Howard “Russ” Speece

December 17, 1962 ‒ July 27, 2017

Sunbury, Ohio

Howard Russell “Russ” Speece, 54, of Sunbury passed away Thursday evening, July 27, 2017 at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville.

He was born December 17, 1962 in Powhatan, West Virginia to the late Ray and Loretta (Doty) Speece.

Russ owned and operated his own truck, driving for University Corporation in Grove City and he was also a faithful member of the Genoa Baptist Church in Westerville. A big kid at heart, he enjoyed watching football, being a comedian and spending time with his grandkids.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of almost 25 years, Melissa (Quick); children, Cheryl (Larry) Hoshor of Baltimore, Jason (Kelly) Carter of Sunbury and Ashley Carter of Delaware; 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; sisters, Jackie, Connie and Hope; numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Russ was also preceded in death by his brothers Bud and Skip.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 6 – 8 pm and on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:00 am at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 @ 61, Sunbury, where funeral services celebrating Russ’s life will follow at 11:00 am with Pastor Frank Carl officiating. Burial will follow the services in Trenton Cemetery.

Contributions in Russ’s memory may be made to the Genoa Baptist Church, 7562 Lewis Center Road, Westerville, Ohio 43082.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve the Speece family.

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  • Big brother I will miss u … not a childhood memory that u are not in . You was my first play mate, my life long best friend, and the best brother anyone could ask for. Thru the tears I smike when I think of stuff we use to do I love you and I will never forget you. I will carry you in my heart everyday. I want to thank Melissa and family for making you so happy. My heart breaks for them . Rest in peace dear brother .. for you sleep with the angels now . I will always be your “Baby Sis”.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with Russ’s wife, family and many friends. Russ had a tremendous number of friends because he injected a note of positivity into the lives of those he touched. I had the privilege of knowing Russ a short 3 years having met him at work when he was delivering DSW freight to us 3 or 4 times a week. I could go on and on about the football talks: his beloved Buckeyes and my always respectfully hated Wolverines. We would go back and forth on the subject seemingly without end playfully ribbing each other. More than just a passionate football fan, Russ was a great man in an era when great man can be sometimes hard to find. Always quick to offer assistance, whether pulling a trailer from the door, or helping a new driver (from our company not even just his own) slide tandems or bringing our staff donuts just to brighten our day. He was quick with a laugh, smart, kind, and encouraging. Days at work and especially sunny fall Saturdays will be far darker for his absence. I pray that God continues to watch over his family in this sad and difficult time.

  • Melissa and Family, I’m so sorry to hear from Mark of Russ’ passing. God be with you and your family and wrap his loving arms around you. Enjoyed seeing Russ and you whenever you stopped by. Russ was always so up and loving. I’m so glad Mark introduced us. My prayers are with you today and in the days to come. Sandy Thatcher Huffman