James Robert “Bob” Spencer, 87, of Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 5:28 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Mo.

James Robert “Bob” Spencer, 87, of Hannibal, Mo., passed away at 5:28 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Mo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Hannibal, Mo. Burial will be at Holy Family Cemetery in Hannibal, Mo., with full military honors by Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post #55.

Friends and family are invited to Bob’s life celebration at a visitation on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the James O’Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal, Mo.

Bob was married on May 13, 1950, in Hannibal, Mo., to Elizabeth “Betty” M. Terry. She preceded him in death on Dec. 3, 1995.

Also preceding Bob in death were his parents; an infant son, David M. Spencer; one brother, Paul Spencer; and one sister, Theresa Spencer.

Survivors include: five children, James R. Spencer Jr. (Terry) of Quincy, Ill., Steve Spencer of Hannibal, Mo., Marsha Medley of St. Louis, Mo., Charlotte Maddox of Hannibal, Mo. and Laura Stoverock of Hannibal, Mo.; one brother, Leon Spencer of Grand Prairie, Texas; and one sister, Dorothy Bastean of Trenton, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Bob worked as a mechanic for eight years for Louis Buchanan, then joined the service. He served his country as a member of the United States Army, serving during the Korean Conflict. After the service, Bob joined the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier, retiring after 29 years as a carrier.

Bob enjoyed fishing, wood carving, wood working and camping. He was a talented craftsman and loved to work in his wood shop in the basement. In his retirement, Bob liked to travel with his wife, Betty.

Bob’s was a faithful member of Holy Family Catholic Church. He prayed the Rosary daily and was active in the 55+ Club at Holy Family.

Pallbearers will be Leighanna Marsh, Bobby Spencer, Jacob Spencer, Adam Whitney, Annette Spencer and Leighton Jones.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Family Catholic Church.

Online condolences and video tribute may be viewed online at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com.