Zail E SpearMay 6, 1921 ~ December 16, 2013 (age 92)
Zail Everett Spear age 92, of Columbus formerly of Caldwell, Ohio died Monday, December 16, 2013 at The Sterling House in Westerville, Ohio. He was born May 6, 1921 in Noble County, OH the son of the late William Calton and Alta Belle Iams Spear.
Zail attended the former Bells Elementary School and graduated from Caldwell High School. He served and protected our nation in the US Army during WWII in northern Africa and southern Europe. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Caldwell, and retired in 1983 from the former DANA Corporation. His hobbies included genealogy, historical research of Noble County and he contributed valuable information regarding The Soakum Tradition and our Soakum Festival. He also enjoyed meeting weekly with the “Hunkadora City Council” in the Hunkadora School House.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Shelah Cain Spear, whom he married on November 21st, 1945 and who passed on January 28th, 2006 and one brother Ivan Iams.
Surviving are three sons George (Denise) Spear of Pataskala, Kenneth Spear of Pickerington, and Philip (Meg) Spear of Paris, KY; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Spear, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving is a niece Betty Kromi of Canton.
Friends will be received Thursday December 19th, 2013 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Chandler Funeral Home, 609 West Street, Caldwell, Ohio. A Funeral Service will follow at 1:00 pm in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with the Pastor Jonathan Thibos officiating. Burial will follow in Dudley Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Noble County Historical Society, 419 West Street, P.O. Box 128 Caldwell, Ohio 43724.