Spencer Louis Tresselt, age 52, passed away in his sleep February 28, 2015 at his beloved Victorian home. Born July 29, 1962 in Evanston, IL, he was adopted by Ruth and Louis Tresselt in October of that year, and grew up in their home in unincorporated Roselle (now Schaumburg). Graduating from James B. Conant High School, he continued his education at Denver Automotive and Diesel College, mastering his love of working on cars and trucks.
His love of antiques, old cars, and tow trucks was only eclipsed by his love of people. Like his father before him, Spencer spread good cheer wherever he went. He was caring and also enjoyed making people laugh. Spen was an entertainer and often lived for the laugh (or other reaction!) He made the world his audience whether being of service with his tow truck, repairing someone’s car or home, or even shopping. Spencer was known as a truly down-to-earth man who loved an audience.
Spencer always worked. He loved service stations and was employed all over the Northwest Suburbs in his youth, and continued that in Denver. When he drove back from Colorado in his first tow truck in 1986, he started his own business, which lasted until his passing.
Spencer could repair anything mechanical, whether it be machinery, cars, phones, or toilets. He had a brilliant mind, well-versed in the most amazing spectrum of subjects you could imagine. Spen could tell you about anything from the Three Stooges to law to firearms to what actor starred in one obscure episode of Rawhide.
In his lifetime, he’s owned a plethora of vehicles, including two DeSotos with horrible mohair upholstery, an Edsel, and a 1953 2-ton tow truck. Spen taught his sister to drive in his first antique Cadillac limousine with armrest thermostats, and drove Ma to work at the library in his hearse. He even found a blue 1966 Chevy II Nova for his aging mother, that she named ‘Bubbles’. His favorite automobile of his lifetime, though, was his green 1928 Ford truck.
Spencer loved everything OLD. As a youth, many of his friends were in their 90s, and he picked up many eccentricities from Mr. Redeker, Mr. Merkel and Mr. Schmidt, early Schaumburg residents. Spencer started collecting antiques at age 6, and the purchase of the VanGorder house in 1999 was his proudest accomplishment. He furnished it with love and made it home for his mother.
Spencer will be extremely missed by his sister Susan Louis (Aylin) of North Bend, Washington, and even more so by his family-of-choice: Deb Dempsey, Robin Leabheart, Will Alexander, Bill Witte, Margaret Watts, and his ‘fat’ cat Milliscent, all of Elgin. He is preceded in death by his beloved mother, Ruth M. Tresselt (nee Schildt) in 2011, and by father Louis W. Tresselt in 1983.
A Celebration of his Life will be Friday, March 6, 2015 from 5 pm to 9 pm at Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, Illinois. A short service will be held Saturday, March 7 at 10 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Fulton and Gifford, Elgin, followed by a procession by the house on N. Porter St. (tow trucks welcome to attend!) to Spen’s burial at Elm Lawn Memorial Park, 401 E. Lake St. in Elmhurst. Refreshments provided to all of his friends at his beloved Victorian home from 2 to 4 on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, we ask you to kindly consider donating in Spenny’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or Friends of Animals or your favorite children’s or animal charity.