Spencer Walter Lindbeck
Spencer Walter Lindbeck, 88, joined the Honor Flight with the Angels on Saturday, May 16, 2009. He spent his final days in the excellent care of the staff at the Jack and Engrid Meng Unity Hospice.
Spencer was born Feb. 1, 1921, to the late Aner and Matilda (nee Tillie) Lindbeck in Iron River, Mich. He graduated from Iron River High School in 1939 and joined the Army Air Corps in 1940. He served overseas during World War II as a crew chief for P-38s and P-51s with the 436th Fighter Squadron. During training in Louisiana, he met and married Carolyn (nee Virginia Carolyn Wallace), his wife of 63 years. They were married on Sept. 14, 1942. She preceded him in death in 2005.
After serving honorably with the military, Spencer worked for the M.A. Hanna mining company as an underground iron ore miner in Iron River for 30 years, retiring in 1975. He later worked for the Federal Government as a mining inspector with the then Mine Enforcement Safety Administration in Macon, Ga. He retired from federal service in 1984 and built a home in the hills of Northern Georgia. In 2002, he and Carolyn moved to Green Bay to be closer to their sons, grandchildren and other family members.
Spencer was a past member of the Iron River Masonic Lodge and a member of the American Legion, Post 36, West Bend. He also worked as a reserve officer for the Michigan State Patrol in Iron River for several years.
Spencer enjoyed the many hours he spent carving with a circle of friends at the Senior Center in Green Bay, In particular, he enjoyed the company of a special friend and companion, Roger Young. There were many others in the group who supported him and made his life that much brighter.
He was a lifelong hunter, fisherman and woodsman. He spent hours sitting on stumps waiting for the perfect buck, which never seemed to appear. He spent countless hours drowning worms in futile attempts to catch fish day after day, year after year, never tiring of the activity. His wife and sons joined him day after day, year after year in the early years and encouraged him in the later years. He particularly enjoyed fishing for coho and brown trout with friends in Algoma, Kewaunee and Sturgeon Bay. A good friend named Don Piette joined him often on the shorelines and docks in Kewaunee. He enjoyed the camaraderie even more than the fishing.
Spencer is survived by two sons, Richard (Susette) of West Bend and Carl (Georgene) of De Pere; three grandchildre, Keith (fiancé Bonnie, and her children Chad and Ali) of West Bend, Nathan (Victoria) of De Pere and Kristin of Brooklyn, N.Y., and one great-grandchild, Isabella of Monroe, N.Y. He also leaves behind his nephew, Jim (Pamela) of De Pere, and niece Karin (Denis) of Florence.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents; two brothers, Carl and Clarence; and a sister, Elizabeth.
The family would like to thank the staff of St. Vincent Hospital for their excellent care, kindness and compassion - especially the ninth floor staff of nurses, assistants, housekeeping and food service. In addition, the staff at Unity Hospice made Spencerís final days those of comfort and compassion.
Spencer will be missed.
The family will hold a private ceremony at a later date and will hold a celebration of his life for family and friends.