Ralph S. Spencer

Redmond, Washington
March 14, 1927 - May 7, 2018


Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Buresh Funeral Home in Hale.

Service Location

Buresh Funeral Home-Hale


Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 1:00 pm.

Obituary Notice

Ralph Selwyn Spencer left his home in Redmond, Washington on the 7th of May to join his wife, Shirley; son, Robin as well as additional family and friends in heaven.

Ralph was born on March 14, 1927 to James & Florence (Brooks) Spencer in Oscoda. He graduated from Oscoda High School in 1944. He attended Cleary College where he obtained his associates degree in accounting. He served as a Seabee in the Navy and was stationed in the Philippines during WWII. He worked as an auditor at Chrysler Corporation for over 40 years. Ralph was a loving and supportive husband and father. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren’s accomplishments.

He shared a life of love and friendship with Shirley J. Spencer for 66 years and was married to her for 63 years. They lived in Oscoda, Ypsilanti and Livonia Michigan as well as three cities in the Seattle area.

Ralph enjoyed playing tennis, gardening and sailing. He was a loyal fan of U of M and U of Washington sports. He was an avid supporter of numerous veteran causes.
He is survived by his daughters, Lani Spencer of Redmond, WA, Leslie Spencer and her husband, Mark Kinney of Oakbrook Terrace, IL and his daughter-in-law, Shelley Godwin of Roscoe, IL, the wife of his deceased son, Robin Spencer. He was blessed with six grandchildren and two great grandchildren, Elise Spencer, her partner Jason Merz, and daughter Aurora of Columbia, SC, Lauren Spencer and her husband Jon Hines of Roscoe, IL, Jeffrey Spencer, his wife Hannah and son Caleb of Ypsilanti, MI and Caroline Thomas of Chicago, IL, Linnea Xuereb of Detroit, MI and Weston Thomas of Schaumburg, IL.

Visitation will be on Saturday May 19, 2018 at the Buresh Funeral Home in Hale from 10 am to 1 pm followed by his funeral and interment in the Esmond-Evergreen Cemetery in Hale, MI.

Those wishing to make a memorial donation are encouraged to consider Paralyzed Veterans of America. On line condolences may be made to the family at www.bureshfuneralhomes.com.


Memorials may be made to the Paralyzed Veterans of America


Esmond-Evergreen Cemetery


I am so sad to hear of Ralph's passing. He and Shirley were good friends of my mom, Annabel Chrivia Ranger and Aunt Eloise Chrivia Roman. My boys also mowed their lawn in Hale for several years. I always enjoyed visiting with them when they were in Hale at Shirley's childhood home for the summer which she loved so much. I will keep the family in my thoughts and prayers because, no matter the age, it is always hard to lose our love ones.
— Sandra Helms
Robin, So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I have wonderful memories of visiting with him and your mom at Aunt Eloise's house growing up. I can still hear grandma(Almina Short) say it's about time for Ralph and Shirley to come up. I need to get to town. They were both very cherished by our family and will always hold a special place in our lives. You'll be in our thoughts and prays.
— Beverly Bernard VanHorn

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