|1/22/2020 10:30:00 AM|
Brian Spencer, 65, of Windom died Jan. 15, 2020, at Windom Area Health.
Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom with Father Pratap officiating.
Special music was provided by Colleen Ortmann, organist; Tom Zimmerman and Nadine Forman, vocalists.
Lectors were Deb Grote and Katie Yarger. Server was Joe LaCanne. Urn bearer was Ethan Spencer Schmit.
Honorary bearers were Brian's grandchildren and great-grandchild: Katie (Leon) Yarger, Emily Grote, Hannah Redmond, Jacob Redmond, Ethan (Darian) Schmit, Kyra Schmit, Linc Schmit, Sage Schmit and Case Yarger.
Burial was at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery in Windom.
Visitation with Parish Prayers was Monday at LaCanne Family Funeral Service of Windom, which handled the funeral arrangements.
Brian Robert Spencer was born June 16, 1954, to Robert M. and Mary Jean (Skarin) Spencer in Blue Earth.
He received his education in Blue Earth Public Schools, graduating in 1972. He moved to Windom in 1980.
In 1981, Brian married Patricia Follen in Blue Earth. He accepted her five children as his own. They lived in Windom their entire 38 years of marriage.
Brian worked as assistant manager at Pamida for several years, as dairy manager at Hy-Vee for many years and at AGCO in Jackson for three years until retiring in January 2018.
That same month, Brian accepted a part-time job as a bus driver at Good Samaritan Society-Sogge Memorial in Windom. He enjoyed driving residents to their appointments.
A lifelong Packers fan, Brian married into a family of Vikings fans but was a good sport about it.
He will be remembered as caring, patient and an involved "Gramps."
A longtime member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Windom, Brian assisted with mass preparations.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Spencer; and sister, Marsha Martin.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Spencer of Windom; five children: Deb (Mike) Grote of Madelia; Laurie (Mike) Redmond and Terry Schmit, all of Windom; Tony (Holly) Schmit of Lakefield; and Chris (Jessica) Schmit of New Ulm; his mother, Mary Jean Spencer of Spicer; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; and a sister, Lori (Phil) Bahr of New London.