Ralph Glover Spencer of Shawnee died Oct. 23, 2011, at age 84 in his home of natural causes.


Captain Ralph Glover Spencer, United States Navy Retired and Attorney at Law
Ralph Glover Spencer of Shawnee died Oct. 23, 2011, at age 84 in his home of natural causes.
The son of Carl and Dr. Ruth Glover Spencer of Rush Springs, he was born Feb. 14, 1927, in Norman. Mr. Spencer had fond memories of being raised by his maternal grandparents, Dr. Sterling R. Glover and Alma Morie Glover of Rush Springs.
A veteran of World War II and a combat veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Captain Spencer served his country for 30 years. As a junior officer, he served onboard the USS Wisconsin (BB-64) during the Korean War and later as Executive Officer of the USS Saint Paul (CA-73) during Vietnam, conducting Naval Gunfire support and pilot rescue in both assignments.
During his career, Captain Spencer commanded five naval vessels, to include the USS McMorris (DE-1036) and the USS Sellers (DDG-11) and Commanding Officer of USS Schofield (FFG-3) pre-commissioning. His bravery and leadership in times of combat were recognized through notable personal decorations including the Legion of Merit, with Combat “V,” the Bronze Star, with Combat “V,” and Air Medals, 1st through 5th. He was also decorated through various service medals, victory medals and foreign awards for service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam: The Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal (with two stars), Meritorious Unit Commendation and Combat Action Ribbon, to name a few.
After retiring from naval service in 1973, Captain Spencer began a second career as an expert in wills, trusts and estate planning. He first worked at the Harris Bank in Chicago as a Trust Officer. In 1975, he transitioned to the First National Bank and Trust Company at Muskogee as a Vice President and Trust Officer. In 1978, he came to Shawnee as the Senior Vice President and Trust Officer for American National Bank and Trust Company of Shawnee (now known as ARVEST). Mr. Spencer retired from ANB in June 1994.
Ralph Spencer was dedicated to community service and remained an active member of this community. A lifetime supporter of the Boy Scouts of America, he was one of the first Scouts in Oklahoma to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout and set the tone for multiple generations of Eagle Scouts within the Spencer family.
He joined The Economic Club of Oklahoma in 1980 and became a Veteran member of the Club in 2008. Mr. Spencer was also an active supporter and adviser to the Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics (OSSM) in Oklahoma City. He was a principal member of the committee that founded the OSSM Society to support the school, serving on the society’s Board of Trustees for many years. The society’s “Ralph Spencer Award” was created to recognize his contributions to OSSM and is presented annually to the graduating senior whose public service best exemplifies Mr. Spencer’s spirit of service to the community.
He graduated from Rice University through the Naval V-12 program and the University of Oklahoma’s School of Law in 1949. That year he was admitted to the American and Oklahoma Bar Associations and, despite years of deployment and combat, maintained lifelong continuous memberships in both bar associations.
On June 24, 1949, Ralph married Betty Ann Chambers of Lawton. Ralph and Betty Ann raised five children — Sterling, Ralph, Ann, Sara and Victor. They lived in New York, California, Virginia, Washington, South Carolina, Illinois and Oklahoma. The two remained happily married until Betty Ann’s death Oct. 14, 1992.
On Jan. 25, 1996, Ralph Spencer married Mary Jeske in Decatur, Texas. In his retirement, Ralph remained active with his many community associations. Mary and Ralph enjoyed travelling throughout the United States and took special pleasure attending the reunions associated with the ships’ personnel and colleagues he had met throughout his Naval career. Ralph and Mary remained happily married throughout the rest of Ralph’s life.
Captain Spencer is preceded in death by his parents, Carl H. Spencer and Dr. Ruth Glover Spencer, of Rush Springs, and his first wife, Betty Ann Chambers, of Lawton.
He is survived by his wife, Mary J. Spencer, of the home, his five children, 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and his brother, Dr. Roger C. Spencer of Pharr, Texas.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, at Resthaven Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, at Resthaven Funeral Home. A private cremation will later follow the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Boy Scouts of America through the local council’s annual Friends of Scouting Campaign or to a charity of your choice in Mr. Spencer’s memory. Contributions to the Local Scout Council may be made by check to: Last Frontier Council, Gaylord Scout Service Center, 3031 NW 64th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73116.
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