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Kenneth H. Speakman

Kenneth H. SpeakmanKenneth H. Speakman, 73, of Minerva died Saturday Nov. 13, 2010, in his home. 

Born Sept. 24, 1937, in Paris, he was a son of the late Jay and Ruby (Cogan) Speakman.  He graduated from Minerva High School in 1956 and the Akron Barber College.  He worked for PCC in Minerva for 20 years and was owner of Speakman's Barber Shop for 50 years.  He was a member of St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in Minerva, a former member of the National Guard, Minerva Village Council and St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Minerva.  He was a member of Homeworth Lodge F&AM, Stockers and Streeters Car Club in Minerva, coached little league baseball, and was a member of Minerva Athletic Booster Club and was a member of the chain gang for Minerva Football for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Freda (Nigro) Speakman, whom he married March 18, 1961; a daughter, Kimberly (Jim) Chuckalovchak of Minerva; 2 sons, James (Lori) Speakman of Hampstead, NC, and Timothy (Jennifer) Speakman of Naples, FL; four grandchildren, Taylor and Tyler Speakman, Jayde and Kamryn Chuckalovchak; and a brother-in-law Elwood Schmucker of Louisville.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister, Donna Jean Schmucker.

Following cremation, a Mass of the Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. in St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Minerva with Fr. Anthony Batt as celebrant.  Friends may visit with the family Tuesday evening 5-7 p.m. at the Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home.

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