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JACK B. SPICER

GUYS MILLS, Pa. Jack B. Spicer, 89, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2001.Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2002, at Stone United Methodist Church, Meadville, Pa.

He was born in Alpena, Mich., on March 28, 1912, a son of John Wesley and Polly Minerva Wilcox Spicer. He married Rose Marie Edgcumbe, on Aug. 10, 1946, who survives.

He was an industrial engineer at Talon, Inc., Meadville, Pa., for 15 years and previously had worked at Paramount Die Casting Company, Stevensville, Mich.

He was a member of Lake Shore Masonic Lodge, Benton Harbor, Mich., the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the AARP. He was also an Eagle Scout and a Boy Scout volunteer for many years.

He was an avid mariner and was a licensed master pilot. He designed and helped build the Barbara J. sternwheeler, that operated on Conneaut Lake, Pa., for many years. The Barbara J. was built in Michigan and was originally christened the River Queen. It was the first sternwheeler to be built in the United States after World War II. He was a writer of Great Lakes seafaring lore and was published in several regional publications. He also had a passion for building scale models of Great Lakes Schooners, which are currently on display at the Jesse Besser Museum, Alpena, Mich.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two daughters, Betty Litke and Mary Spicer; son, Charles W. Spicer and wife, Pat of Greensboro; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Spicer and H. Herbert Spicer; sister, Grayce Brown; and infant sister, Muriel Spicer.

Memorials may be made to the Jesse Besser Museum, 491 Johnson St., Alpena, Mich. 49707 or Stone United Methodist Church, 956 South Main St., Meadville, Pa. 16335.

The arrangements are under the direction of the Waid Funeral Home, Meadville, Pa.

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