Tom Spencer, of Antigo, died Tuesday, October 13, 2020, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was 75 years old. He was born on April 18, 1945, in Lily, a son of Thomas and Eva (Antone) Spencer. He married Rosella Yakey on November 12, 1982, in Menominee, Michigan.
Tom served in the United States Army from 1963 to 1965.
He had a long career as a truck driver. He started working with his dad logging, he worked for Distributors Limited for 13 years and owned and operated Thomas Spencer Trucking until his death.
Tom was a member of the Oneida Nation and a life member of the OOIDA (Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association).
He treasured his annual family trip to the Milwaukee Zoo for the 4th of July and spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Rosella; four sons, Josh Spencer, David Spencer, Bill (Karen) Sable and Roger (Sue) Sable; a daughter, Mary Spencer; grandchildren; Chevy, Daisy, Raleigh, Jessie (Anna), Cody, Aron, Katie, Johnny, Nichole, Billie Joe and several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Debra (Rob) Lindemann and Lynda Spencer; seven brothers, Doc (Rose) Spencer, Jim (Pat) Spencer, Ron (Sandy) Spencer, Dan Spencer, Bill (Becky) Spencer, Ken (Sue) Pacer and Dave (April) Bedford; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Emily Rose Spencer and Amy Lynn Spencer; brothers, Randy Spencer and Lee Spencer; and sisters, Judith Spencer and Bonnie Spencer.
A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, October 19, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at SS Mary & Hyacinth Catholic Church with Rev. Joel Sember officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Bradley Funeral Home.
Burial will take place in Bent Cemetery on Tuesday at 1 p.m. where Antigo Veterans will provide Military Honors.
"I?m so sorry to hear of Tom?s passing.
I?ll remember him as such a big hearted guy with a great laugh.
I remember him as the young hellion he was and don?t know anyone who worked at becoming a better guy living a better life.
Rosella, I think his love for you and family made everything worthwhile and combined with the big heart he had I would say he became the person so many hope to.
The last time I saw him I remember he shook my hand with that big ?paw? of his and smiled telling me ?thank you, you?re a good friend ?
with that big friendly smile......
It touched me then as now, I will miss bs-ing with him and admire and respect the man he became.
I believe God will accept him with open arms and he will go right to work getting a place ready for you Rosella, and the rest of the family.
Be proud of him, he was quite a man!"
"To the Spencer family's I'm so sorry for your loss..
My heart goes out to you all.
Tom was amazing guy n will never be forgotten.
Rosella and Family, I am praying for your healing, Tom was so amazing I am so blessed that he was a part of my life. I know he loved his family so much, he was so proud of all you, his chest would puff out a bit when he spoke of his family. Tom will always be with us in spirit."
"Dear Rosella and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and love in the memories you cherish of Tom and dear Emily."
"Dear Rosella and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and love in the memories you cherish of both Tom and dear Emily."
"Rest In Peace Uncle Tom, you are one of my favorites, every time you saw me you always had a smile and a hug for me. Thank you for that, it meant more than I can say! I wish more than anything that I would?ve spent more time with you. I?m so sorry that you had to go through everything you?ve had to. I?m praying for Aunt Rosella, Josh, Mary & your other children & grandchildren. I have always loved you. I?ll see you again someday. Give my Momma & Emily hugs up there. Gonna miss you!"
"I met Tom when i was a little girl and he always made time to talk to me when ever i met up with him. Rossella im so sorry for your lost. You are the only woman that tamed him down. He is driving the highways of heaven with all his trucking buddy and Emily is right there with him. Prayers and hugs to you all. Tom will be greatly missed."
"Tom was like a father to me after my father passed away, I will miss him dearly , I love you Tom and I will see you again someday RIP Tom , you will be missed "
"Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Tom was a friend to many here at Stella-Jones he will be greatly missed."
"Tom was like a father to me. met him 17 years ago or so. always cherished are conversations and running the highways together. will miss him greatly. prayers to the family "
"I'd known Tom for alot of years. Mostly in his younger years. So sorry for your loss. Sending comforting thoughts and prayers."
"My heartfelt sympathies go out to the entire family. Tom was one of a kind. He and Doc were always so patient and kind to me when I would go out and bother them when they worked for my dad. Later when I became a bit of a rebel in my teen years, he always had my back when I'd get a little to mouthy for my own good. I will never forget him. May God grant you all the peace that passes all understanding and the strength to make it through this difficult time."
"I'm so sorry for your loss, Rosella and family. You're all in my thoughts and prayers. May God carry you through this difficult time."