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Rev. Elmer "Hoover" Spence, 86, of Mentor for the past, 54 years formerly of West Virginia, died December 28, 2017 at Salida Woods Assisted Living, Mentor.
He was born March 27, 1931 in Belo, West Virginia.

Elmer faithfully served the Lord as a minister at the Madison Avenue Church of Christ for over 30 years and also at the Mentor Church of Christ for 18 years. His greatest pleasure in life was being able to spread and teach the gospel through his sermons and through song.
On any day other than Sunday if the weather was nice Elmer could be found fishing on Lake Erie, an activity that he enjoyed as much as anything. He would often even say with a smile on his face that it was, "against the law to work when the fish are biting". He also enjoyed hunting, working in his garage and putting together fish fries for his congregation, family or friends. Above all he enjoyed being with his family.
Elmer is survived by his sons, John "Jay" (Barbara) Spence and Len (Gail) Spence; his grandchildren Michael Spence, Kim (Juston) Osborne, Daniel (Terai) Spence and Sara Spence; his great-grandchildren Easton, Madison, Nicole, Damon and Cameron; and his sister Cleo Wiant along with many loving nieces and nephews
Preceding Elmer in death is his loving wife of 62 years Mary M. "Maggie" Spence; his granddaughter Alicia Spence; parents Okey Ray and Audra Spence; 8 loving brothers and 1 loving sister.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 pm Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the Brunner Sanden Deitrick Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 8466 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060. The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, January 4, 2018 at the funeral home.
Interment will be in Western Reserve Memorial Gardens, Chester Twp. In memory of Elmer and in lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland 44110-2602, donate online at or to the Madison Avenue Church of Christ, 742 Madison Ave., Painesville, OH 44077. Send flowers and offer condolences at