Friday, May 14, 2021

Kenneth Lutz Spicer

Name of Deceased Kenneth Lutz Spicer
Age 101
Date of Death 04/29/2021
Date of Birth 10/06/1919
Funeral Home Wetzler Funeral Service

Kenneth Lutz Spicer, 101, of Bellefonte, passed away at home on Thursday, April 29, 2021. Born on October 6, 1919 in rural Bellefonte, he was the son of the late Malcolm A. and Verna (Lutz) Spicer. On December 25, 1941, in the Army Chapel in Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, he married his beloved wife, Mary Carolyn (Scitti) Spicer, who preceded him in death on September 15, 1976, after sharing nearly 35 years of marriage together. 

Ken was a 1940 graduate of Bellefonte High School. He entered the United States Army on September 18, 1941. Following completion of Basic Training exercises in the United States and Ireland, Sgt. Spicer and the 8th Infantry Division landed as an amphibious force on Utah Beach, Normandy, on July 4, 1944. Staff Sgt. Spicer’s 8th Infantry Campaigns included: Normandy France (July 4, 1944 – July 24, 1944), Northern France (July 25, 1944 – September 14, 1944), Rhineland Germany (September 15, 1944 – March 21, 1945), and Central Europe (March 22, 1945 – May 11, 1945). During his time in the service, he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with four bronze stars, before he was honorably discharged on September 17, 1945. 

Ken remained a life long Dairy Farmer, Cattle Hauler, and former partner and shareholder in various local Sale Barns. 

He is survived by three children, Ronald L. Spicer (Cynthia Rose) of Bellefonte, David H. Spicer (Kathy Kauffman) of Julian, and Emily V. Spicer (Gregg Moore) of Harrisburg; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Spicer (Chris Crady) of Fuquay-Varina, NC, Matthew Spicer (Angel Woodward) of Port Matilda, Marianne Spicer- Teixeira (Robert) of Durham, NC, Christopher McMurtrie (Natalie) of Pittsburgh, Trent Holderman of Harrisburg, Nick Spicer of Julian, and Joshua Spicer of Julian; step granddaughter, Stevie Miller Delozier, four great-grandchildren, Declan McMurtrie, Nolan McMurtrie, Braden Crady, and Lillian Teixeira; and seven step great-grandchildren, Austin Teixeira, Savannah Teixeira, Colten Teixeira, Snow Lynn Teixeira, Skylar Woodward, Brooke Woodward, and Olivia Confer. 

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Sharon M. Spicer, on October 10, 2015. 

Ken served as the Treasurer/Secretary of Meyer Cemetery in Bellefonte for over 40 years. He loved all his animals dearly and was especially fond of his numerous barn cats over the years. 

There will be a public viewing held on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, from 11am-1pm, at Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. at 206 N. Spring Street, Bellefonte. Funeral services will begin at the funeral home at 1pm with Pastor Doug Conway officiating. A graveside service with full military honors will immediately follow at Meyer Cemetery in Bellefonte. Following CDC recommendations, social distancing is encouraged, and face coverings will be required at all services.