John Spencer, 91

HASTINGS — John Charles Spencer, 91, of Hastings, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2019, with family by his side at Perkins Pavillion, Good Samaritan Society, Hastings – Village.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at All Saints Chapel, Good Samaritan Society with the Rev. Kelly Karges, officiating.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at Apfel Funeral Home in Hastings, and one hour prior to service time at the church. Burial will be in the Blue Valley Cemetery in Ayr.

Condolences may be sent to the family from www.apfelfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the American Kidney Foundation.

John was born Dec. 19, 1927, to Harry S. and Ann (Lawson) Spencer in Hastings. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1946. He married Shirley Woodworth on Nov. 19, 1950, at the First Christian Church in Hastings. They were blessed with three children. John was a bookkeeper for several businesses including Hastings Battery and Electric, Spady Motors and Cash Wa Distributors.

John enjoyed puttering around his garage, doing most of the household repairs. In his early years before color television he repaired TV’s as a second job. He was an avid Husker fan and always enjoyed being with family. Once a month he met with classmates of 1946 and visited about school memories.

He attended Doniphan United Methodist Church. John served on the District 60 school board as secretary. He was also a deacon for several years at the First Christian Church in Hastings.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Shirley of Hastings; three children and their spouses, Deb and Gerry Hemberger of Juniata, Beckie Potts of Grand Island, and John and Beckie Spencer of Grand Island; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, George Spencer of Hastings; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Chad Spencer; three sisters, Florence Saathoff, Nellie Swanson and Eunice Jordan; one brother, Harry Spencer Jr,; and several in laws.

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