Carl Eugene Speelman, 86, of Van Wert passed away at 10:15 PM on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. He was born on March 12, 1935, in Van Wert, to the late Elmer and Mable (Smith) Speelman. On July 03, 1954, he married the love of his life, Rosalyn (Fisher) Speelman. Together, they shared many years of memories.
A 1953 graduate of Convoy Union High School, Carl went on to work briefly at Continental Can and retired from Aeroquip before he started a career in the construction trade. He was a self-employed subcontractor, building garages and additions. He also worked for Alexander and Bebout and Gardners Home Improvement.
Carl was the quintessential jack of all trades. He truly enjoyed working and building things. He was an amateur inventor and was able to find a solution to fixing anything. Carl loved lake life and spending time at their home on Rose Lake in Michigan. He adored his family and was happiest spending time with them and watching his grandchildren and great grandchildren grow. He was always present at their many sporting events and he was an avid Crestview Basketball supporter. He was also a longtime member of the North Union United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Rosalyn Speelman of Van Wert; daughter, Carla Rene Speelman of Van Wert; daughter-in-law, Suzanne Speelman of GA; sister-in-law, Carol Speelman; grandchildren: Lucas (Erin) McClure of FL; Matthew (Kala) Speelman of Van Wert; Carly and Lauren Speelman of GA; great grandchildren: Corey, Gabriella, Gavin, CJ, Fisher, Nellie, Henry, Wraylie; great-great grandchildren: Destin and Robert; as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Carl was preceded in death by his son, Robert Eugene Speelman, brothers: Earl and Alfred Speelman, sisters: Imogene Wortman and Leola Davis; and great granddaughter, Grace Anna McClure.
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM Friday, January 7, 2022 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home 722 S. Washington St. Van Wert, OH 45891 with Pastor David To officiating. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery, 10968 Woodland Ave. Van Wert, OH 45891.
Family and friends will be received from 2 to 4 & 6 to 8PM on Thursday, January 06, 2022 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions in Carl`s memory may be made to Crestview Night Pride Club for Boys Basketball.
To share in Carl's online memorial, please visit www.alspachgearhart.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.