Robert “Bob” Spencer

Robert “Bob” Spencer

Robert H. ‘Bob’ Spencer of Otsego, Michigan passed away Sunday, May 15, 2011 at Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo.

Robert was born in Kalamazoo to William and Trena (Meninga) Spencer. He was a WW II Veteran serving in the United States Navy and had been a driver/salesman for Continental Linen Service retiring in 1984. Bob was a people person who enjoyed visiting with people over a cup of coffee and enjoyed fishing.

On October 13, 1990 he married Geneva Smith who survives. Also surviving are a son, Jay (Iris) Spencer of Otsego; and a daughter, Susan (Daniel) Tinkler of Paw Paw; 5 grandchildren, Paul (Michelle) Tinkler, Karyn (Jason) Bouma, Sharyn (Dave) Bates, Jay (Matsue) Spencer and Rusty Spencer; 4 great-grandchildren, Aerial & Abigail Tinkler, Bailey Bates, Sakura Spencer; a brother William (Joyce) Spencer and a sister, Marcia Cairns; step-children, Lonnie (Lynn) Stenger, Steve (Christine) Stenger; many nieces and nephews; many step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Barbara in 1981; his son, Steven Spencer in 1975; a sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Lindsey Dugan.

Friends may meet with Bob’s family from 2-4 P.M. and 6-8 P.M. Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, at the Otsego United Methodist Church with Pastor Joe Shaler and Pastor John Kepler officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego with Military Honors by V.F.W. Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Rose Arbor Hospice of S.W. Michigan or Otsego United Methodist Church.

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  1. Duane and Evalyn Soderquist says:

    We will surely miss a great friend. our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time of loss. Bob was was such an inspiration to us and such a giving person.

  2. Bruce & Ann Haight says:

    We’ve enjoyed our many visits to Bob (and Geneva) over the years. He was one of the warmest welcoming people we knew.
    He never shied away from agreeing to host us for rhubarb pie (and then let Geneva know – who always smiled about this).
    He was there for us when we needed a friend, and for this we are very grateful.
    Our sympathy to Geneva and the family.

  3. Sandi Bush Cornelia says:

    Jay and Iris; Thoughts and prayers go out to you…

  4. Wicks / McTigue Family says:

    Sue and family
    We are so sorry for your loss
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you
    Love you
    Mary, Keith, Tom & Kevin

  5. Michele Pulver says:

    Dear Ones,
    I am so sorry to hear of your losing Bob. My heart goes out to you and your family. At a time like this, there are no words. No words that really comfort or fill that place where you are hurting. May your loving memories help you through this difficult time. Please know that you are in my continued thoughts and prayers. And perhaps after a time remember….”To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die”…..

  6. Terri Snow/Edythe Snow says:

    Bob had a Big Heart and was always there to welcome you with a hug or hand shake in church or at their home. My Mom and Dad enjoyed many, many home made strawberry shortcakes with Geneva and Bob at their home. Bob cooked up many delicious meals at the Covenant Church for different events. He will be missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Geneva.

    Love-Edythe & Terri

  7. Terri Snow/Edythe Snow says:

    Your Dad, Bob, was a very giving and kind man Sue and he will be missed by so many people. Bob knew people from many different areas and remembered them by name; even from his delivery days. I’m glad to have been able to meet you through your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  8. Dawn Forney says:

    Jay and Iris my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Lobretto/Ray Families says:

    So sorry for your loss.Bob was a wonderful person.Always gave you a genuine hug or hand shake.If you knew Bob.You knew you had a friend for life.Always loved it when we were kids.And he would come over to our parents home for coffee .And his stories.What a joy to have known him.He will be greatly missed.Our thoughts and prayers are with his family

  10. Rodriguez Family & Fran Carroll says:

    Dear Sue Dan, Geneva &family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of such a sweet & lovely man. Our prayers & thoughts are with you. May you be at peace with the knowledge that Bob is at rest with the Lord. Mu,ch love from,
    Gus, Mary, Aunt Fran, Gus, Mike Kim, Dave, Lauren, Mary Carroll, Tom, Matt & Melissa

  11. Kyle and Lynn Anderson says:

    Jay and Iris, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family . As time goes on the memories will always be a part of you. We are here for you if you need us.
    God Bless

  12. Carol Bradham Haney says:

    Sue, Jay, Geneva and family:

    Was saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. I get a picture in my mind of him and my Dad in Heaven jawing over a cup of coffee like the good old days. Bob was unique and wonderful and will be so missed. Our thoughts and prayers will be with each of you in the days and weeks to come. God bless!

    Carol and Skip

  13. Micky Kemple says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Micky Kemple

  14. Mary Kenny says:

    Sue, Dan & the entire Spencer clan,
    I was so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I wish there was something I could say or do to ease your pain.(I’m Sorry for all of you but happy for him! I know he was greeted in Heaven by a Giant party of family & friends!) Please know that you’re all in my thoughts & prayers.
    Little Mary

  15. Linda McCormick says:

    Dear Sue, Dan and Family
    Just found out about your dad passing, I’m so sorry, Looking at the pic’s he hasn’t changed a bit.. My thoughts and prayers are with you… Love you guys,,,, Linda

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