Samuel R. Speck

April 30, 1934 ‒ May 17, 2018

Fredericktown, Ohio

Samuel R. Speck, age 84, of Fredericktown, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Knox Community Hospital. He was born in Mansfield, Ohio on April 30, 1934 to the late Ralph and Dorothy (Poe) Speck.

Sam was a graduate of Loudonville High School in 1952. After graduation, Sam joined and served proudly with the United States Army.  He taught at the Knox County Career Center for 25 years in the Auto Body Department.

He loved boating and fishing on Lake Erie, and in Canada. Sam was a member of the Ohio Archeology Society for many years.  He was well known for his restoration skills.  He and his wife Patricia attended Owl Creek Church of the Brethren in Ankenytown.  He enjoyed motorcycles, his pets, yard work, the neighborhood cats, but most of all he loved his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Patricia (Sheedy) Speck; a daughter, Michele Speck; grandchildren, Jared Speck; great-grandchildren, Jaden, Josalyn and Kiley Speck; a brother, Dan (Carol) Speck; a niece; and 5 feline friends, Smokey, Calie, Scamp, Buffin, and Patches.

Along with his parents, Sam is preceded in death by his grandparents.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 12:00 PM with an hour prior of visitation before the service at from 11:00 AM till 12:00 Pm, at Owl Creek Church of the Brethren; 13241 Toms Road, Bellville, OH 44813, officiated by Pastor Charles Barnhill. Burial will follow in Owl Creek Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Owl Creek Church of the Brethren or an Animal Rescue of donor’s choice.

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  • Patty-
    This news brings so much sadness into our hearts for the loss of our dear dear friend Sam. You both always welcomed us with open arms and we enjoyed so many wonderful story telling sessions with you both. There is definitely avoid in the universe now. As many times as we have all sat under the sky at night looking at the stars and whatever else was up there listening to Sam’s stories. I feel cheated that those times were not enough to spend with the two of you. He was a man with a huge heart who at the same time would never back down. I still remember him standing up for the geese at the lake. Please know we are only a phone call away. You are in our thoughts and prayers my dear dear friend.

  • Pat I am so sorry to here about Sam. We loved him. a wonderful person. You and your family are in our prayers
    Jerry and Lynn Hickman

  • We are so sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Pat.
    We will always remember the nice times we had at the marina. We will always remember the outer space stories Sam told us on Saturday nights on Catawba Island.
    Peace be with you Sam.

    Bill and Kathy Helmet

  • So sorry to hear my dear friend and co-worker is no longer with us. Sam and I worked at Knox County Career Center, shared a lot of laughs and good times there. My husband, Roger worked with Sam at Dusty Rhodes Chevrolet in Mt. Vernon. Roger thought a great deal of Sam.

  • Prayers to the Speck family, I was very sorry to hear about the loss of Sam, the fantastic father of Michelle and Loving husband to Pat. I know this is a very tough time and my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Sorry for your loss, as he will be surely missed so much. Tara Howard.