The Woodward News

Obituaries

July 24, 2012

Shorty Spencer

Woodward, Okla. — Shorty Spencer, 87 year old Woodward resident, died Friday, July 20, 2012 in the Vici Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 26, 2012 in the First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Charlie Graves officiating. Interment will be in the Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Lloyd Wayne Spencer was born November 21, 1924 in Waynoka, Oklahoma to Carl Henry and Iona (Dexter) Spencer. He attended the Liberty Hill County School, which was two miles from his home and he either rode his horse or walked to school. Born and raised on a farm, he had plenty of chores, helping to milk 18 cows by hand every morning and night; cutting firewood for the home to keep warm and cutting fence post. After Shorty was out of school he enlisted in the United States Navy as a SeaBee in 1942. Basic training was in Williamsburg, Virginia and while he was in training he always said "What I don’t walk through I crawl through in the swamps." Serving in the European war, there he earned a Purple Heart. He was in the invasion of France on Omaha Beach, sent in on the second wave. He returned home for Christmas and then he was sent to the Pacific Theater of War including the Philippine Islands, making two invasions out of there. Shorty was honorably discharged on June 6, 1946 and he came back to Waynoka where he went to work for the Santa Fe Railroad.

Shorty was united in marriage to Billie Ruth Hayes in June of 1947. While living in Waynoka they had three children, Sharon Kay,Lloyd Jr and Ricky. They left Waynoka and moved to Denver, Colorado; where his parents had previously moved. While there they had three more children, Jimmy Lee, Debbie Jean and Karan Sue. Shorty worked in Jefferson County, Colorado for the Highway department from 1961-1987. After retiring from the Highway department he and Billie moved to Woodward. Shorty worked part time for Irwin Auto Company for 15 years, retiring in 2009.

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