Steven Speegle, “Papa”, arguably the best man in the world, 66, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 7 surrounded by family. We take comfort in knowing he completed his last job on his own terms and allowed us to care for him until the very end.
There was not a thing that Steve could not build or fix, and his resourcefulness was appreciated by all who knew him. Much of his work can be seen throughout Akron, but the real treasures were reserved for his family. As a son and husband, he was the most perfect, loving gentleman. Never missing a special date, or a chance to tell our Mom how cherished she was. As a Dad, he expected hard work from us but we played just as hard. He painstakingly disassembled a free 16x32 swimming pool, reassembling it for us to enjoy for years. We had a zip line, go karts, weekend trips and family gatherings to rival the Brady Bunch. He made growing up fun because he could make our ideas come to life. As a Papa, he was a shining star. His grandkids were his world and he was able to be a child with them until his last day. They will forever treasure his love, humor, advice and patience. And they will never forget the tire swing he installed in his kitchen for them. As a friend, he was loyal and true. He always had time to help a friend or stranger in need. Steve had many hobbies throughout his life that brought him countless friendships. Many people knew him as “Jednota Steve”, “Big Daddy” or simply “Speegs”. He was a great bowler, patient fisherman and skilled carpenter.
Steve is survived by the love of his life, Theresa. Their 40-year love story was a true romance that set the standard for us. He leaves us, his children, to cherish his memory: Mandi (Frank) Testa, Jeremiah (Tracy) Speegle, Tabitha (Tim) Luther, and Joshua (Angela) Brasiel. His grandchildren: Cooper, Andrew and Kamryn Smith, Dillon (Krista) and Brandi Wells, and Kaydence and Mia Brasiel. His beloved baby brother, Patrick (Lisa) Speegle and Mother-in-law, Cora Warner and brothers in law, Paul (Tami) Warner and Dan Warner. He will be sorely missed by his great friends Dave and Betty Bounce, and Tony and Holly Klein. He also leaves a host of relatives and friends that he valued deeply. He is preceded in death by his parents Frank and Gail, and his sister Diana.
A celebration of his life will be held at the Houston Hall, 3069 Houston Road in Norton on Sunday, January 22 from 1-4pm, casual dress. We will have a short memorial and time for sharing your stories of Steve after. In his memory, we ask that you help a friend in need by donating your time or services as able. Donations in his memory may be made to your local United Way, in the spirit of Steve’s giving heart.