Frank Spencer Schnoor, 80, passed away unexpectedly, surrounded by family, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, after complications from knee surgery in Dallas, Texas.

He was born in Kearney, Neb. Sept. 6, 1939 to Tex and Evelyn (Monroe) Schnoor. Spence grew up an only child in Amherst, Neb. where his parents owned the local grocery store. He graduated from Kearney State College and anesthesia school in Allentown, Penn. Spence went on to have a long career in anesthesia, during the Vietnam war in a MASH unit, and then in practice at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.

After meeting on a blind date, setup by a classmate, Spence married Elaine Ann Till Oct. 8, 1966. They were married for 53 years and together raised three children while living in Kearney. Spence and Elaine loved to travel, visiting countries all over the world on cruises and trips with family and friends. Skiing, horseback riding, scuba diving, attending World up soccer, walking the Great Wall of China, riding the Trans-Siberian Railway, and gazing up at the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City were all checked off his bucket list. He was at his best and most cherished though while he was at home with his family, just being Spence, Dad or Papa. Whether doting on Elaine or their dog Maggie, Spence was always happiest helping others. Always available and ready to help, no task was too big and no request too small. He enjoyed decorating for Christmas, watching Husker football and Fox news, or just running errands. Recently he spent time going to movies with grandchildren and attending or participating in any of their hobbies, events, or achievements, all fueled by Starbucks by day and a glass of red wine by night. His positivity, energy and spirit were the driving and irreplaceable force of his family and he will be deeply missed. He made everything special and his memory will be a guiding light.

Left to honor and remember Spence are his wife, Elaine; his three children, Dr. Melanie (Chuck) Green, Dr. Tiffany Roberts and Dr. Zachary Schnoor and five grandchildren: Nathan, Nolan and Cooper Roberts and Tatum and Tyler Green.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home at 7405 W Northwest Hwy, Dallas, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Spence’s name to Freedom Dogs of America.