North Havre resident Reginald Lloyd Spensley, a retired custodian for Northern Montana College, died Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at Northern Montana Hospital of natural causes. He was 71.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Glacier Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Kalispell with full military graveside honors.

Reginald was born Dec. 2, 1931, to Lloyd B. and Greta Mae (Aitchison) Spensley in Livingston, Calif. He attended school in Turlock, Calif. In 1951 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War.

After an honorable discharge from the Navy he worked for his father on the family farm as a milker. He then worked as a milker for several commercial diaries.

He married Ethel Stevens in Turlock. The couple later divorced. She died in 1995.

In 1974 he met and married Janet Carol Harper and the couple resided in Kalispell. In 1980 the couple moved to Havre where he worked at Havre High School and later at Northern Montana College as a custodian until retirement in 1993.

He was extremely fond of animals, especially his dogs, Bubbles and Boo Boo. He also enjoyed working in the yard.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Scott Spensley in 1974 and Todd Spensley in 1994; and three brothers. He is survived by his wife, Janet Spensley of Havre; daughters, Michelle (Victor) Jones and Pam Spensley, both of Portland, Ore., Stephanie (Dean Olson) Spensley of Athens, Ala., Anna Gardner of Billings, and Helen (Steve Gooch) Elmore of Havre; sons, Ronnie (Patty) Gardner and Victor (Lisa) Gardner, both of Hillsdale, Mich .; brother, Gavin T. Spensley of Turlock; 29 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials in Reginald's honor may be made to the American Lung Association, 825 Helena Ave., Helena, MT 59601-3459.

Services and arrangements are under the direction of Holland & Bonine Funeral Home of Havre.


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