John Ernest Spence, Sr.

Nov 6 1944
Sep 4 2018
73 Years
Newark, DE

John Ernest Spence, Sr., 73, of Newark, DE, passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the Compassionate Care Hospice, St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, DE. Born in Wilmington, he was the son of the late James H. Spence, Sr. and Mildred M. Houg Spence. 

John was an area resident all his life. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1961. He was stationed in Guam from 1964 to 1966 and proudly served during the Vietnam War onboard the USS Aircraft Carrier Hancock. 

He was employed as a splicer with the Diamond State Telephone Co. and also Weaver Pole Line Co. 

John was a life member of the VFW Post #475 of Newark, DE. He was an avid football fan and was extremely pleased to see his favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles, win the Superbowl. 

He is survived by three children; John E. Spence, Jr. and wife Teresa of Claymont, DE, Michael Spence and wife Stephanie of Palm Bay, FL, and Tammy Coffey and husband Richard of Claymont, DE, six grandchildren, four great grandchildren and two siblings James H. Spence, Jr. of Ocean View, DE and Jeannine M. Spence Brackin of Dundee, FL. He was preceded in death by his grandson Michael Ratliff.

Funeral services will be private. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to any local Veterans Administration of your choice.

Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg, PA. Online condolences can be posted at 

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Funeral services will be private


I realize words are never enough so I’m sending prayers instead. I love y’all.

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So grateful to have known Uncle Johnny.  I will always remember him as a very smart man who could tell a funny joke.  RIP Uncle Johnny.

Love and prayers for everyone,




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Dad, the last 2 years have been tough. I enjoyed spending every single minute with you. I am so very thankful that we had spent that time together up and until the very end. I love you and will miss you greatly, Johnny

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<p>Words are not enough. You will be remembered with a smile on my face. You did it your way, just the way you lived. We’ll all miss you..</p>

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