Donald E. Spencer, Sr., 84, passed away Saturday (Oct. 27, 2018) at his daughter’s home in Ontario following a lengthy illness.
Donald was born on May 16, 1934 in Canisteo to David and Mayetta (VanZile) Spencer. He attended Andover Central School and later served in the United States Army. On July 16, 1960 he married Violet A. Ordiway, who survives.
Don was a truck driver for New York State Department of Transportation for 30 years until his retirement in 1986.
In Addition to his wife of 58 years, Donald is survived by three sons, Robert (Sue Rogers) Spencer and Arnold Spencer, both of Andover and Donald (Deanna) Spencer, Jr. of Wellsville; one daughter, Christine Green of Ontario; one sister, Lorraine McClean of Andover; 7 grandchildren, Michael (Allison) Green of Rochester, David Spencer of Schenectady, Jeffrey Spencer of Worcester, Mass., Jeffrey Vineyard of Wellsville, Jessica Vineyard of Whitesville, and Jamie (Clint) Calladine and Danielle (Nate) Richmond, both of Andover, 4 great grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a sister, Doris Vader and a brother, Dale Spencer.
Donald loved nature with all the sights sounds and smells of being in the woods. He was an avid hunter. Even in the midst of his many health concerns, his big desire was to sit on his ATV in the woods, rifle in hand, waiting for his trophy buck to step out in the clear. Don had already purchased his hunting license for the season.
Donald was also a big Harley enthusiast and loved the thrill of a ride on his bike. In his younger days he was quite the pitcher on the local adult baseball circuit. He was also fond of playing the lottery.
Don grew up in the Andover First Baptist Church where he was baptized as a young boy and attended there over the years.
Visitation will be on Friday from 4-7 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Daniel Stiller officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Valley Brook Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Donald’s name may be made to Andover Rescue Squad, 832 SR 417, Andover, NY 14806 or to Andover Volunteer Fire Department, 60 Main St., Andover, NY 14806.