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Walter B. Spencer, a onetime White House garage mechanic who went on to become head bus driver for the Williamsville Central Schools, died Thursday (Sept. 25, 1997) in his Amherst home after a long illness. He was 79.

Spencer retired in 1980 after nearly 20 years with the school district. Before that, he was an automobile mechanic. In retirement, he enjoyed visiting classic auto shows.

During World War II, Spencer served in the Army and was assigned to the White House garage. After the war, he took part in a nationwide tour of the captured automobiles of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering, founder of the Gestapo. Spencer received a Treasury citation for the tour, which was to promote the Victory Loan Program.

He was a member of Alfred J. Jurek Post 1672, American Legion, in Amherst.

The Buffalo native was a graduate of School 17.

He was the widower of the former Maude A. Ganoung

Survivors include two sons, William D. of Amherst and Dr. James L. of Charleston, W.Va.; a stepson, George D. Moody of Fort Pierce, Fla.; a sister, Edna Lewis of Glen Burnie, Md.; and seven grandchildren.

A funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Amigone Funeral Home, 569 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga. Burial will be in Acacia Park Cemetery, Pendleton.


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