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Ronald J. Speiser

August 20, 1940 ~ August 22, 2019 (age 79)

OAKWOOD - Ronald J. Speiser I, 79, from Oakwood died at 1:42 a.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Mercy Hospital of Defiance. 

   He was born on August 20, 1940 in Defiance to the late Donald and Jeanette (Mack) Speiser.  On August 17, 1963, he married Eva L. Arnold who died on May 1, 2000.

   Survivors include 2 sons, Ronald J. Speiser II of Oakwood and Michael Speiser of Paulding; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; a sister, Norma (James) Ferguson of Napoleon; and a brother, James (Sharon) Speiser of Xenia, IL.

   Ronald retired from General Motors, Defiance in 2003.  He also retired in 2017 after 43 years with the Oakwood Fire Department where he was a former fire chief.  He was a former EMT with the Oakwood EMS and a former Fire Safety Inspector for Paulding County.  Ronald was a 2014 Grand Marshall for the Oakwood Homecoming.

   Funeral Services will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 26, 2019 at HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Oakwood with Rev. Stan Harmon officiating.  Burial will follow in Sherman Cemetery, Oakwood.  Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home.

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