May 13, 2019
JAMES E. SPENCE, age 86, of Mildred, Pennsylvania, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at his home with his loving family at his side. Jim was born in Mildred on April 20, 1933, a son of Archie (Cy) and Agnes Harney Spence. He graduated from the Cherry Township High School, a member of the class of 1952. He married Marlene Bahr of Dushore, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 22, 1956. She predeceased him on Nov. 1, 1995. Jim served in the U.S. Army and on returning home, he worked at the Dolly Madison and Foremost Dairies in Dushore. In November 1968, Jim and Marlene purchased the Wonder Bar in Mildred, which they operated until July 1, 1972. During this period, he also worked at the Keihl Mines in Mildred. In 1974, he went to work for Procter and Gamble in Mehoopany, from which he retired in 1994. He also owned his own dump truck and did a lot of hauling for local folks. He was an accomplished wood crafter. Jim was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mildred. Surviving are: Son, James (Lynn) Spence of Lopez, Pennsylvania; three daughters, Susan (Dan) Moyer of Mildred, Maureen (William) Sitas of Stevensville, Pennsylvania, Francine (David) Doyle of Dushore; grandchildren, Daniel Moyer of Mildred, Cheryl Moyer of Wyalusing, MacKenzie Doyle of Dushore, Jake Doyle of Dushore; step-grandchildren, Kimberly (Dean) Eyster of Papillion, Nebraska, Josh (Jennifer) Sitas of Wyalusing; great granddaughter, Isabella Moyer of Mildred; and six step great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, and his faithful companion, Palin. He was predeceased by a brother, John “Jack” Spence on Jan. 14, 1998; sisters, Mildred D. Guglielmi, on Nov. 6, 1995 and Betty Foley, April 16, 1995. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Mildred Fire and Ambulance, PO Box 74, Mildred, PA. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, and will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Basil’s Church, Dushore, with the Rev. Thomas J. Major, his pastor, presiding. Interment will be in St. Basil’s Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA. There will be a Vigil Service at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Military funeral honors will be accorded by members of McDermott Post #452, American Legion, Mildred, and the U.S. Army Honor’s Detail.