James Everett Spence

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August 13, 1942 - July 8, 2019
Born in Gettysburg, PA
Resided in St. Peters, MO

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James Everett Spence, age 76, of St. Peters, MO died July 8, 2019, after a long battle with colon cancer.

He was born on August 13, 1942 to Melvin H. and Helen E. Spence of Gettysburg, PA. He was raised in Gettysburg until the age of eighteen. Educated at DeVry, Chicago IL, with a two-year degree in Applied Science and a four-year degree at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, as an electrical engineer, with a minor in Bio Med.

He was employed as a manufacturing engineer, before that a design engineer with Boeing, formerly McDonnell Douglas, for forty-six and a half years, retiring at the age of seventy.

James was formerly a member of Dardenne Prairie Bible Church, O’Fallon, MO, pastored by Dan Schmidt. He has more recently attended Amazing Grace Baptist Church in St. Charles, MO, pastored by Brian Andrews.

He is proceeded in death by his father, his mother, and his brother, Dennis Spence. Survived by his wife, Barbara (Duggan) Spence, sister, Connie Wanzel, Gettysburg, PA, niece, Alisha, nephews, Damon and Dion, and their families.

Survived by his daughters, Michelle Spence, Jeanne VanHorn (Don), Erin Gardner (Terry). Four grandchildren, Michael (April), Jessica, James, and Nate. Five stepchildren, Mark, David, Stephen and Chris McCollum, Lisa Adkins and their families.

“Jim” was a very artistic and talented man. He was a strong, conscientious, hard worker all his life. A wonderful husband, father and friend, loved by all who knew him.

Now by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the cross, Jim is in Heaven today with his Saviour. Praise God.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Jesse & Faith Moser July 10, 2019 at 6:14 pm - Reply

    Jim was such a fine gentleman. We enjoyed his visits with Barbara to visit us in N.C. Glad he is no longer in pain and in the arms of Jesus. R.I.P. Jim. Love Jesse & Faith

  2. Sheri Menscher July 10, 2019 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Barbara, It was a pleasure to get to know you and Jim at McClay Senior. May your faith in God help you through your grief as you rejoice that Jim is with our Savior.

  3. Joyce Townsend July 11, 2019 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Erin, I, too lost my father, and it’s such a hard thing for a girl to do. My prayers are with you! Joyce Townsend

  4. Debbie Wehmeier July 11, 2019 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    I am sorry to hear about Jim. I met the two of you a short time ago at the courthouse retiree luncheons. I enjoyed visiting with both of you. May God hold you close in his arms, at this difficult time.

  5. Jackie Ramey (Dolan) July 12, 2019 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    Jeanne and Michelle and families… I am so very sorry for your loss! I know you will treasure the memories and feel joy in the love you share! My sincere condolences and heartfelt prayers!

  6. Ruth Hesse July 13, 2019 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    My thoughts & prayers are with you Barb, that Jesus & his loving angels surround & comfort you, during this very difficult time. I’m so glad that I got to know Jim & you. He’s watching over you from heaven now. Please keep in touch.
    Sincerely, Ruth Hesse

  7. John Bowers July 16, 2019 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    candle 2My condolences & prayers to the Spence family i met Jim many years ago through my dad when we worked at McDonnell Douglas Electronics in St Charles as a Civil War buff i was enthralled & fascinated by his stories of digging up minie balls on the Gettysburg battlefield

  8. Jim Schuessler July 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    My prayers and thoughts are extended to Jim and your family.

    I was a fellow student with Jim at DeVry and we came to work at McDonnell Aircraft on the same day after graduation. We also were roommates for the first couple of years while living in St. Charles. I still remember Jim buying his white Chevy Corvair in 1963. After a couple of years, we went our separate ways at the company, but did run into each other on occasion. Jim always had a happy disposition, was a true gentleman, and I always considered him to be a good friend.

    May he now rest in peace

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