Richard Eugene Spencer, age 66, of Dell Rapids, SD, formerly of Huron, died August 3, 2011, at his home.
His memorial service will be 11:00 am Monday, August 15, 2011, at Welter Funeral Home in Huron with military rites by the Huron Veterans Council, concluding with burial of his cremated remains at Maplewood Cemetery in Iroquois.
Memorial visitation will be from 9:30 am until service time, Monday, at Welter Funeral Home.
Richard Spencer was born November 18, 1944 to Delbert and Agnes (Brudvig) Spencer in De Smet, SD. He attended school in De Smet.
Rich joined the Navy in 1963 and served aboard the USS Leahy. His service included participation in operation UNITAS VII with the Navies of several South American countries that took him through the Panama Canal as well as around the tip of South America via the Straits of Magellan.
Upon his discharge from the Navy, Rich returned to South Dakota and married Irene Boone in Sioux Falls, SD. He spent most of his career in the automotive industry working in Sioux Falls and enjoyed restoring old cars, a passion he passed on to his son as well. He retired to the Dell Rapids area where he enjoyed spending time with friends as well as his grandchildren.
Rich had many hobbies, included drag racing, trapping, hunting, fishing, and watching football. He loved to take his grandchildren to his favorite fishing spot and attending the many sporting events that the kids participated in.
Grateful for having shared his life are his children, Danah (Jim) Riswold of Dell Rapids, SD, and Rick (Kim) Spencer of Oakdale, CA; 6 grandchildren: Aaron Riswold, Alec Riswold, Justin Riswold, Ethan Riswold, Nicholas Spencer, and Karlie Spencer; siblings: Delores Corbin of Carthage, SD, Marie (Howard) Blachford of Orient, SD, Mary (Bernie) Tyrrell of Sioux Falls, SD, Junior (Marcy) Spencer of Huron; and many nieces and nephews.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Peggy Lorenz in 1976, and a sister, Gracie Lorenz in 2010.
The family prefers that memorials be directed to sewmuchcomfort.org in support of wounded US military service members.
Born: November 18, 1944
Death: August 3, 2011
This memorial provided by:
Welter Funeral Home