Joseph (Joe) Oliver Spillman, 78, a resident of Delaware for the last 40 years died late Saturday evening (June 2, 2012) at Kobacker House in Columbus.
Born on Sept. 16, 1933, in Lawrence County, Ky., he was the son of the late Carl and Effie Spillman. A U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict, he came to Delaware 44 years ago from Plain City. He retired from the Union Fork & Hoe Plant formerly of Delaware, where he worked as a forklift operator. An outdoorsman at heart he enjoyed mowing his grass, fishing and hunting. He was a man of the “old school” of strong principles. He often commented, “They just don’t make men the way they use to.” A good friend to all, he was described as loving, caring and “just a heck of a guy.” He taught his children how to do things the right way. He treasured his family, especially his grandchildren, and loved spending time on his tractor tending to his yard.
He will be dearly missed by his children, Barbara Ann Paul (John) of Zanesville, David Spillman (Traci) of Cardington and Jacqueline Baylous (Stan Rader) of Delaware; 11 dear grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Carl Spillman Jr. of Delaware; sister, Nannie McCormick of West Virginia; as well as family friends, Carl Thompson (Judy), Mary Rodriguez and Kristy Frost.
Joe was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Effie (Shortridge) Spillman on June 24, 2011, and numerous brothers and sisters.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware.
Condolences may be expressed at snyderfuneralhomes.com.