Winston Mengle Spencer

Winston Mengle Spencer, 92, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

 Burial will take place in Keeler Cemetery with a private family service. Memorials may be made to Dowagiac Silver Creek Methodist Church or Hospice at Home. Arrangements are entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Services. Those wishing to share a memory of Winston online may do so at

 Winston was born in 1922 to Charles H. and Jennie (Hoover) Mengle. At the age of four, he lost both of his parents and was adopted by his aunt and uncle, Nettie and John Spencer. Winston grew up in Cassopolis and owned a grain and vegetable farm in Eau Claire, Michigan. He was happiest when he was outdoors, farming, cutting cord wood, fishing, camping, crafting furniture from trees that grew on the farm, building homes, and working in his garden. Winston was a veteran of WWII serving as an Army Sergeant responsible for troop morale. He was a union carpenter for the Cook and Palisades plants and a finish carpenter for the many homes he helped build. He enjoyed making children’s furniture and shipped many rocking chairs and children’s desks all over the U.S. Winston owned and developed the ponds at the former Cool Springs campground in Cass County.

 Winston is survived by his sons, Lee Spencer and Phillip (Kathy) Spencer; grandchildren, Shelly (James) Lindsay, Stephanie (Jayson) Spencer-Trost, Evan Spencer, and Jennifer Spencer; and great-grandchildren, Lukas and Noah Spencer-Trost, and Alex and Spencer Lindsay.

 Winston was preceded in death by his wife Betty (Pullins), his parents, and his brother John Mengle.