HARDWICK - Richard Allen Spencer Sr., 63, of Hardwick, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in the comfort of his home with his loving wife at his side.
He was born Jan. 9, 1950, in St. Johnsbury, the son of the late Richard H. and Priscilla (Welch) Spencer.
He graduated from St. Johnsbury Trade School, in the class of 1969.
He first married Linda Hall Pearce. He later married Joan S. Pilbin Smith in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Jan. 10, 2006. They spent several years wintering in Florida and making Vermont home during the summer months.
He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps
on Oct. 2, 1969, in Albany, N.Y. Richard served his country in California, the Philippines, Okinawa, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia. On March 6, 1974, Richard was awarded the Marine Corps Medal for heroism while serving at the U.S. Naval Base, Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines. Gunnery Sgt. Spencer was honorably discharged on Sept. 26, 1983, with service-connected disability.
Dick was a member of the American Legion Post 58 and the Elks Club
, both in St. Johnsbury, the Breslin Center in Lyndonville, and the Moose Club
on Merritt Island, Fla.
He loved the time that he spent with his family, many friends and particularly his grandchildren. He enjoyed coaching T-ball, hunting camp, fishing, traveling in his RV, and a little trip to the casinos now and again.
Survivors include: his wife, Joan, of Hardwick; a son, Richard A. Spencer Jr., and companion Melissa Bell, of Berlin; a daughter, Bobbi Brimblecombe, and husband James, of Marshfield; stepson Douglas "DJ" Smith, of Hardwick; a stepdaughter, Kimberly "Kim" Bird, of Wolcott; Kelly Smith, of Hardwick; seven grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; a brother, Theodore "Ted" Spencer, of St. Johnsbury; two sisters, Carolyn Lambert, of Dalton, N.H., and Nancy King, of Lowell; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
A gathering and celebration of Richard "Gunny" Spencer's life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, from 10 a.m. until noon at the American Legion Post 58 in St. Johnsbury.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Caledonia Home Health & Hospice, P.O. Box 383, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819; or to the
, Vermont Affiliate, 434 Hurricane Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
Northern Vermont Funeral Service, Hardwick, is assisting family with arrangements.