Danny Lee Spencer
Danny Lee Spencer, 68, of Lenexa, KS passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 3rd, in his home surrounded by friends and family.
Dan was born on February 1st, 1954 in Ames, IA, and was raised by his father Herbert and stepmother Marjorie Spencer and his mother Ada, and stepfather LeRoy Downs. Dan graduated from Ames High School in 1972 and Drake University in 1976. He married his high school sweetheart, Sharon Holmes, in 1974, and together, they raised and cared for their two children – Chad and Ryan.
Always a numbers guy, Dan was a dedicated tax accountant who took great pride in his work ethic. A loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Dan loved coaching Chad in Little League baseball, and later, attending as many of his grandchildren’s events as he could. Dan and Sharon loved to travel – especially with close friends and family – and were lucky enough to enjoy many places in the States and in England and Puerto Rico.
Dan had a “pay it forward” attitude after receiving a donated liver in 2013 and was proud to serve on the board of The Gift of Life – Kansas City. His final wishes were granted as he himself became a donor after his passing.
Dan was preceded in death by his son Ryan, parents Ada and LeRoy Downs, and father-in-law Richard Holmes. Left to cherish his memory: wife Sharon Spencer of Lenexa, KS, son Chad (Melissa) Spencer of Lenexa, KS and grandchildren Lucas and Amelia, parents Herbert and Marjorie Spencer of Anamosa, IA, mother-in-law Marsha Holmes of Ames, IA, sisters Deborah (Dennis) Bohlken and Tina (Robert) Tweedt, brothers Tony (Noel) Spencer, Tad and David Downs, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A casual celebration of Dan’s life will be held at the Homewood Golf Course Community Room on Saturday, April 16th from 12-2:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Gift of Life – KC at giftdonor.org; checks can be sent to Gift of Life – KC 6405 Metcalf Ave. Ste 109, Overland Park 66202. Dan was passionate about organ donation; to register as an organ donor visit http://www.organdonor.gov.