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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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
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    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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