Norman James “Shorty” Spencer

May 2, 1929 - May 21, 2021
Norman Spencer

Norman James “Shorty” Spencer, age 92, a former resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, and more recently of Prescott, Arizona, passed away Friday, May 21, 2021, in Arizona. He was born May 2, 1929, in Attica, New York, the son of Harold Spencer and Elsie Hanner Spencer. He grew up in New York where his family worked in the diary business. He later moved to Arizona and then to California prior top moving to Ft. Scott in the 1970’s. Norman worked as a truck driver for Mid-Western Distribution. In later years, he worked as a driver for the Amish. He first married Marion Drake on December 20, 1951, in Ithaca, New York. They later divorced. He then married Juanita Fear on June 11, 1977, in Nevada, Missouri. She preceded him in death on July 2, 2012.

Survivors include his four daughters, Vicki Kilgore, of Glendale, Arizona, Janet Spencer, of Prescott, Arizona, Peggy Quintella of Welton, Arizona and Marianne Avett, of Ft. Scott, Kansas; six grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three sisters, Eleanor, Inice and Eloise. In addition to his wife, Juanita, he was preceded in death by a son, James Edward Spencer, a grandson, a great-grandson, eight brothers and four sisters.

Rev. Gary Demott will conduct funeral services at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, June 12th at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Burial will follow in the West Liberty Cemetery. The family will receive on Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until service time at the Cheney Witt Chapel. Casual dress is encouraged. Memorials are suggested to the Hammond United Methodist Church or Gideons International and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at