Ted Spencer, 78

Ted Spencer, age 78 of Brewster, died March 26, 2013, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney. Funeral services were Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Brewster Gymnasium in Brewster, with the Rev. David Hansen officiating. Interment was in the Brewster Cemetery, with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements. Memorials are suggested to the Brewster Fire and Rescue Unit. Ted was born July 8, 1934, at home to Roy and Elma (Copp) Spencer. Ted grew up on the family ranch and attended rural school through the eighth grade. He continued his education in Brewster and finished with two years in Curtis. Ted was united in marriage to Shirley Kelly Aug. 10, 1955. Ted and Shirley lived on the family ranch working with his parents and brothers. The place was later divided and he continued the ranch work he loved with his wife and children. He took great joy in caring for animals; and his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren treasured the opportunity to work alongside him whenever possible. Ted served on the ASCS board, the Co-op board, and the Brewster School Board. His greatest pride was his family. He will be greatly missed. Survivors include his wife, Shirley; son, Ronald (Carolyn) Spencer of Grand Island; daughter, Deanna (David) Eggert of Hallam; sisters, Ima Stapleton and Sandra Erickson of Green Valley, Ariz., and Dixie (Duane) Gaedke of North Platte; brother, Jerry (Edna) Spencer of Chadron; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and 15 step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, and one brother.