Obituary published Sept. 27, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger
On September 25, 2012 Leslie "Spencer" Wegener passed away at Bluffs in Columbia MO at the age of 86, after a few weeks of hospice care.
Services will be at Memorial Funeral Home on Friday September the 28th with a Visitation at 2:00 pm and Memorial Service at 3:30pm.
Spencer was born on April 17th 1926 to Leslie Harrison and Mary Powell Wegener in Columbia MO. Spencer was educated at Carter School and attended Hickman High School where he graduated in 1943. In the fall of the same year he was drafted into US Army taking basic training at Fort Hood in TX, and then sent by troop ship to the Philippines Islands. While in the Philippines he served with 32ndInfantry on Luzon Island, returning by way of Japan after the end of World War II. After returning to Boone County Spencer enrolled in the University of Missouri, Columbia campus. In 1951 Spencer graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Soils. After graduation Spencer began his 61 year career as a farmer, first farming with his dad then with two partners. He spent countless hours tilling, seeding, and spraying and harvesting crops on both his home farm as well as few thousand acres in Howard County. Spencer was very passionate about soil conservation and did many erosion control projects on his loved home farm. While living in the Woodlandville area Spencer served on the Midway School Board, The Boone County Farm Service Agency Board, and the Callahan Creek Watershed Board. Spencer was an active participant in the Woodlandville United Methodist where he taught the adult Sunday school class for about 20 years.
On August 1st 1953, Spencer was married to Shirley Semon at the Woodlandville United Methodist Church. To this marriage were born two sons Leslie Alan and William Spencer.
Spencer is survived his wife of 59 years Shirley Wegener, Two sons Leslie Alan (Colleen) Wegener and William "Bill" Spencer Wegener, Three grandchildren Duane Spencer Wegener, Carl Harrison Wegener, and Holly May Wegener.
Spencer was preceded in death by both is parents, his Sister, Leah Couick of Boonville MO and Daughter in law, Beverly Wegener of Midway MO.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Woodlandville United Methodist Church in care of Lisa Scott 5701 West Wilhite Road, Columbia MO 65202.
Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com