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Zail E Spear

Born: Fri., May 6, 1921
Died: Mon., Dec. 16, 2013


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Thu., Dec. 19, 2013
Location: Chandler Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Thu., Dec. 19, 2013
Location: Chandler Funeral Home Chapel

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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. 



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Cheryl J Skinner, Patriot Guard
   Posted Tue December 17, 2013
May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, may your memories of Zail E. Spear, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is done. I thank you for your service and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

Zail E. Spear, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

My thoughts and prayers are with the family of this True American Hero.

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Sam Milligan
   Posted Tue December 17, 2013
Sorry to hear of your father's passing. He was a great Christian man.

Daryl Van Fossen
   Posted Tue December 17, 2013
Many fond memories of Mr Spear. Being at his home always made me feel good.

Fred McDonald
   Posted Tue December 17, 2013
My deepest sympathy to the Spear family . I was fortunate to work with
Zail at the Gould plant and itl was a pleasure to be in his company .
He walked the walk !!!!

Bruce Smith
   Posted Wed December 18, 2013
My condolences to Ken and the Spear family.

Sherri (Sealock) Maxwell
   Posted Wed December 18, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will always hold dear the memories of Uncle Zail and my Grandpa Sealock enjoying their talks and getting to see each other at the reunions over the years. May God watch over you and that you find comfort. Uncle Zail was a wonderful man that will be forever missed.

Patricia Beman Ward
   Posted Thu December 19, 2013
My mother; Jessie Spear Beman always spoke so highly of Zail and his family,I know she would be so saddened and yet happy to see him in Heaven.Our thoughts are with you>

   Posted Tue December 24, 2013

Dave and Diana Lawrence
   Posted Mon January 13, 2014
To the Spear Family,

We found out too late about Zail and Dave and I are so sad he's gone. I will miss hearing from him at Christmas. I sure have missed him since his leaving the Hunkadora Valley. Zail was fun to talk to and he new a lot of interesting info about Noble County. I always wanted to be a mouse and hear what the Hunkadora Mens Club were discussing in the school house!
Zail will always be a fond memory for me and I am so glad I had the
opportunity to know him. May you find peace in the memories.