Student, University Kansas City, 1942. AS, Kansas City Junior College, 1945. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, University Missouri, 1948.
Postgraduate, Iowa State University, 1969.
With Southwestern Bell Telephone Сompany, Kansas City, Missouri, 1948-1950, Topeka, 1952-1961, senior engineer, 1966-1969, equipment maintenance engineer, 1967-1976, engineering operations manager, 1976-1979, district manager, 1979—1986, retired, 1986. Member technical staff Bell Telephone Laboratories, New York City, 1961-1962, Holmdel, New Jersey, 1962-1966. President, owner W.E. Spencer Company.
Member United States Senatorial Club, since 1985.
Member Republican Presidential Task Force, since 1984. Supervising judge Shawnee County Election Commission. Trustee, board directors Brookwood Covenant Church, also president Joy Senior Group.
With Army of the United States, Pentagon, Washington, 1950-1952. Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, Kansas Engineering Society, Topeka Engineers Club (president), Telephone Pioneers Association (life member, representative, Sunflower and Heartland chapter, Topeka life member, council president and club president), National Geography Society, Kansas History Society, American Association Retired Persons, University Missouri-Columbia Alumni Association, National Travel Club, Topeka Geography Society, Active Prime Timer (historian).
Married Ferne Arlene Nieder, November 14, 1952. Children: Elizabeth Ann, Gary William, James Richard, Catherine Sue.