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David A. Spenard
Viewing: Memorial Gathering from 6pm to 8pm
Service: August 29, 2019 (Thursday) at 6:00 p.m.
Location: DeVol Funeral Home, 2222 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington DC 20007

David A. Spenard of Washington, DC passed away peacefully on Friday, August 23, 2019.  Born in Kankakee, IL on April 22, 1956, he was the oldest son of Ralph D. Spenard and Rose M. Spenard.  Dave spent his early years in Illinois where he excelled in academics, tennis, and chess.  After serving a two-year enlistment in the US Army, Dave earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Northern Illinois University in 1981.  He began a career as an engineer in the nuclear power industry with experience in construction, quality assurance, and outage management.  Looking for a career change after 8 years, Dave enrolled in law school at the University of Toledo where he earned his J.D. degree in 1992.  He began his legal career as an associate patent attorney at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione in Toledo, OH in 1993.  He joined McDermott Will and Emery in Washington, DC in 1998 where his practice included patent prosecution and litigation.  Dave is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susan M. Russell.  He is also survived by his siblings Tina Spenard of Bourbonnais, IL; Terri Spenard of Navarre, FL; Marc Spenard of Aroma Park, IL; and by his niece Alea DeLayre of Columbia, SC.  

A memorial service will be held at De Vol Funeral Home, 2222 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington DC 20007 on Thursday, August 29, at 6:00 PM.  

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a memorial contribution to Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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