George J. Spitnale

First Posted: 4/16/2011

oakwoodGeorge J. Spitnale, 84, died at 4:10 a.m. April 13, 2011, at Manatee Memorial Hospital, Bradenton, Fla. He was born March 12, 1927, in Cloverdale, to Ross and Vesta Prowant Spitnale, who preceded him in death. On June 8, 1947, he married Helen Keck, who survives in Oakwood.Mr. Spitnale worked at the Lima Locomotive Plant in Lima building steam locomotives, the Nickel Plate Road as a telegrapher for 20 years, operated heavy equipment and retired as an over-the-road truck driver. He spent the last 20 winters in Florida where he enjoyed woodcarving, shuffling and being around people. He loved hunting and fishing. He attended Twin Oaks United Methodist Church, Oakwood. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran where he served as a member of The Lucky 7th in Austria. He was an assistant scout master of Troop 19, a member of the village of Oakwood council, coached girls softball, was one of Oakwood's first EMTs, a life member of Free and Accepted Masons Masonic Lodge 570 in Continental for more than 60 years, and a life member of both the Continental American Legion and Ottawa Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a former Republican committeeman.Survivors also include four children, Daniel G. (Janet) Spitnale, of Defiance, Dean C. (Gail) Spitnale, of Connecticut, Sue (Charles) Guyer, of Kokomo, Ind., and David J. Spitnale, of Naples, Fla.; 19 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a brother, Dale (Edna Mae) Spitnale, of Oakwood; and a sister-in-law, Judy Spitnale, of Cloverdale.He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jake and Henry Spitnale; and two grandsons, Troy Daniel Spitnale and Samuel Nicholas Spitnale.Services will begin 11 a.m. Wednesday at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Oakwood. Pastor Chris Baker will officiate. Burial will be in Cascade Cemetery, Cloverdale, with military rites by Continental American Legion and Ottawa Veterans of Foreign Wars. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral hom, where a Masonic service will be held at 8 p.m. Monday and a VFW service at 7 p.m. Tuesday.Memorial contributions may be made to the Masonic Lodge in Continental or Twin Oaks United Methodist Church in Oakwood. Condolences may be expressed at

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