Frank Spicer, 94, passed away on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at the Missouri Veteran's Home, Warrensburg of complications resulting from pneumonia.
Mr. Spicer, a former resident of the Holden area, was a well-known and respected farmer, cattleman and dairyman in Johnson County. He was born August 17, 1916 at Route 1, Centerview, MO, the son of Vivian Edward and Ida Mitchell Spicer. He graduated in 1939 from Central Missouri State Teachers College with a degree in Industrial Arts. On April 24, 1943 he married Katye Nichols in Douglas, Georgia.
Mr. Spicer served in World War II as a Crew Chief in the Army Air Corps from November 1941 until August 1945. He was awarded the Presidential Citation and the Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters for Valor for his bravery on D-Day. He also received seven bronze stars for campaigns in the Rhineland, Central Europe, Ardennes, Northern France, Southern France, Normandy, and Italy. He was also given the American Defense Service Ribbon, three Overseas Bars, a Unit Citation Badge and the Good Conduct Medal. After the war, he and Katye moved to Johnson County where he returned to the family farm. Mr. Spicer and his late wife, Katye, were long-time members of the Blackwater Methodist Church.
Mr. Spicer was the former president of the Johnson County Farm Bureau and served on the boards of the Mid-America Dairy Board, Soil Conservation, M.F.A. and was member of the Federal Land Bank Board for twenty-four years. He was also a lifetime member of the Sedalia West Central Missouri Archaeological Society. During the last two and a half years of his life, he resided at the Missouri Veterans Home, Warrensburg where he was President of the Neighbors' Association. On September 30, 2009, he participated in an Honor Flight trip to Washington, D.C. with 39 other WWII veterans. At 93, he was the oldest person on the trip and one of the oldest veterans ever to make an Honor Flight trip.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Katye Nichols Spicer in 2007. He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Spicer Doyle and her husband, Robert, of Overland Park, KS and one granddaughter, Karen Doyle Poland and her husband, Valor Poland of Seattle, Washington.
Burial will be private. Friends are invited to a visitation on Friday, December 3, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Williams Funeral Chapel, Warrensburg. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, December 4, at 3:30 p.m. also at Williams Funeral Chapel. Memorials may be sent to the Veterans Assistance League, Missouri Veterans Home, 1300 Veterans Road, Warrensburg, MO 64093.
Online condolences may be left at www.williamsfuneralchapel.net