Claud Lafayette Spence
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Shreveport, LA - Claud Lafayette Spence, Lt. Cdr. (ret) passed away on March 2, 2013 at Grace Home. A 15 year battle with cancer, courageously fought and extended with the Grace of God, has come to an end.
Claud was born on January 1, 1934 in North Little Rock, AR, and graduated from Hendricks College in 1955. He was drafted and served 2 years in the Army, then attended OCS in Newport, RI where he graduated as an Ensign in the Navy. His tours of duty took him to San Diego, CA; Great Lakes, IL; Little Creek, VA; Wilmington, NC; Washington, DC; and Shreveport, LA. He retired in 1977 as a Lieutenant Commander in charge of training and recruiting.
Claud was instrumental in the development and initial administration of the first hospice program in Louisiana in 1980 through the Willis-Knighton Health System. He was a member of Noel United Methodist Church and the Upper Room Sunday School class. He enjoyed fishing, working on clocks, and creating beautiful pieces of art with stained glass.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gail Dean (Kautz) Spence; his children: Victoria Spence Bieber and husband, Lester, of Manhattan, KS; Craig Spence and wife, Jennifer, of Shreveport, LA; Rod Spence of Porter Ranch, CA; and Bruce Spence of La Mirada, CA; his grandchildren: Bruce, Katie, Otto, Mollie and Henry Bieber, and Hannah Spence; his brothers and their wives: Reynard and Betty Spence; Thad and Virginia Spence; Skip Spence; his sister-in-law, Jean Spence; his brother-in-law, Jay Magness; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents - Edith and Ernest Spence; his brother, Jim Spence; his mother and father-in-law, Lydia and William Kautz, and his sister-in-law, Marlene Magness.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 11 o'clock am at Noel United Methodist Church with a reception afterward in the parlor. Interment will be at Rest Hills Cemetery in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
The family wishes to thank the staff of the Willis-Knighton Hospice program especially Pam Nail and Dr. Robert Savory for their kind ways and gentle attention to Claud during the last stages of his life.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Noel United Methodist Church, 520 Herndon Street, Shreveport, LA 71101; to Willis-Knighton Hospice of Louisiana, 6165 East Flournoy Lucas Road, Shreveport, LA 71115; or to CHRISTUS Foundation Shreveport-Bossier, One St. Mary Place, Shreveport, LA 71101 for the benefit of Grace Home.
Published in Shreveport Times on Mar. 5, 2013