Speelman, Wade

Written by David Green.

Wade Theron Speelman, 82, of Fayette, Ohio, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at home, surrounded by his family.

He was born Feb. 5, 1931, in Morenci, Mich., to the late Jonas and Mildred (Metcalf) Speelman. On June 11, 1955, in Morenci he married Darlene Yager and she survives.

Wade was a lifelong resident of Morenci before moving to Ohio in 1986. He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War.  Wade retired from McCord Corporation in Wauseon, Ohio, after many years of service.

Besides his wife, Wade is survived by two daughters, Brenda (and James) Schrickel of Toledo, Ohio, and Connie (and Rick) Snider of Fayette; four grandchildren, Terry (and Veronica Beatty) Snider, Kaylee Schrickel, Tyler (and Kelly) Snider and James Schrickel; two sisters, Betty (and Don) Pfund of Morenci and Florence (and Arlo) Lane of Hudson, Mich.; three brothers, Arthur (and Naomi) Speelman of Morenci, Earl (and Shirley) Speelman of Morenci, and Eugene (and Mary) Speelman of Adrian; and many nieces and nephews.

Wade was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Juanita Shoemaker, Ella Mae Barnhart and Flora Montaque.

Funeral service are planned at 1 p.m. Monday, April 29, 2013, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. Aden Porter officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation is scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday until the time of service.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

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