Rash's Surname Index
Notes for Walter Wood SPENCER
Walter Wood Spencer, 87, of Wilmington, Del., and formerly of Chester, a retired chemist and World War II veteran, died Dec. 13.
Mr. Spencer was born and raised in Chester and graduated from Chester High School.
He served as a sergeant in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was stationed in China and India. After the war, he attended Temple University and graduated with a degree in chemistry.
Mr. Spencer was employed as a chemist with the DuPont Co. for 29 years and was involved in the development of zinc oxide and automotive paints for General Motors.
After retiring from DuPont, he worked as a security guard for several years at the Delaware Art Museum. While at the latter, he was the inspiration for the Museum Bear in the children’s book, “Jack in Search of Art” by Arlene Boehm.
Mr. Spencer was a history buff with interests in military aviation and railroad history. He had an extensive collection of railroad lanterns that he enjoyed restoring.
His late wife Peg was a Pilgrim descendant and they often went to elementary schools in the fall to talk about the Pilgrims and their trip to America.
He also had an interest in woodworking. He spent time building small projects for the house and gifts for and with his children and grandchildren.
Mr. Spencer was a quiet, gentle man with a quick, but dry sense of humor.
His wife of 52 years, Peg, died in July.
Survivors: Son, Brint of West Orange, N.J.; daughters, Libby Walker of New Castle, Del., and Mary Lauer of Oak Hill, Va.; six grandchildren.
Memorial Service: 11 a.m. Monday, Chandler Funeral Home, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, Del.
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