Jon Spyker went to live with the Lord and the love of his life, Maxine Spyker, on Sept. 3, 2018. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Spyker. He leaves his daughter, Tami Goudy (Spyker); son, Jeffrey Spyker; grandson, Chris Spyker; granddaughter, Abigail Goudy; son-in-law, Donald Goudy, Jr; and daughter-in-law, Debra Spyker. He was the son of Harvey and Mary (Tomlinson) Spyker and is preceded in death by his brother James and sister Jane Patterson. He was a Lieutenant in the Air Force during the Korean War at which time he was in the intelligence division. He was in the insurance industry for over 50 years and ended his long career as an independent agent working out of Okeechobee. He loved his children and adored both of his grandchildren. He was proud of both of them. He loved to fish, golf, hunt, woodworking, and being with his family. Jon loved to paint and often gave his paintings to those for whom he cared. He was born in Auglaize County, Ohio and grew up on the family farm. He went to Spencerville High School in Spencerville, Ohio, where he was on the football team and met his high school sweetheart whom he married on June 26, 1955. He struggled in the last years of his life with a form of muscular dystrophy (body inclusion myositis) and several heart attacks. Despite the odds against him, he fought hard to live a quality life no matter the circumstances. Jon founded the residence council at a local assisted living facility where he lived. He wanted to make sure others who did not have a voice in their care would have a voice through his efforts, and he made a huge difference in their lives. He is an inspiration to all, especially his family. He is our hero for life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Jon Spyker's name. Thank you.
Visitation will be held this evening, Friday, Sept. 7th from 6-8 pm at Griffith-Cline Funeral Home, 720 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205. The funeral will be Saturday, Sept. 8th at 11 am at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205.
Muscular Dystrophy Association
161 N. Clark, Suite 3550, Chicago IL 60601