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Funeral services for Vernon Leroy Spence, 96, West Plains, Mo., were Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Dry Creek General Baptist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.

Mr. Spence passed away at 12:20 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at his home.

He was born July 14, 1922, in the Dry Creek Community, to Ira W. Spence and Rhilda Camilla Wood Spence.  On Feb. 13, 1943, he was married at San Luis Obispo California, to Fern W. Webb, who preceded him in death on Dec. 2, 2013.  Mr. Spence was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Army during World War II.  He was awarded four bronze stars for campaigns in Central Europe, Rhineland, Southern France and Rome-Arno; he also received buttons and lapels for European African-Middle East Theatre and four overseas bars.  He was a farmer and enjoyed his family friends and farm work.  Mr. Spence was a member of Dry Creek General Baptist Church. 

He is survived by two daughters, Donna Romans, Kansas City, Mo., and Bonnie Bryan and husband, Ronnie, Pomona,  Mo.; three grandchildren, Kelley Thompson and husband, Doug, Aaron Bryan and wife, Christa and Amber Kristek and husband, Chris; nine great-grandchildren, Emily, Spencer and Pierce Thompson, Kindall, Kamrynn, Kristian and Karrington Kristek and Aiden and Tyson Bryan; two brothers, George Bryan Spence, West Plains and Jim Spence and wife, Darlene, Salina, Kan.; one sister-in-law, Betty Lee Spence, Willow Springs, Mo.; special friends, Betty Good, Springfield, Mo., and Van Turner, Willow Springs, Mo.; three caregivers, Janella Schafer, Donna Rhoads and Mary Russell and husband, Terry; and several nieces and nephews.

His parents; wife; and two brothers, Clement and Willowby Spence, preceded him in death.

Burial was in the Dry Creek Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or OMC Cancer Treatment Center and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.

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