-BLAINE COUNTY JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                                              Wednesday, September 8, 1999

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JAMES SPENCER

  James J. Spencer, 75, passed away on Friday, September 3, 1999, in Helena. Vigil services were held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 6, at St. Paul's Mission in Hays. Funeral Mass was held at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in Chinook at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 7, with burial with military honors following in the Kuper Memorial Cemetery. Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook was in charge of arrangeents.

  Jim was born on May 22, 1924, in Browning, MT to Easter Stevens and was adopted by James B. Spencer. He attended schools in Dodson, St. Paul's Mission at Hays (where he was a member of the first graduating class) and Carroll College. He served in the South Pacific during World War II.

  On November 8, 1952, he married Aurelia Chandler in Glasgow and they lived and ranched south of Chinook on Cow Creek and at Putnam Lake. Jim enjoyed riding his horses, hunting, playing card games and telling stories.

  Survivors include sons, James Bryan Spencer of Billings, Steve Spencer of Chinook, and Michael Spencer of San Diego, CA; daughters, Tracy Spencer of Madras, OR, Cheri Munn of Helena, and Jami Whiteman of Billings; sisters, Sally Ann Pankratz of Harlem and Molly Jo Mugh of Dodson; 12 gradchildren and three great grandchildren.

  He was preceded in death by his wife, Aurelia, in 1979.

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James J. Spencer

CHINOOK - James J. Spencer, 75, passed away Sept. 3, in Helena. Mr. Spencer was born May 22, 1924, in Browning to Esther Stevens and was adopted by James B. Spencer. He attended schools in Dodson, St. Paul's Mission in Hays (was in the first graduating class) and Carroll College. He fought in WWII in the south Pacific where he earned the Purple Heart. He married Aurelia Chandler on Nov. 8, 1952, in Glasgow. They lived and ranched south of Chinook on Cow Creek and at Putnam Lake. He enjoyed riding his horses, hunting, playing card games and telling stories.

Vigil services will be held Sept. 6, at St. Paul's Mission in Hays at 7 p.m. Mass will be at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m. with burial in Kuper Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Spencer is survived by sons, James Bryan Spencer of Billings, Steve Spencer of Chinook, Michael Spencer of San Diego, Calif.; and daughters, Tracy Spencer of Madras, Ore., Cheri Munn of Helena, and Jami Whiteman of Billings. He is also survived by sisters, Sally Ann Pankratz of Harlem, and Molly Jo Minugh of Dodson, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His wife died in 1979.

Edwards Funera1 Home of Chinook is in charge of arrangements.

 

Billings Gazette Vitals 9-6-1999

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