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Maurice Spaulding "Sonny" Spaulding



Maurice "Sonny" Spaulding

FREMONT: Maurice "Sonny" Spaulding, 76, passed away at home peacefully on November 8, 2012 surrounded by family and friends. He was born on October 30, 1936 in Fremont, Ohio, the son of Rowland and Martha (Easterwood) Spaulding.

Sonny attended Fremont city schools until his enlistment in the U.S. Navy in 1954. He served honorably as a Signalman aboard both the Destroyer U.S.S. K.M. Willet (DE-354) and also the Battleship U.S.S Iowa (BB-61). Throughout his life he remained an American patriot, proud of his country and military service, which he considered the lifeblood of democracy.

Although traveling extensively while serving in the Navy, he always enjoyed the small town appeal of Fremont and hard working attitude of Midwesterners. On December 11, 1957 at Saint Ann's Church, he married Betty L. Krienke, also of Fremont, who faithfully remained his wife and companion for over 56 years. A skilled machinist and mechanic, he retired from Dana Corporation in Toledo and more recently was employed as a delivery driver for Advanced Auto during his retirement.

An avid fisherman and sports fan throughout his entire life, he cheered for all Ohio teams, but especially took pleasure in attending Fremont Ross High School football games whenever possible. He also graduated and taught Christianity at the Toledo Bible College, was a member of local American Legion Post 121 and Fraternal Order of Eagles 712 in Fremont.

He is survived by his wife and four children: Sherry (Charlie) Young, Fremont, Bud (Rose) Spaulding, Clinton Township, MI, Kathy (Chris) Kiser, Fremont, and Anna (Scott) Hanover Fremont; ten grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren; sister Madalyn Wammas of Fremont; uncle Jack Wrench, Bellevue. He is preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter Amanda Hanover; and brothers Frances and Gerald.

Memorial services will be held for family and friends at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to the Sandusky County Cancer Care Fund, United Way of Sandusky County. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. "Fair Winds and Following Seas" his final voyage over, he now rests in the presence of Christ forever.

Published in the The News-Messenger on Nov. 13, 2012
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