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David Spencer MD, 88

Jun 19, 2020

David Spencer

Formerly of Blue Earth David Spencer, MD, physician, educator and avid sports man, age 88, passed away peacefully following a major stroke on May 29, 2020. He left us just over a year after the death of his beloved bride of 65 years, Beverly.

The youngest of a family of five from Blue Earth, David is preceded in death by his parents, John and Gertrude and siblings, Eldon (Marie), Veronica (Jerry), Bernard (Carol), and William. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Elizabeth, brother-in-law, LeRoy Schwen (Arlene deceased) and sister-in-law, Loretta Rein (John deceased).

David graduated from the University of St. Thomas, Class of 1953, and married his high school sweetheart Beverly Schwen in December of that same year. David graduated from St. Louis University Medical School, Class of 1958, and served as a doctor in the US Navy and the US Navy Reserve from 1959-68. In 1961 the family moved to Anoka, where David began his practice in family medicine.

Dave and Bev were passionate supporters of the community and as devout Catholics were active members of St. Stephen’s Church. Dave served several terms on the Anoka-Hennepin School Board and was a charter member of Mercy Hospital.

In 1970 he joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota as Assistant Professor of Medicine and became Program Director of Family Practice at Fairview/St. Mary’s (1971-80).

David accepted the directorship of Family Practice for the University of Illinois in 1980 and served as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Family Practice at Southern Illinois University Medical School (1980-86). David remained active in Education and proudly served as Medical Director for Libertas Chemical Dependency Center in Springfield, Illinois (1984-93). Not only was this an opportunity to get back to direct patient care but also allowed him to work alongside his wife Bev a counselor at the facility.

In 1994 Dave and Bev returned to the Twin Cities to be closer to family, they joined Transfiguration Catholic Church and remained active in gardening, travel and participating in the lives of their 24 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

David leaves behind his seven children, Tom (Michele), Michael (Laurie), Marybeth (Randall) Dyson, Colleen (Monty) Wenzel, Patricia (Tim) Roddy, Stephen (Stephanie), and Anne (Alexander) Tretinyak.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, June 15, at Transfiguration Catholic Church in Oakdale. Private interment was at Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorials preferred to Transfiguration Catholic Church or The Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver, Woodbury.

O’Halloran and Murphy Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.