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Floyd F. Speelman

Floyd F. Speelman, age 86, of Minerva, with loving friends and family at his side, was called home Sept., 27, 2014, to be with his Savior and his wife of 66 years, Hazel, whom he had lost in death just seven weeks prior. 
Born April 17, 1928, in New Lexington, he was a son of John and Nellie (Wilson) Speelman.

Floyd worked for Kishman's IGA in Minerva for 25 years and later had owned and operated Floyd's Grocery Store in Minerva, as well as Aunt Mabel's Restaurant in East Rochester. He was a long time member of Great Trail Church of God where he and Hazel enjoyed the ministry of youth leadership. He was instrumental in the organization and spiritual leadership of New Life Christian Center in Waynesburg.  He was a member of Gideon's International for many years, delivering Bibles to children and adults with the mission to spread the gospel of Christ.  He was a US Navy veteran and former volunteer for the Minerva Fire Dept., and was known as "Smoky".

He is survived by four daughters, Linda (Tom) Rankin of Hartville, Theresa (Brian) Linder and Janice (Frank) Louive, both of Minerva, and Lori (John) Collins of Dennison; sister, Faith Moorehead of Zanesville; 12 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel (Ulman) Speelman, who died Aug. 9, 2014; son, Bruce Speelman; granddaughter, Jaime Thomas; sister, Doris Baker; and brothers, Albert, Clyde, Robert, John, James and Harold "Shorty" Speelman.

Funeral services will be Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home in Minerva with Rev. Stan Hunter officiating.  Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.  Calling hours will be two hours prior to services from 1-3 p.m. in the funeral home.  Those wishing to send condolences may sign the online register at www.gotschallfuneralhome.com. 

Memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice of Tuscarawas/Carroll County or Gideon's International.  The family would like to express a thank you to Community Hospice for their wonderful care and support and also Floyd and Hazel's special caregivers, Judy Curry, June Toalston, Julie King, Deana McNeal and Renda Keen, who have provided loving care throughout the last two years.


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