Michael “Speaky” Speakman, 67

Michael “Speaky” Speakman, 67, of 823 Greenvale Ave. in St. Marys, ultimately defeated cancer on his own terms when he was finally called home at 3:28 p.m. Monday, May 27, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his loving family and cat, Phoebe.

He was born on Jan. 22, 1946, in Van Wert, to Ralph and Betty (Severn) Speakman.

On May 20, 1972, in St. Marys, he married Trudy Solomon, who survives.

Also survived by a daughter, Rebecca (Jon) Kleinhenz Sr.  of Troy; two grandchildren, Jack and Josie Kleinhenz; mother, Betty Weddle  of Van Wert; two stepsons, David (Lynn) Freewalt  of St. Marys, and Mike (Doreen) Freewalt  of St. Marys;                         numerous stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; brother, Dan Speakman  of Lima; sister Deborah Rain  of Las Vegas, Nev.; half-brother Jack Speakman  of Van Wert; half-sister Wanda Hurless  of Ohio City; two brothers-in-law, Bud (Barb) Solomon  of Sun Lake, Ariz. and Al (Leslie) Solomon  of St. Marys.

He was preceded in death by his  father, Ralph Speakman; half-brother Eugene Speakman; step-father Frank Weddle.

He was a graduate of Van Wert High School and attended Northwestern Business College in Lima.

He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Vietnam era.

He was an agent for Metropolitan Insurance Co., and in his younger years, worked for Continental Can Co. (Grief Bros.) in Van Wert. In addition, he owned and operated “Speaky’s Knotty Pine” in St. Marys.

He was a member of Eagles Lodge Aerie #767 in St. Marys, where he enjoyed playing cards with his buddies. He was also a loyal member of Chained Eagles of Ohio, an organization to support and recognize the plight of the POW/MIA soldiers. Since retiring due to disability, “Speaky” worked tirelessly to help those in need find justice and to bring them home.

He enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, reading books and drinking coffee at Vogel’s Bake Shoppe and McDonald’s. He also loved giving advice to his daughter, and anyone else who would listen to him.

He had many friends who remained by his side during his struggles and triumphs in life. He was happiest when surrounded by friends and family, or simply riding his motorcycle.

Funeral services are scheduled to begin 10:30 a.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road (Ohio 703 West Chapel) in St. Marys, the Rev. Thomas Golden, officiating.

Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Chained Eagles of Ohio.

Online condolences may be expressed via MillerFuneralHomes.net.