Merton Spencer, retired from Palermo Highway Department

Merton R. Spencer, 85, of Palermo, passed away Monday, Feb. 10 at Pontiac Nursing Home in Oswego.

A native of Henderson, he had resided in the Palermo–Mexico area many years.

Mert retired from the Town of Palermo Highway Department after 24 years. He had previously worked at Nestle Co. in Fulton and on his parents’ dairy farm in North Mexico.

He was a former member of the Palermo Volunteer Fire Department.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Barbara Koliada Spencer of Palermo; eight children, Robert (Michelle) Spencer of Volney, Ronald Spencer of Palermo, Patricia (Joseph) Davis of Fulton, Randy (Kim) Spencer of Yarmouth, ME, Stephen (Karen) Spencer of Lakeland, FL, Pamela (Larry) Breckenridge of Lakeland, FL, Sheryl (Ken) Strait of Palermo and Susan (Ken) Beattie of Lakeland, FL; a brother, Frederick (Alice) Spencer of Central Square; a sister, Ruth (Bill) Barry of Sandy Creek; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mert was predeceased by his parents, Jesse and Mildred Hill Spencer and a brother, John Spencer.

Calling hours are from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services immediately following.

A spring burial service will be held at Upson Corners Cemetery in Palermo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Palermo Volunteer Fire Department.

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