STERLING – Frank Gail Spencer concluded his adventurous earthly life Monday, March 10, 2014.
Gail was born Oct. 15, 1928, in Sterling, the son of Frank Charles and Bertha Mae (Bailey) Spencer. He graduated from Sterling High School in 1946. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was discharged in 1949. Gail began his working years with Kraft Foods in Milledgeville. He also spent time selling insurance and farm equipment before working at the former Kradle Lumber Yard in Sterling. He enjoyed serving many of his customers at Grummert’s Hardware in his retirement years until 2007.
A musician and singer from birth, Gail played trumpet and drums with many bands. He also sang in and coached numerous barbershop quartets, and was a past member of the Rock River Barbershop Chorus. He then directed the Dixon Sweet Adelines, and took them to several competitions. Most recently, he sang with the Melody Makers at various functions. Gail also played keyboard and piano in his leisure time.
He enjoyed fishing trips to Wisconsin and staying at his sister’s cabin. Over the years, his experiences were relived with family and friends, particularly with his companion of many years, Lola Mae Wade, who preceded him in death in April 2012. Gail liked to travel the countryside finding new ways home, drinking coffee with his buddies at the Red Apple, and teasing the girls at Parkway.
Surviving are his children, Linda (Tim) Vos of Morrison, Darrel Spencer of Milledgeville, and Kalah (Dave) Knutti of Chadwick; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Willis and Naaman Spencer, and his sister, Oleta DePuy.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at McDonald Funeral Home, 505 First Ave., Sterling. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Paul Sheley officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling.
A memorial will be established.