65, of Galesburg, died at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2012 in OSF St. Mary Medical Center.
He was born February 28, 1947 in Galesburg the son of John O. and Ruth I. Maxwell Spencer.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in law, Tiffany and Mike Wilson of Galesburg; his grandson, Michael “Roman” Spencer Wilson and granddaughter, Chloe Kaylynn Wilson, both of Galesburg; a sister, Val Spencer Schubert (and John) of Racine, Wis. and their children, Brad Goff (and Morine), Jeff Goff (and Tracie), and Julie Cantarini; a sister, Denise Spencer McGarry (and Harley R.) of East Galesburg and their children, Harley T. McGarry (and Devin), Johnathan B. McGarry (and Jamie), and Lindsey Jo Johnson (and Matt); and seven great nieces and five great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Ronald graduated from Galesburg High School in 1965, then served in the United States Army as a medic with the rank of SP4 from May 18, 1966 to May 17, 1968. After returning to Galesburg, he earned his associate’s degree from Carl Sandburg College. Ronald was in business for himself at Sandburg Mall for many years. He then worked in management for United Facilities. Prior to retirement, Ronald was sales manager at the Ford/Lincoln-Mercury dealership of Kewanee Motors.
He attended First Lutheran Church. After retiring in 2006, he was a devoted “Pa-Pa” to Roman and Chloe and was an active member to his local AA family.
Funeral will be 10 a.m. Thursday, May 24, 2012 in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Rev. James Ecklund will officiate. Visitation will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel. Entombment will be in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with military rites by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285. Memorials may be made to an education fund for his grandchildren, Roman and Chloe, in care of First Midwest Bank. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.