Richard L. Spence

February 23, 1938 ‒ August 26, 2014

Fredericktown, Ohio


Richard L. Spence, age 76, of Fredericktown, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the Knox Community Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 23, 1938 in Newark, Ohio to the late Paul and Margaret (Bauman) Spence.

Dick graduated from Newark High School in 1956 then worked at Cooper Bessemer/Rolls-Royce for 50 years starting as a machinist apprentice working his way to plant manager. Dick was a member of the Fredericktown United Methodist Church. He was a 43 year member of the Thrall Lodge #170 F. & A.M., Baldwin Shrine Club of Mount Vernon, Old Homestead Club and Fraternal Order of Elks #140. Dick served in multiple capacities on the Board of Directors of the CES Credit Union from 1984 to present. When Dick wasn’t home he could be found at his second home, Irish Hills Golf Course. He loved golfing, fishing, but most of all he loved to spend time with his family.

Dick is survived by his wife of 55 years, Suzanne (Humes) Spence; sons, Dr. Bradlee (Alice) Spence and Eric (Melanie) Spence; daughters, Mary (Ken) Goble and Annette (Tony Cline) Dooley; 15 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; brother, Jeffrey (Patti) Spence; 2 sisters, Nancy (Craig) Peck and Mary (William) Thompson; many nieces and nephews and a wealth of friends.

Besides his parents, Dick is preceded in death by a son-in-law, Larry Dooley.

Friends may call on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church, 123 Columbus Road, Fredericktown, Ohio where a masonic service will begin at 6 p.m. A Celebration of Life service honoring Dick will follow the masonic service. Rev. Dr. Keith Bohley will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Fredericktown United Methodist Church Missions, Hospice of Knox County or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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The Snyder Funeral Home of Fredericktown, Ohio, is honored to serve the family of Richard L. Spence.



  • In Your Time of Sadness, Whether we are here on earth or the vast unknown above, It simply is impossible To go beyond God’s love. May God’s love carry you through this time of sadness and bring you peace and comfort in the days to come. Thinking of you and your family with Deepest Sympathy.

  • So sorry about your loss, what a great guy to work for and to be around! Will be very much missed by all his Cooper Guys who worked with him and for him thru out the years…

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I am am thinking of you and praying for you all in the coming weeks and months!

  • My deepest sympathy for your loss. I worked with Dick for many years at CES. I was with Exxon as a inspector on many large orders of which Dick helped me through many tough manufacturing problems. My prayers are with you and your family during this sad time.

  • Deepest sympathy for your family. He was a great guy to know. Last time we spoke with him was at Cassidy’s graduation party. He was encouraging Max that he could be a great basketball player and it didn’t matter about his size. That has stuck in Max’s mind! Prayers for your family at such a sad time.

  • Dallas and I extend our deepest sympathy to your family. You have been and will continue to be in our prayers.

  • Dick was a very dedicated employee at Cooper Energy/Rolls-Royce! He always had a smile for everyone!!! Deepest sympathy!

  • Our sincere condolences. Dick was a wonderful guy and we are both honored to have known him and worked with/for him for so many years. May he rest in peace on that great golf course in the sky. He will be missed.

  • To the Spence Family,

    You are in our prayers for peace and comfort at this time. We extend our deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your loved one.

    Ralph & Doris Shira

  • So very sorry for your loss. Dick was a member of Pro Fitness. It was always a pleasure to see him come in with a big smile. Praying for peace and comfort for you all.

  • I am truly sorry for your loss. I knew Dick for 40 years, what a true gentleman he was, he has left his family with a great heritage to follow. His memories will live on in your hearts.
    Doug B.

  • Jeff, Patti, and Randi: So sorry for your loss. Will be praying for our Lord to give you a peace that passes all (human) understanding. Love you all.

  • We are sorry for your loss … God be with all of You @ this time. We were honored to know him & Marion was honored to have worked for him & with him. God Bless

  • Suzanne – Our condolences to you and your family members on the loss of Dick. He won’t be forgotten!

    Stephanie Reynolds & Steve Caldwell

  • Very sad to learn of this. Dick was so good to be around. He was always positive and optimistic. He brought me many smiles. Love and prayers to the family.

  • Extending my deepest sympathy to the Spence family. Carrying you in my thoughts and prayers.

  • A wonderful guy who touched so many lives. Always a great big smile and an encouraging word! Our deepest sympathy to the Spence family.

  • Suzanne and family,

    My sympathy goes out to you and your family. Jerry always spoke so well of him and enjoyed working with him. I’ll be thinking of you.

    Carol Navin

  • Suzanne and Family,
    Dick was a good friend and a
    great boss. He was always a true
    gentleman and well respected by
    all of his co-workers. He
    greeted everyone with a big smile.
    My deepest sympathy on the passing
    of Dick. He will be sadly missed as he
    touched so many lives.

  • Suzanne and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow as only He can do.
    Sam, Bunny & Jillian Vance
    Frank and Elinor Bartlett

  • My heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the whole Spence family during this difficult time. May God bless you and keep you.

  • We keenly feel our loss of Dick! He has been a faithful member of our congregation, and also of Fa-Ho-Cha, the class that Joy is attends and Gary teaches. Dick always had a smile, and was an attentive and thoughtful participant. He rarely spoke up. but when he did it was always the voice of wisdom! As two who have lived through the loss of a spouse, our hearts go out to Suzanne, and certainly to the entire family. With you, our comfort is the certainty that Dick has entered the Church Triumphant!

  • My deepest sympathy to your family. Robbie always spoke very highly of Dock and enjoyed working with him.

  • Suzanne – It was a privilege to have known Dick. Your loss is huge & my prayers are with you. Treasure the memories as they will sustain you. Blessings to you and your family.

  • Suzanne so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. May God give you and your family strength during this difficult time.

  • Suzanne ~ my heartfelt prayers go out to you and the family at the lost of Dick. Please know that you are all loved. If there is anything I can do please call. May God wrap his loving arms around you always. With all my love, Kathy

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. If you need anything, please feel free to call now or any time in the future. We are here for you.
    Dean & Linda Shira

  • We are so sorry about Dick’s passing. You and your family are in our prayers. May your wonderful memories of happy times you had together comfort you.

  • So sad to see Dick pass he was a true gentleman a great friend and a competitive golfer. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

  • So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. Our deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Dear Suzanne and Family, We all share in your loss. Dick was a special person and a valued friend. We enjoyed the time working together with him at Cooper, and treasured the occasions when we would meet you both (and your boys) outside of work. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hope Dick has his golf club in hand and is playing on a beautiful golf course in Heaven. Rest-In-Peace dear friend!!!!! Sincerely, Susie and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • I graduated with Dick in 1956, and so sorry to hear of his passing. He was always a very friendly and nice person. My neighbor Jackie {Purks} Bonham also wants to send her condolences. We send our thoughts and prayers with you and your family.

    Lois Swonger Jackie Bonham

  • We were so sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. He was a truly a good and gentle man. May your wonderful memories sustain you. God Bless…..