Robert Francis “Rob” Spence, SR. - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Robert Francis “Rob” Spence, SR.

October 5, 1969 - September 10, 2023

Robert Francis “Rob” Spence, SR., age 53, of Smyrna, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Sunday, September 10, 2023.

Born in Wilmington, DE on October 5, 1969, he was a son of the late George W.R. and Margaret Florence Spence.  Rob proudly served in the United States Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne.  He spent his 30-year career as a truck driver with Sysco for 18 years, and most recently with McLane Co.

A man of faith, Rob was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in New Castle.  In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and listening to Metallica.  Rob especially loved going to Nicola’s Pizza in Rehoboth, and his old blue Ford truck.  He will always be remembered as a man who could befriend anyone and who deeply cherished his grandchildren.  Rob was a man who built a family stronger than an army with morals and love that will forever shine on, through his family.

In addition to his parents, Rob was preceded in death by his son, Joshua Spence.  He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Kelly Lynn (Johnstone) Spence of Smyrna; children Rob Spence (Kellie) of Clayton, David Spence (Heidi) of Clayton, and Kelsie Spence of Smyrna; grandchildren, Brycen, Gentry, Gannon, Alexis, and Shane; siblings, George “Bunky” Spence (Kim) of Claymont, Sarah “Bootsie” Doemling of Smyrna, and Alice “Cathy” Spence of Claymont; adored niece, Mallory Stevens of Newark; and a multitude of extended family and friends.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Monday, September 18, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, 420 S. Dupont Blvd, Smyrna, DE.


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  • Kelly I’m so sorry to hear about Rob. My heart and prayers are with you, the kids and the Spence family. R.I.P Rob your free of pain and flying free now🙏🙏🙏🙏

  • My condolences to Kelly and Robs beautiful family that peace and comfort will be with you all. Rest in peace . Love from all of my family.

  • I’m very sorry for your loss. I am wishing you and your family the best. Hugs!!

  • Kelly,

    We’re so very sorry for your loss and we send our most sincere and heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We’re here for you if you need anything.

  • Kelly ,
    We’re saddened to hear of Rob’s passing . We send our heartfelt condolences to you & your beautiful family. Rest in paradise Rob.

  • To my friend and sister kelly and my niece and and nephews and family. Know that God is still very much in control and I’m praying 🙏 his holy spirit will be with you and comfort you through this very difficult time in all our lives as rob was my best friend and brother who I love to the utmost. Please know Michele and me and your niece’s and nephew are here for you all please know we love you all and are here if you need anything. Rest in peace my brother 🙏

  • My condolences! Coach Rob! May the Lord embrace you and sending heartfelt sympathy. -Amy

  • Rob,
    We are so sorry.
    I don’t think that we will make the service for your dad.
    Please let me know if there is anything you need or want. You guys are in our prayers and thoughts.
    Brian and Pam

  • My deepest condolences to you and the family

  • I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Rob I had the pleasure of meeting him and working with him at Mclane I was a helper. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with the family.