Jerry L. Speckman, 78, of 1119 Robin Road in St. Marys, died at 2:35 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8 , 2014, at JTDM hospital, with his wife and children at his side. He was born on Nov. 10, 1935, in St. Marys, to Fred J. and Florence B. (Langsdon) Speckman. On April 24, 1954, in Wapakoneta, he married Marilyn S. Elsass, who survives.
He is also survived by: daughter Kathi (Daniel) Freymuth of Wapakoneta, son Randy (Peg) Speckman of St. Marys, daughter Lorie (Dennis) Searcy of Anna, son James (Meredith) Speckman of St. Marys, daughter Mary Jo (John) Heilshorn of St. Marys, son Ronald F. “Goob” (Sheri) Speckman of New Bremen, 21 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister Dottie Monroe of Celina and sister Barbara Wheeler of Wapakoneta, and numerous cousins.
Preceded in death by: parents Fred and Florence Speckman, sister and brother-in-law Virginia and Leon Jung, sister and brother-in-law Evelyn and Homer Huston, and brothers-in-law Harold Monroe and Harold Wheeler.
He was a 1953 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School.
He was co-owner of MJM Catering in St. Marys. He was previously CEO of Mid-America Technologies ( a supplier to the cable television industry). In his younger years, he served as a policeman for the city of St. Marys. Jerry served on the Neil Armstrong Airport Authority for many years, and also had been active in the St. Marys Jaycees.
He was a member of F.O.P. Grand Lake Lodge 376 and Sons of the American Legion.
His favorite pastimes included boating and playing cards with his family (especially the game of “500 Rum”).
Rites are scheduled to begin 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, at Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road (Ohio 703 West Chapel) in St. Marys. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family to help defray medical expenses.
Online condolences may be expressed via: MillerFuneralHomes.net.