Joseph B.-Spence-Obituary

Lance Cpl. Joseph B. Spence

Scotts Valley, California


Scotts Valley, California


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Joseph Spence first asked permission to marry his childhood sweetheart, Elisabeth Bertsch, when he was 16 and she was 14. Her parents said no. Spence kept asking. "I must have told him no half a dozen times," said Elisabeth's father, David Bertsch. Privately, they admired Spence's determination _ and when he showed up after boot camp in his Marine uniform, they knew it was time to allow the union. Spence, 24, of Scotts Valley, Calif., was among the 31 killed Jan. 26 when a helicopter crashed in bad weather in Iraq. He was stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Soon after he left for Iraq, Elisabeth gave birth to the couple's daughter, Providence. Spence never saw her in person, but was able to connect via videoconference at Christmas. "He had nine days to go there in Iraq," David Bertsch said. "We are just crushed he didn't make it." Spence's father was a Marine, and he never wavered in his resolve to fight. "He enjoyed his time over there. He wasn't one of those `What am I doing here' cases," his brother Roger said. "He was where he wanted to be."

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I love you and miss you so much Joey!!!

When Joeys mom, Becky was our OB patient she used to bring you into the office sometimes. Such a cute little boy. That was in the 1980s when I worked for Dr. Lenz. I know its been several years since his young life was taken, but I just wanted to send my thoughts. I also knew his grandma, Therese and step-granddad, as well as being a classmate of Jan Johnson. God bless Joeys family. You all will reunite one day.

I miss you so Joey. Looking forward to being reunited again in glory in our Lord's timing when my pilgrimage on earth is finished. Love you forever, Mom

I would like to share a little story with you(if this page is still open). Our family was having breakfast at the Silver Spur in Santa Cruz. We were going to pick up our new Golden Reteiver and were talking about what we would name him. Looking at the paper, we read the story about Joseph Spence. We were so moved and saddened, that right then and there, we decided to name our puppy Spence. Spence is 14 yrs old and has recently been diagnosed with cancer. He doesnt have too much time left. We...

We realize that we are very late to express our deepest condolences, but we wanted to let your family and friends know that we will be sending Care Packages to deployed troops this week and we'll be dedicating several of these to your loved one. Each package will carry the name, photo and the hometown of Joseph B. Spence US Marine Lance Corporal. We realize that this is a small tribute, but we do this with all respect and sincerity and we want you to know that it is made possible...

To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Joseph B. Spence:
It has truly been my honor to sign Joseph's guest book these past few years. Unfortunately, due to complications from my Multiple Sclerosis, this may be the last message I'm able to write. Please forgive me and know that Joseph will always be remembered in my home.
With love and respect ~ Peggy

7 years :( Love you forever Joey, Mom

To the family and friends of Lance Cpl. Joseph B. Spence:
Always remembering Joseph. "Some gave all."

Never forgotten a HERO LCpl Spence. God Bless and keep your family.