In Loving Memory
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
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.