The Rev. Howard Paul Spitnale

First Posted: 6/25/2007


The Rev. Howard Paul Spitnale, 86, died at 10:40 p.m. June 23, 2007, at Middletown Regional Hospital, Middletown.

He was born July 7, 1920, in Cloverdale to Roy and Ida Dunlap Spitnale, who preceded him in death. On July 23, 1942, in Whitewater, Ind., he married Lura Joyce Moye, who survives.

The Rev. Spitnale graduated from Continental High School, Taylor University in Indiana and Westminster Theological (now Wesley) Seminary in Maryland. He was a student pastor in Osseo, Yale, McCabe and Melvindale, all in Michigan, and Taylorsville, Md. He pastored in the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church at Carthage and Wilke in Cincinnati, Franklin First, St. Paul in Napoleon, Grace in Zanesville, and First in Troy. He was district superintendent of the Wilmington District from 1971 to 1977. He was an associate director of corporate development for the Otterbein Retirement Home from 1982 to 2004. He served on several conference boards and was trustee of several agencies for the church.

Survivors also include a daughter, Diana (the Rev. Duane Miller), of Troy, Mich.; a son, Nelson (Lynn Wheat) Spitnale, of Springfield, Va.; a former daughter-in-law, Sue Munson, of Springfield, Va.; four grandchildren, David (Loreen) Miller, of Jamestown, Mich., Elizabeth (Andy) Williams, of Chicago, Thomas (Cortney) Spitnale, of Salem, Va., and Carrie (Joshua) Nowell, of Sterling, Va.; two stepgranddaughters, Carolyn Koening, of San Diego, and Kim Rodrigue, of Manassas, Va.; six great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Marvin (Millie) Spitnale, of Delphos; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Spitnale, of Cloverdale; a former sister-in-law, Harriet Healy, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Donna Hunt, of Columbus, Ga.; a brother-in-law, the Rev. Jim (Rosemary Hunt) Mansfield, of Willis, Ga.; a former sister-in-law, Marybeth Hunt, of Penney Farms, Fla.; many nieces and nephews; and friend Katie Deetrick.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Gene and Kenneth; a brother-in-law, John Hunt; and a great-grandchild.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, Continental. The Rev. Gary Hughes will officiate. Burial will be in Cascade Cemetery, Perry Township, Putnam County.

Friends may call one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.

Memorial services will begin at 1 p.m. July 14 at Otterbein United Methodist Church, Otterbein Lebanon Retirement Community, near Lebanon. The Rev. Gary Hughes will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Endowment Fund for Benevolent Care at Otterbein Home.

Condolences may be expressed at

Arrangements are by Baird Funeral Home, Troy.

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