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Raymond Bryce Spencer

Des Moines

R.B. (Raymond Bryce) Spencer, 78, passed away Monday, March 5, 2018, at Mercy Hospice House in Johnston.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Monday, March 19, at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Ave., in Des Moines. Burial service will follow May 25 at Greenlawn Cemetery in Afton.

R.B. was born Oct. 2, 1939, in Creston, to W. Bryce and Freeda (Taylor) Spencer of Afton. He was a graduate of Afton High School and later joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served four years as a helicopter crew chief in the reserves.

He and his wife Gretchen were married Aug. 8, 1964, and made their home in Yorba Linda, California. One of R.B’s greatest joys was their son Bryce, born Sept. 24, 1965. They shared many interests and hobbies and enjoyed doing everything together. 

After 25 years with Orange County Food Service, R.B. retired and turned his lifelong love of classic auto restoration into R.B.’s Autos, and the business allowed him to enjoy a second successful career. To his delight, his Corvettes won trophies and his restoration projects were photographed for magazine publication. He also loved motocross racing and made a hobby of owning and racing motorcycles.

He is survived by his wife Gretchen, son Bryce, brother Stanford, sister-in-law Emily and niece Lynn Wheeler.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials honoring him may be directed to Mercy Hospice House in Johnston or the Animal Rescue League of Des Moines.

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