Donald M. "Don" Spence

Born: Thu., Feb. 1, 1940
Died: Mon., Sep. 10, 2018


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Fri., Sep. 14, 2018
Location: Stout & Son
Russiaville Chapel

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Fri., Sep. 14, 2018
Location: Stout & Son
Russiaville Chapel

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Donald M. “Don” Spence, 78, Kokomo, passed away at 10:33 am Monday September 10, 2018, at his home.  He was born February 1, 1940, in Galveston, the son of the late Donald F. & Vera O. (Young) Spence.  On May 3, 1959, he married Judy A. Baber and she survives.

Don was a 1958 graduate of Galveston High School and had attended Indiana University at Kokomo.  He worked for McCoy’s Grocery Store from 1955-1966.  Don then retired from Delco Electronics as a General Supervisor after 38 years of service. Being an avid hunter, Don and his 2 sons loved to hunt every year at Thanksgiving time together.  Don enjoyed camping with his family and wintering in Florida.

Along with his wife Judy, Don is also survived by his children, Christine (Gerald) Phegley, Dennis Spence, Gregory (Melissa) Spence, and Catherine (Chris) Krieger; 16 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren; brother, Gregory Kent Spence; sisters-in-law, Sue Spence;, and Joyce (Calvin) Myers, along with several nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; and niece, Karen Nichols.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Friday September 14, 2018, at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 East Main Street, Russiaville, with Joyce Brooks officiating.  Burial will follow in Galveston Cemetery.  Friends are invited to visit with the family from 11-1 Friday at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made in Don’s memory to Stout & Son Funeral Home to assist the family with final expenses.  Messages of condolences may be left online at

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A. Marie Casey, formerly of Marion
   Posted Thu September 13, 2018
There are few experiences more difficult than losing a loved one in death; no doubt Mr. Spence will be sadly missed. May you find comfort in knowing death was not God’s purpose for mankind and his purpose has not changed! His words are clear, “He will swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces”. (Isaiah 25:8; Revelation 21:4)
Further, Jesus guaranteed the coming resurrection (John 5:21, 28, 29), he performed resurrections and was himself resurrected by his Father. All resurrections took place on earth, giving us a glimpse of what is to come.... seeing our loved ones again! (Acts 24:15)
Until his promises are fulfilled, may Jehovah God continue to bless & comfort you in the days ahead....

Paul Crouse
   Posted Thu September 13, 2018

Patriotic Vased Bouquet was sent by Fellow Weld Tech’s..

Marc Goodier
   Posted Thu September 13, 2018
I'm so sorry I'm unable to express my condolences in person. I've known Donnie Mac virtually all my life. I vividly remember at 5 or 6 walking to McCoys and Donnie behind the meat counter. 20 years later as a young and unexperienced supervisor working with Donnie in department 863 we did close to 90 days in a row of 12 hours shifts. Donnie did days and I was midnights. He had my back so many times when I made mistakes and he never failed to protect me and teach me the right way. Donnie Mac was one of the greatest influences on me and I could never thank him enough! Heaven is brighter with his entrance. Bless you my friend. Marc Goodier

Rich Betz
   Posted Sat September 15, 2018
We now live in Texas so were unable to to express our condolences in person. Like so many other young people at Delco Don helped me greatly. We got to be good friends and we went Pheasant hunting together many years in the 1980s and 1990s. Always a gentleman with a strong sense of family values. I am very sorry for your loss but know he is in a better place.

Tammy Mathews
   Posted Sat September 15, 2018
Chris and Dennis, I just read about your dad. I am so sorry. Did not know in time to attend. You all know me as Tammy Pierson. I remember your dad as always being kind. He welcomed me into the house always. Again my thoughts are with you. Chris if you get this please e-mail me.