We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Scanlin Cremation & Burial
Dennis Jerome Spice passed away on July 8, 2022 after a brief illness in Tacoma, WA. He was born on March 28, 1940 in Chicago, IL to Harry and Florence Spice as part of a large, extended Polish family. Dennis graduated from Lane Tech Academy in 1957 where he was the Editor of the Lane Daily. Following graduation, he enlisted in the US Army where he served his country for 20 years. While serving time in Europe, Dennis earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland. When he later served in Vietnam, Dennis was able to combine his heart for service and education by teaching Vietnamese students. Upon returning to the United States, Dennis went on to earn a Master's degree from Pacific Lutheran University.
After retiring from the US Army, Dennis began a second career with the State of Washington as a Parole Officer. He retired after 29 years and throughout that time, Dennis supported his community with the same loyalty and pride in which he served his country. Having been trained in drug enforcement, Dennis used this expertise to ensure the safety of his community. Following retirement, Dennis rekindled some of his interests from his younger years. He joined a Writers’ Group and enjoyed documenting childhood stories of growing up in Chicago. He focused on expanding his vast postage stamp collection and volunteered his time to share this interest with others. Dennis remained a steadfast Veteran until his passing - proud of the service and sacrifice that he and so many others contributed for our country and freedom. He was seldom seen without a Veterans baseball cap or his Veterans vest on, and he always made a point of stopping by the local VFW to share stories with new and old friends.
While we will always miss Dennis - devoted husband, caring father, and loving grandfather - we find comfort in knowing that he lived a full life, that he loved and was loved by his family and friends, and that he is now at peace. Dennis is survived by his wife Marguerite, daughters Carolin Spice and Catherine (Ron) Fechtner, grandchildren Hailey, Nathan, Galen, and sister Gayle Browne.
A graveside service is planned at Tahoma National Cemetery on July 28 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a donation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Dennis’ memory.