Orlo Spence


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Updated: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 05:50:03 CST

Orlo Wendell Spence, 82, of Polk, died at the Veteran's Medical Center in Grand Island on Sunday, November 10, 2013. Memorial services will be held on Friday, November 15 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Polk with Pastor Mark Hartley officiating. Interment will be in the Gruitley Cemetery near Monroe at a later date. Solt Funeral Home in Polk is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.soltfh.com.

Orlo was born on October 7, 1931, in Oakland, Iowa to Neil J. and Edna Mae (Fichter) Spence. The family spent many of his growing up years in the Council Bluffs, Iowa area; but also lived in several communities in Nebraska, including Dunning where Orlo graduated from Dunning High School. On August 28, 1950, Orlo entered the United States Army and served until August 27, 1953. After his honorable discharge from the military, Orlo went to live in Grand Island and worked for Hooker Brothers Sand and Gravel. On November 25, 1955, Orlo was united in marriage to Dorothy D. Eisenmann in Yankton, South Dakota. They lived in Guthrie Center, Iowa where Orlo worked for Flynn Dairy and in Lincoln, where he was a salesman for Prairie Made Meats and Fairbury Meats. In 1987, they moved to Polk. Orlo drove school bus until 2002 and then delivered signs for Tri City Signs in Grand Island.

Orlo was a member of American Legion Post 132 in Stromsburg; he enjoyed working on cars, fishing and camping.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Dorothy of Polk; his daughter - Pamela Spence of Polk; three sons - Michael and Leslie Spence and Reginald Spence and Melissa Lonowski all of Hordville; and Timothy and Sue Spence of Waverly; nine grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother - Duane; a brother - Jack; and his daughter-in-law - Cheryl Spence in 1986.