Jim Spence

1925 - 2014


In Loving Memory

Jim Spence

November 18, 1925 – January 4, 2014

Longtime Walla Walla businessman and

entrepreneur Jim Spence, 88, died in his

home on January 4, 2014.

He was born November 18, 1925 at

St. Marys in Walla Walla to Clarence and

Frances (James) Spence. He grew up in

Walla Walla and attended Baker School

and Wa-Hi, graduating in 1944. He enjoyed

summer days visiting and working at his

grandparents’ family farms: The James Farm

in Dayton and the Spence Farm in Milton.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corp in WWII training as a tail

gunner on a B-24 Liberator. He was later assigned as a radar

technician specialist in the 8th Air Force in the 467th Bomb

Group based in Rackheath, England. At the conclusion of the

war, receiving rank as a Sergeant, he returned to Walla Walla

and continued working alongside his mother at Spence Tire on

West Main St. Eventually the business was passed down and is

currently owned by his son, Todd Spence.

Jim’s motto was “Work Hard, and Play Harder!” He

pursued race cars, go-carts, limited hydroplane racing, skiing,

snowmobiling, boating and house projects.

In 1955 he married Nola “Mike” Wagoner at St. Patrick’s

Catholic Church. Soon after, they began their family and

welcomed Kim, Marc, Baby Tim, Jon, Karen and Todd. With

a growing family, they bought and restored the family home at

1127 Fern St. Jim continued working hard and playing harder,

with every weekend an adventure! A life well lived!!

Jim worked with a group to begin the Tollgate Trailfinders. He

was a life member of the Elks. He is survived by his sons Jon and

Todd, his daughter Kim and her husband Al Scheidmiller and

his grandchildren, James A. Spence; Kayla

and Levi Cross; and great-granddaughter

Jacquelynn Cross.

Family and friends are invited to attend

a memorial service on Thursday, January 9,

2014, at 1:00 p.m. at Herring Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to

the charity of choice through the funeral

home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla WA 99362.

Private family interment.


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