Speelman, Gary

Written by David Green.

Gary F. Speelman, 69, of Toledo, Ohio, died March 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

He was born Aug. 16, 1943, in Morenci, Mich., on to Jonas A. and Hilda (Barber) Speelman. He spent his career as a tool and die maker. He was employed by Teledyne Manufacturing for 25 years and more recently by Riehle Manufacturing.

Gary enjoyed hunting turkey and goose, fishing, camping, cooking and spending the winters in Florida. He was a 25-year member of the Ottawa River Yacht Club where he had served as entertainment chairman. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Loyal Order of Moose. 

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Martie E. Speelman; children, Daniel L. (and Judy) Myers of Allegan, Mich., Dawn C. (and Willie) Gutting of Hudson, Mich., Tamara S. Nevers of Toledo, Michael J. Dolt of Louisville, Ky., and Thomas C. (and Jenny) Dolt of Noblesville, Ind; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Julia M. Bachi of Adrian, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, David W. and Frederick L. Speelman.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 8 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe, 114 E. Alexis Rd.,  Toledo. Members of the Ottawa River Yacht Club will lead a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. A funeral service is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with Pastor Larry Vriezlaar officiating. Interment will follow in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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