Bernard "Red" William Spence, 79, of Marietta, passed away Friday morning (Nov. 9, 2012) at Marietta Memorial Hospital. He was born Thursday, May 11, 1933, in Lewisville, Ohio, to the late Homer W. and Sylvia Ullman Spence. He served in the U.S. Army from August 1953 to June of 1955 as a Supply Specialist. Red traveled extensively with his family and friends and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fly fishing and hunting. He was a charter member of Marietta Beagle Club. His other interests were painting watercolor landscapes and sharing his memorized poems and stories. Red worked as a barber for 16 years, owned a sewing center for two and a half years, then went back to Marietta College and graduated to become a teacher. He taught and coached basketball at Wolf Creek Schools for 17 years.
Red was a member of the following organizations: American Legion Post #64, Washington County Retired Teachers Assoc., O.R.T.A., Tunnel One-Room School Restoration, Tunnel Historical Assoc., Morgan County Ducks Unlimited, Blennerhassett Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Tunnel United Methodist Church, Goodfellows Park, and N.R.A.
He was a member of American Union #1 F.&A.M., Valley of Cambridge Scottish Rite, and York Rite Bodies of Marietta Chapter, Council and Commandery and a member of Aladdin Shrine of Columbus, Ohio.
Red is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ruth Martin Spence; one son, Todd W. Spence (Susan) of McConnelsville, Ohio; one daughter, Tangie R. Rumbold (Ken) of Marietta; and two grandchildren, Kate Elizabeth Spence of Columbus, Ga., and Abbey Elizabeth Rumbold of Pittsburgh, Pa.; as well as other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, James Lewis Spence; and a sister, Virginia Mae Ashley.
Visitation will be held on Sunday (Nov. 11) at Hadley Funeral Home Reno Chapel from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 with American Union Lodge #1 conducting a Masonic Service at 8 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday (Nov. 20) at 7 p.m. at the Tunnel United Methodist Church with full military rites.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Tunnel One-Room School Restoration Project, in care of JoAnn Ingram, 500 Wynncrest Drive, Marietta 45750.
Online condolences may be made to hadleyfh.com