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July 24, 1943 ~ April 8, 2013
Dick Spencer passed away, surrounded by family, on April 8, 2013, at the age of 69. Dick was born on July 24, 1943, and was a lifelong resident of La Center, WA, still residing in the house he grew up in as a child.
A few things you may or may not know about Dick:
* He worked as a timber faller most of his life, and he was thankful to have a job that he loved. For the record, he never saw a spotted owl. * He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. * In the early 80's, he was among the top three trapshooters in Washington state. * He loved "his" town. * Petunias were his favorite flower, and every summer his patio was covered with them. * Potato chip shortbread cookies were his favorite, and he could eat an entire batch in one day. * He loved ice cream. * He loved Budweiser and Pall Mall's. * Victoria, B.C., Dayton, WA and Eastern Washington, were his favorite places to visit. * He loved long drives. * He loved to partake in a good debate. * He loved to cook and create new recipes. * He loved jet boat races and the Woodburn drag races. * He loved the sound of a cherry bomb exhaust. * He loved a juicy piece of gossip, but would never gossip himself. * He was a prankster. * He had a twisted sense of humor. * He loved to talk on the phone - for hours! * He fell asleep during every movie he attempted to watch. * He always let his children know how much he loved them.
Dick Spencer was one of a kind, and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Dick is survived by his daughter, Beth Houser (Walt) of Ridgefield, WA; sister, Kathy Koponen (Forrest) of Woodland, WA; nieces, Wendy Jacobs (Greg) and Ivy Koponen of Vancouver, WA; two great-nieces; and one great-nephew.
Dick was preceded in death by his father, Byron Spencer; mother, Jean Gragg; and his son, Chris Spencer.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the La Center Evangelical Free Church, Sun., April 21, 2013, from 3-5 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shriner's Children's Hospital.
Please sign his guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on Apr. 17, 2013