Dale Spencer, age 82, of Mena, Arkansaspassed away peacefully at his home onMarch 29, 2019. Dale was surrounded by his wife of 59 years Velda.Dale, also known as D.C., Daddy, Grandpa or Great Grandpa depending on how well you knew him was an avid outdoorsman that valued hard work and efficiency in everything he did. If you ever had the pleasure to meet him you would not soon forget it. He had a hardened exterior with an extensive vocabulary but also offered a kind soul and warm smile to anyone in need.
Dale Clinton Spencer began his career at the age of 23 after completing the AHD Program in 1961. He attended Iola Junior College in Iola, Kansas and graduated from Kansas State College in Manhattan, Kansas with a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering. He received his early education and High School diploma in Welda, Kansas where he was born and raised.He came to the Highway Dept in 1960 after extensive work for the Missouri Pacific Railroad and the Missouri Highway Commission.
In his Career as an engineer, he left a legendary amount of success.While the list of accomplishments in his professional career are long and varied, some of his most proud accomplishments include; being the Resident Engineer for the almost 4 year project “Talimena Scenic Drive” – Previously known as The Ouachita Skyline Drive and bringing Aubrey Tapley Park into existence.He was also responsible for an unlimited number of freeways, highways and byways; bridges, railroad lines and waterway draining systems.
Dale is preceded in death by his parents Elvin and Alma Spencer; brother, Cliff Spencer; sister, Ann Harrison; and daughter, Jacqueline Spencer.
Dale is survived in death by his wife, Velda Spencer; son, Mike Spencer and wife Roberta; daughter, Tyra Alley and husband Richard; 4 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; his brothers Jim and Wayne Spencer; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
An acknowledgement from Andy Brown:“D.C. Spencer was a great friend of mine. I met D.C. when Mena was attempting to build a sports park on Highway 71 North. D.C. was able to take a piece of property, apply his engineering touch and put it on paper. He did this for pennies on the dollar; working by the hour, saving our city tens of thousands of dollars. He oversaw the development of what is now Aubrey Tapley Park. Some people had a dream and D.C. was one of those people that was instrumental in seeing that these dreams were accomplished. This town owes him a lot. His legacy will live on forever. I will personally miss him. “
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting memorials be made in Dale’s honor to a charitable endeavor you feel best represents your connection with Dale and his passions.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena
Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com