HOWARD — Dean L. Spearman, 85, of Howard, passed away Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, surrounded by his loving family at Country Court Nursing Home in Mount Vernon.
He was born Aug. 17, 1925, in Brandon to the late John S. and Eska (Buskirk) Spearman. Dean served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was a 1950 graduate of The Ohio State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture. He retired in 1981 after 30 years of employment with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Dean was founder of the Rollin’ Buckeyes and established the Rollin’ Buckeye scholarship fund through The Community Foundation that awards up to five scholarships yearly. He was a life member of the Ohio State University Alumni and served on the boards of the Ohio State Alumni Club in Washington, D.C., and Knox County. Dean supported many charitable organizations. He served on the board of the Community Concert Association; Food for the Hungry, where he was awarded the Helen Zelkowitz award in 2007; and was a Hospice volunteer for over 10 years. Dean loved to travel the world and served as president of the Shillelagh Travel Club. In his younger days, Dean played baseball for the Brandon Blues.
He is survived by his wife, Audrey (Wilson) Spearman, whom he married on Nov. 17, 1962; two brothers, Dale (Mary) Spearman of Mount Vernon and Roger (Barbara) Spearman of Howard; two sisters, Polly Stelts of Fredericktown and Debbie (Steve) Arter of Centerburg; brother-in-law, Bill Curran of Mount Vernon; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Chester Spearman; a sister, Donna Curran; and two special nephews, Robert R. Porter and Jeffrey R. Stelts.
Friends may call Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, where a funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. Pastor Terry McLaughlin will be officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will follow in Mound View Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Ave., Mount Vernon, OH 43050; or to the charity of one’s choice. To view this obituary or leave a condolence, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Dean L. Spearman.
As Dean would say, “Tally Ho.”