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J.W. ‘Wally’ Spence

Sep 12, 2009

FT. MYERS, Fla. – Memorial services will be held at a later date for J.W. ‘Wally’ Spence, 86, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at Health Park Hospital in Ft. Myers, Fla.

Wally was born and raised in Winterset and moved to Estherville in 1964 where he was manager of the N.W. Bell Telephone office. He married Ruth Hackett Irwin on Aug. 16, 1969.

Ruth and Wally moved to South Florida in 1978 when Wally retired. They made their home in Ft. Myers, Fla., ever since.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Ruth; three sons, Mike Spence, Wall Lake, John Irwin, Wichita, Kan., and David Irwin, Ft. Myers, Fla.; four daughters, Marilyn Devine, Atlanta, Diane Irwin, Sanibel, Fla., Sue Irwin Paulin, Deltona, Fla., and Anne Rashad, Cedar Falls; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Condolences may be sent to: Ruth Spence, 1628 S. Hermitage Road, Ft. Myers, FL 33919.