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Paul "PJ" Speyer
Paul John Deere Logo OldPaul J. "PJ" Speyer, 84 of Richwood, died Monday, January 18, 2016 at Brookdale in Marion.  He was born May 18, 1931 in Richwood to the late Paul G. and Madonna (Maddox) Speyer.

On December 30, 1950 he married the former Ellen Hoffman and she died in 1998.  He then married the former Ellen Popovich on January 18, 2003 and she survives in Richwood.

He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Marysville and had been a member of the former St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in LaRue.  A 1950 graduate of Richwood High School, PJ was a life-long farmer and had worked as a plant foreman for the former Marblcast in Richwood, and then worked on the Ohio State Fairgrounds in the maintenance department for many years.  His family had formerly owned Speyer's Five and Dime Store in uptown Richwood.  He was very handy and spent much of his time keeping his rental houses in working order.  He enjoyed camping with his grandchildren, traveling, collecting toy tractors, toy grinders, and yardsticks.  PJ will be remembered for his outgoing personality, his ornery spirit and his dedication to Richwood.

He is survived by children, Julia (Don) Thogmartin, Seabrook Island, SC; Joe (Marty) Speyer, Richwood; Sam (Phyllis) Speyer, Garner, NC; Sally (Charlie) Corbett, Bellevue; Jim (Heather) Speyer, Arlington; stepchildren, Ann (Phil) Knueven, Lewis Center; Karen (Matt) Mohr, Marysville; Keith (Erin) Popovich, Richwood; James Popovich, Littleton, CO; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Jim) Ames, Margaret (Meg) Speyer, Allison (Bill) Evert, Samantha Corbett, Logan Speyer, Madison Speyer, Tyson Speyer, John Popovich, William Popovich, Riley Popovich, Benjamin Popovich, Andrew Popovich, Rebecca Mohr, Joseph Mohr; great-grandchildren, Lauren (Tyler) Creel, Lance Grubb, Axel Evert, Evan Ames, Ellen Ames; and a sister, Sarah (Al) Habinak, Spring, TX.

He was preceded in death by a son, Gene Speyer, a grandson, Chris Thogmartin and a sister, Kathryn Ann Hook.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Patrick Toner on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.  Burial will follow in Price Cemetery.  Friends may call on Wednesday, January 27 from 3 to 7 PM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood where Rosary Services will begin at 7:00.

Memorial gifts may be made to the American Heart Association, 5455 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43214 or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 575 Copeland Mill Road, Suite 1A, Westerville, OH 43081.

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#1 from: Florence Borland
Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 1:06 PM

So sorry for your loss.  PJ was a favorite customer when I worked at the grain elevator in Richwood.  Our prayers are with you.
Russ & Florence Borland

#2 from: John @ Barbara Wiley
Richwood Ohio
Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 1:07 PM

We knew PJ for 8o yr's . I always considered him a good friend and neighbor.

#3 from: Joe sloop
Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 5:41 PM

So sorry to hear prayers to family.

#4 from: Paul & Betty Jo Shoup
Upper Sandusky,Oh.
Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 9:12 PM

Sending our deepest sympathy to the family.
"PJ"was a friend for many years.
Paul and Betty Jo Shoup

#5 from: Karen McMahan
Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 10:26 AM

So sorry for your loss.  PJ was one of my favorite customers, always smiling and always had a history lesson for me!  May God be with you all.

#6 from: Walt, Allison & Samantha Hamilton
Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 2:33 PM

So sorry to hear of the family's loss.  May memories bring you peace.

#7 from: Teresa Offutt & Family
Kerrville, Texas
Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 3:23 PM

My condolences to the Speyer family members for the loss of your loved one and my brother-in-law, PJ. Have good memories of flea marketing with PJ and Ellen, spending a few days with them at their farm, their visit to my home in Maryland, and seeing PJ at our family events. PJ will be missed. May God bless his soul.

#8 from: Darlene Lewis
Richwood, OH
Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 3:43 PM

Ellen and Family,
So sorry for your loss.  
Love and prayers.

#9 from: Roy n Rona Penix
Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 6:40 PM

our prayers and thoughts are with, sorryfor your loss GOD BE WITH YOU ALL

#10 from: Lorry and John Matyas
Middletown, Ohio 45044
Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 6:47 PM

Ellen, you are in our prayers.
Sending hugs,
John and Lorry  

#11 from: Whitney Roberts
Brookdale Marion
Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 8:47 PM

My condolences to you all. I enjoyed the short time I got to spend with Paul, I enjoyed sitting and talking to him about farming and his dog Wally. Thank you for giving us the privilege to provide care for him.

#12 from: Ila  LaRue
Marysville, OH
Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 10:23 PM

So sorry for your loss.  Our families have been friends and relatives for many years.  P.J. will be greatly missed in our community.

#13 from: Deb Tevis Clayton
Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 10:52 PM

Sam, so sorry to hear about your Dad. Sounds like he led a full life. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Deb Tevis Clayton

#14 from: Judy Hall Baker
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 8:08 AM

So sorry for your loss. You're all in my thoughts and prayers.

#15 from: Sue
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 9:37 AM

Ellen, so sorry for your loss. PJ was a very special man and I know he will be greatly missed by you and your families. Take comfort in knowing he is with our Lord and Savior. Sue

#16 from: Wayne Evans
North Canton, Ohio
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 9:45 AM

To Sam and the family,
Regina and I are sorry for your loss. Your father always welcomed me into your home growing up and he raised a fine family. May the Lord bless you.

#17 from: Pamela Redmon
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 9:51 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss, for you and family.

#18 from: James Hoffman
Urbana, Ohio
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 10:56 AM

My condolences to Ellen, and all of my first cousins from Richwood. Uncle PJ always had a smile on his face when I was around him. I have fond memories of going to Uncle PJ' house and enjoying the fun times with my Uncle PJ, Aunt Ellen, and all of my cousins. I especially remember the homemade ice cream.

#19 from: Stormy Foos
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 11:32 AM

Speyer family,
So sorry for your loss. PJ was a great neighbor; and friend of the community, he will be missed.

#20 from: Nancy Pacha-Virgil Hoffman
Delaware, Oh.
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 12:59 PM

So very sorry to hear about P.J. passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

#21 from: Pam McCloud Endsley
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 1:51 PM

Julie:  I'm sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers will be with you during this difficult time. God Bless

#22 from: Doris and Richard Griffith
Wauchula, Florida
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 2:39 PM

Dear ones,
We send our sympathy to all of P.J.'s family.  We know you all and are so sorry that he is gone.  We remember all the good times we have had with your family and want you to know that we care about your loss.  We are also sorry to learn that Sam has had a stroke.  We will keep all of you in our prayers and thoughts.
Our family, Beth and John, Barbara and Randy, Belinda and Brian and we are placing a bench in honor of your dad at the Richwood Fair Ground, where he served many years as a faithful member.
 Your old neighbors, Doris and Richard

#23 from: Brenda Emde
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 3:07 PM

Matt and I send our sympathy and love to your family. We will be thinking of you.

#24 from: Mary Gorton
marion, Ohio
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 4:04 PM

So sorry to hear this loss to the Speyer  family. Friends for many years! His sister Katherean  was my aunt by marriage. Prayers &thoughts for all the family! P.i.p. .P.J,

#25 from: Jay Veach
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 4:17 PM

May the lord ease the wieght from the families hearts.i think everyone who knew him,had to love him in some way. I know I did,your friend Jay

#26 from: Tammy Davis
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 5:35 PM

So sorry for your loss. PJ was one of my favorites. Always smiling and always had a story. He will be missed.

#27 from: johna nibert
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 6:13 PM

Sorry to hear the loss of PJ. You have our sympathy .Bill and Johna Nibert

#28 from: Lee and Sally Corbett
Jackson, Ohio
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 6:31 PM

Sally/Charlie and family. Phyllis/Sam and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy. We will send prayers up for comfort and peace at this time.
Lee and Sally Corbett

#29 from: Adam
Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 7:52 AM

Think of you all during this difficult time. PJ always has a smile on his face, he will be missed in the community. You are in my Prayers.

#30 from: Isabell and Gene Cheney
Richwood, OH
Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 1:14 PM

sorry to hear of PJ's passing. lots of great memories going back to high school years, euchre clubs, and new years eve parties. a great helper with needed repairs of any kind. a great friend to all who knew him. we are in florida so will not be able to share with you in person. isabell and gene cheney

#31 from: Don & Darlene Krawczyk
Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 2:23 PM

Sending our condolences to the family of PJ.  We knew him from around the community for years.   He will be missed.   God Bless   Don & Darlene Krawczyk

#32 from: David and Cathy Wobser
Sandusky, Ohio
Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 4:41 PM

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your Father. we send our prayers and offer our sympathy to you, your siblings, and your families. May he now find eternal peace.

#33 from: Georgeanna (Shoup) Kuba
Sat, Jan 23, 2016 at 8:39 AM

I pray for you as members of PJ's family on your loss. I went to school with PJ and he always made the school and friends proud.

#34 from: Theresa hook
Sat, Jan 23, 2016 at 11:02 AM

Sorry to hear about PJ. See you Wednesday.

#35 from: American Heart Association
Sun, Jan 24, 2016 at 1:37 AM

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

#36 from: Fred Smith
Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 3:45 PM

To the family of PJ,our sincere condolences,my his memories keep your strong at this time
Cousins Janet Smith,Greg,Juli,Fred and David

#37 from: David and Nancy Wiley
Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 7:52 AM

We were so sorry to hear of PJ's passing.  We extend our sincere sympathy and are keeping you in our prayers.  May God be with you at this difficult time.

#38 from: Jim and Pat Veach and Family
Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 10:06 AM

May fond Memories of PJ bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. He'll be cherished in our memories forever, and be remembered for his quick wit and his captivating personality. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family.

#39 from: Jean Fry
Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 6:05 PM

We shared so many family gatherings at the Speyer home with all of you.  Your dad was always kind and ready to help the Fry family, which he did numerous times.  Those many reunions and graduations, weddings and births are part of our heritage.  Now it's a heavenly gathering for so many of our dear loved ones whom we miss and love. Peace and prayers at this sad time.   Jean Fry

#40 from: Juli Smith D'Ascendis
Neshanic Station, NJ
Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 7:44 PM

So sorry for your loss. PJ was a wonderful person and will be missed. We are praying for you all.

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