Wayne & Ellen Spencer

wayne & ellen spencer

Wayne and Ellen Spencer, of Taylorville, were reunited in eternal life on June 14, 2023, when Ellen passed away at her daughter’s home in Tuscumbia, AL.  Wayne unexpectedly passed away shortly before her on May 22, 2023, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Wayne was born February 24, 1941, in Hillsboro, the son of Raymond and Delberta (Smith) Spencer.  He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force.  Wayne was employed by Horace Mann Insurance Company, retiring as a Senior Systems Consultant.

Ellen was born March 23, 1943, in Hillsboro, the daughter of Raleigh and Jessie Pearl (McClaine) Scott.  She worked as a cosmetologist at Oak Terrace Nursing Center and Retirement Apartments until her retirement.

Wayne and Ellen were married on December 21, 1959, and enjoyed over 63 years of marriage.  They were longtime members of the First Presbyterian Church of Taylorville.

They were preceded in death by their parents; son, Kurtis Spencer; Wayne’s brother, Howard “Tiny” Spencer; Ellen’s brother, Fred Scott; Ellen’s sister, Mary Heidbreder; and their brothers-in-law, John Heidbreder and Kenny Niesmann.

Wayne and Ellen are survived by their daughters, Ronda (Don Patterson) Spencer of Tuscumbia, AL, and Kathy Spencer of Nokomis; grandchildren, Jessica (Patrick) Clark, Chris (Braden) Spencer, and Quentin (Samantha) Patterson; great granddaughters, Madison and Tatum Spencer; Wayne’s brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Donna Spencer; Ellen’s sister, Betty Niesmann who passed away shortly after Ellen on June 27, 2023; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation & Memorial Ceremony: The family will receive guests from 11:00-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2023, at Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home, 202 W. Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.  The memorial ceremony will follow at 12:00 p.m. with Rev. Dayle Badman officiating.

Inurnment will be held at Asbury Cemetery in Raymond at a later date.

In lieu of flowers due to family allergies, memorial contributions may be made to: American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284.

Please visit www.assalleyfuneralhomes.com to share memories of Wayne and Ellen, or to offer condolences to their family.


Visitation: July 15, 2023 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home
202 West Franklin Street
Taylorville, Illinois 62568

Memorial Ceremony: July 15, 2023 12:00 pm

Shafer-Perfetti & Assalley Funeral Home
202 West Franklin Street
Taylorville, Illinois 62568

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Wayne & Ellen Spencer 's name.

American Heart Association

PO Box 840692
Dallas, TX

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