Scott J. Spensley

Scott J. Spensley, age 60, of Dubuque, Iowa, completed his earthly journey on September 21, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family.  To honor Scott’s life, a private family service is being held.  Burial will be in the Center Grove United Methodist Cemetery in Dubuque.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Scott’s family.


Scott was born on August 22, 1960, in Dubuque, Iowa, one of six children to Thomas W. and Mary (Kinnie) Spensley, Sr.  Scott discovered his love for life and music at a very early age and would continue to embrace both until the very end.  He thoroughly enjoyed his many years playing in the band “Roller” and was always willing to pick up his guitar for anyone who would listen, or had a special request.  Scott spent his working hours primarily as a Master Carpenter with Flynn Concrete, the Floor Show of Dubuque, and finally with Knautz Flooring.  If Scott wasn’t working, or practicing his licks, you could generally find him in the great outdoors.  An afternoon of fishing on the water’s edge, a weekend of sitting around the campfire, or even any opportunity to simply get out for a ride on his bike were all acceptable ways to spend a little free-time when it arrived.  Scott possessed a wonderfully free spirit and always looked for the simple pleasures in life.  We find ourselves wishing we could have had just a little more time with him, but also regrettably realize that we must accept that his health issues were simply not going to be resolved while he was confined within his mortal body.  We pray that he has finally found the peace he so deserves now and that the Lord will be gracious enough to heal our hearts as well and we must face the days ahead without Scott’s bright light shining upon them.  Thank you, Scott, for always showing us not to take life to seriously and may peace be both yours and ours until we meet again.    


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Scott include,


his loving daughter,

Nicole (Zach) Salyer, East Dubuque, Illinois;


his grandchildren,

Hayven Salyer, Kensly Salyer, and Dawsyn Salyer;


his siblings,

Thomas W. (Janice) Spensley, Jr., Dubuque, Iowa,

Barbara Kieler, New Jersey,

Roger Spensley, Guttenberg, Iowa,

and Susan (David) Lau, Dubuque, Iowa;


his special friend and Nicole’s mother,

Karen Regan, Dubuque, Iowa;


along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Scott was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sandra Spensley.


We appreciate your understanding with us holding a private family service during this unprecedented year, but please know that any food, flowers, memorials, or other expressions of sympathy are surely welcome and may be sent directly to Scott’s family at 981 Route 35, East Dubuque, Illinois, 61025.  Thank you in advance for your consideration and compassion.


Scott’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, along with the nurses and staff at St. Croix Hospice for all of their professional and compassionate care.  And a very special thank you to Scott’s sister, Sue, who devoted countless hours to surrounding him with the love and support he so deserved during the final days of his battle.  We cannot thank you all enough for your generosity, concern, and sacrifice and may your lives be blessed as you have blessed ours!  


Online condolences may be shared with Scott’s family at

To honor Scott’s life, a private family service is being held.  Burial will be in the Center Grove United Methodist Cemetery in Dubuque.

4 comments on “Scott J. Spensley
  1. Kelli Hayes says:

    So sorry for your loss. Condolences from me the Hayes family

  2. Patti and Joel Pusateri says:

    Sue, Dave and Family,
    Our love and prayers go out to you and all the family. May your hearts be lightened in knowing Scott’s struggles are no more and that you will see his smiling face again.

  3. Karen Tschirgi Hoffman says:

    My sincerest sympathy to Scott’s family and friends. Although we were first cousins, I never got to know Scott, due to age difference and location. But I share your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you. I am with you in spirit and love, Karen

  4. Scott C. Herman says:

    My heart, O God, is steadfast;
    I will sing and make music with all my soul.

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