his career, Spence served in various executive positions in the steel industry; Foundry Engineer at Bethlehem Steel's Ingot Mold Foundry, Vice-President of Operations for Vulcan Mold and Iron Company, and Chief Engineer for Shenengo, Inc. During his career in the steel industry, Spence visited foundries in Germany, France, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Wales, Mexico, and Russia.
Golf was always a large part of Spence's life. He and his wife, Emily, retired to Greenville where they were active members at Brook Valley Country Club ("BVCC"). Spence served as President and member of the Audit, Procedures, and Long Range Planning Committees at BVCC. Additionally, Spence was a member of Rotary International, serving as President in Trenton, MI and was a member of the City of Greenville's Recycling Committee. Since moving to Greenville in 1989, Spence was an active member at St. Peter's Catholic Church.
Spence was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend and will be missed dearly by his family and friends. Even in his later years, Spence maintained his quick wit and sense of humor.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Emily Kelly Carlough; his parents, Milton and Flossie; sister, Grace Korthaus; and brothers Thornton and Warren.
Spence is survived by his four children, Kenneth S. Carlough, DMD, of Westbrook, Conn., Gary Carlough and wife, Anne Chen, of Pittsburgh, Kelly Carlough Fleming and husband, Bill, of Greenville and Amy Carlough Weickert of Fremont, Ohio; 11 grandchildren, Jason Carlough and wife, Deirdre, of Hoboken, N.J., Todd Carlough of Washington, D.C., Garrett Carlough and wife, Suzanne, of Alexandria, Va., Hall Carlough of Brooklyn, N.Y., Emily Hales and husband, Todd, of Raleigh, Chadwick Carlough and fiancee, Cristina Hawks, of Alexandria, Va., Will Fleming of Durham, Lindsay, Bennett, and Josie Weickert, of Fremont, Ohio, and Xing Carlough of Pittsburgh; great-granddaughter, Harper Hales of Raleigh; brothers: Herbert Carlough of Brewster, Mass. and Robert Carlough of Concord; as well as long time friend and partner, Joyce LaMotte.
The family will receive friends at Wilkerson Funeral Home Friday from 6 – 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Diabetes Research Center, One Children's Hospital Drive, Central Plant, Floor 3, 4401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224-1342. https://www.givetochildrens.org/.
Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Daily Reflector on Nov. 7, 2012