David Donald Spayde

March 25, 1939 ‒ August 14, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio
Formerly of Mansfield, Ohio

COLUMBUS: David Donald Spayde, age 81, of Country Court Nursing Home in Mt. Vernon, passed away August 14, 2020, in OSU Medical Center following complications of a short illness.

He was born March 25, 1939, in Mansfield the firstborn of parents Donald C. & Mary (Baughman) Spayde. He was a 1957 graduate of Mansfield Senior High and then attended Miami University at Oxford. Dave was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity of Chicago.

David was a hardworking entrepreneur and in his lifetime he had three successful businesses. He owned Valley View Nursery—a wholesale nursery and tree farm—where he passed his love of horticulture and the value of hard work on to his three kids. In Mansfield, he also founded McClean Trucking on Illinois Avenue and drove all over the US delivering items from his nursery. Dave was also a skilled craftsman and woodworker. He owned and operated The Dollhouse Factory where he created beautiful and intricate dollhouses for many families and was even employed by Disney to create some truly magical dollhouses.

Dave never met a stranger. He always had a story to tell and loved to talk on the phone. He enjoyed all green growing things and had a huge love of the outdoors. Some of Dave’s favorite memories were made traveling to the Caribbean and all over the United States. Above all, he dearly loved his grandchildren and was a living example of the phrase “Never give up.”

He is survived by his children (& their spouses): Mark & Tammi Spayde of Lewis Center, Suzanne & Robert Sproule of Lewis Center, John Spayde of Dublin; five grandchildren: Alexandra Spayde, Steven Spayde, William Sproule, Caroline Sproule, and Gabriel Sproule; his sister and brother-in-law Rebecca & William Banks of Mansfield; his brother and sister-in-law Daniel & Carol Spayde of Nashville, TN; the mother of his children Anna & Marvin Weidemeyer of Mansfield; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by an infant sister Mary Ruth Spayde.

Although no public service will be held in David’s memory, his family hopes you will remember him in your own special way. A small family service will be held at Snyder Funeral Homes (2553 Lexington Avenue in Mansfield) officiated by Dr. Ed Bernard with burial following in Mansfield Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Dave’s memory may be made to The Great Commission of Mansfield Alliance Church. Checks made out to The Great Commission MAC may be mailed to: Snyder Funeral Homes, PO Box 3085, Mansfield OH 44904 so a list of donors can be made for the Spayde family.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve David’s family and encourage you to share a memory at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Mark, Suzanne, and John: What a wonderful and touching tribute to your father. You are right, Dave never met a stranger and he was always so sweet and friendly to me. My thoughts are with you! Love,


  • Sympathies from the Winter family for your loss. Dave was truly a hard working and creative person. I see his positive influences on his children (my cousins).

  • Mark, Suzanne and John I’m sorry for your loss. I’m glad you had the last few months to spend with your dad and I know he was glad to have them with you and your kids. He loved you all very much.

  • Mark, Suzy,and John – sending our condolences on the passing of Uncle Dave. May God comfort you doing this time!

  • Mark, Suzi and John, we are truly sad for you in the death of your dad. And to Becki and Dan we’re so sorry for the loss of your beloved brother. We always thought he was a creative genius and enjoyed his stories and grand ideas. Thanks to him we live in the home he built and love all the wonderful things he did to make it comfortable and the great outdoors around it. May God bless you with peace and comfort in the days ahead.
    Marsha and Don Jaenke

  • To the David Spayde family we send our condolences. We were saddened to learn of David’s passing and will hold dear our many fond memories of him: The lovely children and grandchildren who followed, the landscaping, doll houses, charity work (as friends we worked on together), and the kind, talented, good man we called “Our friend”.
    Rest In Peace, David.

  • I got to know Dave at Soutside diner and tan he came to country court where I seen him alot after quitting Southside. Dave was a very special man. I will always remember him. So so sorry for your loss. R.I.P. Dave!! Your friend Pam Cline.

  • I am saddened with the passing of my Brother Dave. Carol and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your children. Our thoughts are with you.

  • Dear Mark, Suzi and John I want you to know I am thinking of you at this difficult time. I am sorry I can’t be there for cousin Dave’s memorial service. I spent time with Dave as he would come to visit me when I lived in McConnelsville. He would take me to dinner and we would talk about the fun times we had growing up with all out cousins and siblings as we all lived close. We had lots of laughs and memories. We had fun! Later on when we could no longer get together we would talk on the phone several times a week. I want you to know that he talked about you all and am really glad you got to spend some time with him. I know he loved you all so much. Becky and Bill, I know you will miss him and I know how much he appreciated you coming to Mount Vernon and having dinner with him and he loved all the packages and food you would make and take to him. He couldn’t brag on you enough. Dan and Carol, you have my thoughts at this sad time. The last thing I said to Dave, on the phone in the nursing home, was I love you. I will truly miss my cousin and his caring phone calls. He was not only my cousin he was my friend also I know he gave his heart to the Lord a while back and now he is in heaven . Bye my dear cousin and rejoice with the angels..

  • I was very sad to hear of Dave’s illness and passing. I have happy memories of him at a time when all our families lived Mansfield and the cousins got together and had so much fun. I had some contact with him a few years ago and I know how much he appreciated Becky stopping by to visit, often bringing a meal or pastries to share. He spoke lovingly of his children and was very proud of them.My sincere condolences to Becky, Dan and the rest of his family.