Robert Dean Spencer Sr., 75, of Hendersonville passed away October, 7, 2016, after a valiant fight against cancer.
Bob is survived by his two sons, Robert D. (Sami) Spencer Jr. of Missoula, Montana, and William (Ashely Zamagni) Spencer of Baden, Pennsylvania; step-daughter, April (Robert) Graham of Denver, Colorado; a brother, Harry William Spencer, Jr. of Ohio; his sister, Sophia Gass of Hendersonville; step-siblings, Gerald Hawkins and Mary Jo Hawkins. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Samuel “Bo” (Evelyn) Spencer, Alex Spencer, Faith Spencer, Tim Hedden, Brian Hedden, and Danielle Searcy; two nieces, Michele (Ricky) Kilby and Lillian (Zach) Puthoff, both of Hendersonville; and three great-grandchildren, Sophia, Adam and Xyla Spencer. Bob was very well liked and has many special friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry William Spencer and Alice Hawkins, his step-mother Sila Spencer, his sister Sadie Beavers (Spencer), his step-daughter Lorie Falcon, and his nephew Bradley Gass.
Bob was born on June 2, 1941 to Harry William Spencer and Alice Lemley Hawkins (Spencer) in East Liverpool, Ohio. Bob served in the United States Air Force and received a medical discharge. He then attended Business College and had two businesses as a building contractor. He built new homes and car washes, restored houses, and installed alarm systems. Bob was very active in the Moose Lodge and served many positions both local and state. Later in life his passion was lapidary and he thoroughly enjoyed finding the color in stones. He also enjoyed photography. Bob was very talented artistically and won awards for his gourd creations and Native American beadwork. Bob was very proud of his Native American Chiricahua Apache culture. Bob was a member of the Raven Rock Band of The Southern Cherokee Nation.
There will be a celebration of life for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to hospice at Four Seasons, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock NC 28731.
The family would like to express a heartfelt thanks to the caring staff of the Elizabeth House who made his remaining time on earth more peaceful.