Dennis Spencer, 69, Rhinelander, died Feb. 1, 2014, at the Wausau Aspirus Hospital.
He was born Oct. 29, 1944, in Milwaukee, ] to Thomas and Emily (Kimbark) Spencer. He attended schools in the Elroy area, graduating from the Royall High School in 1962. Denny then served with the U.S. Navy for four years. After his honorable discharge from the service he returned to Wisconsin and then Rhinelander in 1971, where he has lived since.
Denny was in the tavern business for many years. He first had Happy Daze in Lake Tomahawk, then Spencer’s Den in downtown Rhinelander and finally Spencer’s Den in the town of Pine Lake. His real love although, was hunting and fishing. He worked as a guide for many years and was an original partner in Musky Buster Lures.
He loved to share the fish and wild game with his kids and grandkids. His other loves were the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, Milwaukee Brewers and of course his dogs, the Boston Terriers.
Denny was a kind-hearted man who people loved and looked forward to seeing.
Denny is survived by his wife, Sherry; his four sons, Steven (Janie) Spencer, Shane (Kieran) Spencer and Scott (Amy) Spencer, all of Rhinelander, and Stace (Stacy) Spencer of La Crosse; his two stepsons, Shannon Spencer of Appleton, and Christopher Young of Anderson, S.C.; his 13 grandchildren, Sadie, Newey, Sallie, Sammy, Nick, Tait, Trecci, Mabel, Lulu, Amelia, Archie, Nikita and Savannah; his sister, Muriel Spencer-Tate of Chicago, Ill.; and other family and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his twin brother, Douglas.
Visitation for Denny will be held Friday, Feb. 7, 3-5 p.m., at the Carlson Funeral Home, Rhinelander.
Interment will be at The Newbold Memorial Cemetery.
You may leave your private condolences for the Spencer family at www.carlsonfh.com.
A memorial is being established in Denny’s name and can be directed to his family.
The Carlson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.