Dennis "Steve" Steven Spade
Entered Into Rest: May 18, 2017
Residence: Punta Gorda, Florida, formerly of Swanton
Entered into Life: March 8, 1948
Entered into Rest: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Services will be private

Dennis "Steve" Steven Spade, age 69, of Punta Gorda, FL, formerly of Swanton, died Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He was born on March 8, 1948 in Toledo to the late Dennis H. Spade and Soffee (Stevens) Spade Batdorf.  Steve married Sharon Dickinson on June 16, 1966.  He was a truck driver for Chrysler/Jeep for many years; retiring in 2008.

Steve enjoyed spending time at the family cottage on Bird Lake in Michigan.  He was a past president of the Northwest Ohio Trappers Association.  Steve was an entertainer, and was known for hosting yearly Halloween parties, where he loved to dance and perform magic tricks for all the kids.  For the last few years Steve and Sharon spent the winter months in Florida. 

Steve lived on his own terms, mainly those terms were to have a good time and to ensure that those who surrounded him were enjoying themselves.  Always the life of the party, Steve could be counted on for a kind word, a funny story and a welcoming embrace.  He had an ever present gleam in his eye, like he knew something that you didn't.  So approachable people were drawn to him as a if his personality were a powerful magnet.  Husband, father, grandfather, friend, life of the party; whatever role he assumed, he took it on enthusiastically.  He was a man that could turn a bad mood into a good and a good mood into great.  Clearly he was a man who enjoyed his time on earth, accompanied by those he cared about. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his friends and family and will be greatly missed. 

He didn't want us to be sad, he wanted us to celebrate life with our loved ones.  We know he is here with us celebrating.

Steve is survived by his loving wife Sharon Spade; daughters, Stacey (Lonnie) Eason, Shawna (RT) Crawford, and Shelby (Gary) Lancaster; grandchildren, T.J. Moore, Marissa (Jacob) Kraegel, Allison, Paige, and Libby Crawford, and Ruby Lancaster; great-grandchildren, Bella and Mallie Kraegel; brother, Larry (Terry) Spade; mother-in-law, Millie Wright; and aunt, Jennie Michalkiewicz.

Dennis is preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Sandra Gregg.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the University of Michigan Cancer Center.

Services will be private.
Cathy Bardwell Limes
May 19th, 2017 7:17 pm
Hugs and prayers to all. I will always remember him as a fun loving guy with a huge smile. Tale care of each other.
Trudy & Ron Barnes
May 19th, 2017 9:12 pm
We are so so sorry. We will miss Steve dearly.May God hold your hearts during these times. We love you so much,take care.
Bonnie & Ron Holdeman
May 20th, 2017 4:25 am
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steel. May happy memories sustain you through this time. Sending prayers for your family.
Dana and Kevin Garling
May 20th, 2017 4:07 pm
Steve was so full of life and fun! He will definitely be missed by so many. We are so grateful that we were blessed to know Him. He always brought a smile to your face. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Tom and Joyce Shelley
May 20th, 2017 4:28 pm
Sorry for your loss Remembering​ the great time's in school ! And have to smile thinking of Steve !!
Dorothy Keefer
May 20th, 2017 4:30 pm
Thoughts and prayers to family and friends
Janice and Dave Biehl
May 20th, 2017 4:54 pm
We are so sorry to hear this. He leaves an amazing legacy. Hugs to all the family.
John & Jody Herriott
May 20th, 2017 5:23 pm
Sorry for your loss.
Judi Guthrie Rieger
May 20th, 2017 5:47 pm
Death takes another neighborhood and school friend. Sympathy to the Spade Family
Ray & Dar Walter
May 20th, 2017 5:49 pm
Sharon and family, Larry, Terry and family. We can't begin to express how very sad we are for you all. We all have so many wonderful memories of Steve and Sharon, Larry and Terry always being faithful friends and followers of the band and of Ray and Adam. Steve was always there to begin dancing and doing his magic tricks to entertain all. Our hearts are breaking for you all. Please accept our most sincere condolences. We're always here if you need us. We love you all. Ray, Dar, Adam, and little Gibson
Heather Buck (Gingrich)
May 20th, 2017 6:14 pm
Cousin Steve is definitely a light that shines bright in our family tree! I have had the pleasure to have many memories of him as a child and then again recently, unexpected and repeatedly ENJOYABLE, sharing stories and a frozen margarita. Can't wait to hear more stoties, when we meet again, with margarita in hand. Love to our family❤️❤️
Shelly Keifer
May 20th, 2017 7:29 pm
So sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers to your family!
Marcie Retzloff
May 21st, 2017 1:30 am
Dear Sharon your Uncle Bob and I are so sad for you and your family. May Jesus comfort you in your time of need in Jesus Name Amen Our Love to you and your family. Uncle Bob and Marcie
Ann and Christopher Page
May 21st, 2017 1:49 am
The loss of such a good man is very hard for all who knew him. But wow what a legacy!! He brought love, joy and laughter to any of us who were lucky to have him in our lives.
Nancy Wymer
May 21st, 2017 7:28 am
I'm so sorry for your family's loss. We was an awesome funny guy that everyone loved. He was funny and I remember him being so kind. I'm sure you all have very many memories and thru the unbearable pain the memories will help.
Leonard and Joyce Augustyniak
May 21st, 2017 7:34 am
We are sorry to hear of Steve's passing, I am sure God has him in his arms, he is no longer in pain, God will be with you in this Sharon
jeff a bucher
May 21st, 2017 7:39 am
I am so sorry for your loss. I met Steve my senior year in high school when I started working at the turnpike plaza. I had so much fun working with him. We enjoyed lots of laughter and fun over the years he creates. May God`s peace be with you all.
Sharon Moore
May 21st, 2017 7:53 am
So sorry for your loss. Steve was the life of any party.He will be greatly missed. Prayers for the family, love you all. I am so shocked and broken at this moment.
Steve and Lois bell
May 21st, 2017 9:46 am
We are sorry for your loss we were glad to have met him God be with you in your time of loss
Shane, Rachael & Willa G Smith
May 21st, 2017 10:16 am
Steve Spade was a larger than life figure. He was the stuff of legends; and legends are never forgotten. Sending so much love to the entire family- now and always.
Doug & Rhonda McCloy and family
May 21st, 2017 10:51 am
Sharon and Family, we are so sorry and saddened by Steve's passing. He was definitely a lover of people with a big heart and fun-loving personality. Our hearts are with in celebrating the joy of life he embraced and we will miss him greatly... Bird Lake will simply not be the same. 😢 May God's peace and comfort be with you all.❤️
Su Osgerby Ketchmark
May 21st, 2017 1:49 pm
My heart goes out to you, Sharon, and your family. Steve was a truly amazing guy and will be missed so much.
Diane Koepfer
May 21st, 2017 2:32 pm
Sharon & family: So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. I have fond memories of the many parties that we had years ago when Ray & Steve worked together at the turnpike plaza. Hold onto the happy memories of the good times. Sending prayers & hugs to you all.
Jim Anderson
May 21st, 2017 3:55 pm
Gonna miss you buddy ! Never knew anybody that laughed as much as you ! Kept me in stitches all the time while workin with you ! See ya again !
Doyle and Linda Drennan
May 21st, 2017 10:25 pm
We were deeply saddened of the loss of Steve. He was a very special person. There is a song that I hope you'd try to listen to or down load. " Dancing in the Sky" by Dani and Lizzy. Praying for you and the rest of the family during this time.
Doug McCloy
May 22nd, 2017 5:09 am
This has probably been said, but Bird Lake will never be the same without Steve! Fortunately he left is with an example to carry on a great tradition focussed on friendship and fun... Will surely miss him, and our Family will forever remember the pipe bomb 'fireworks' on the 4th of July- maybe we'll have to do a 21 bomb salute this July to honor his passing :-) All our love- Doug
Rick Parkins
May 22nd, 2017 11:28 am
great friend--great guy. things won't seem as good without him
Renee Kudzia
May 22nd, 2017 12:16 pm
Sorry to hear of Steve's passing, I remember him when he was my grandparents neighbor-always friendly, happy,& smiling! Prayers & condolence to all of your family.
Rick perry
May 22nd, 2017 2:35 pm
So sorry to hear about Steve's passing. He was always very good to Rachael and even though I didn't get to see him often, I'll always remember his Amalie and his great laugh. My prayers to you all. I'm sure he's entertain everyone in heaven.
Lori Fournier
May 22nd, 2017 6:03 pm
Sorry for your loss! Hugs and prayers to you and your family.
Brian smith
May 22nd, 2017 10:01 pm
We are praying for your family. It's very tough to lose such a great guy. Always the consummate host making everyone feel special and welcome in his house.
Swanton Elks
May 23rd, 2017 3:45 am
An Elk is never forgotten, never forsaken. The Swanton Elks Lodge shares your sorrow and loss. Our thoughts and prayers to Sharon and family. He will be missed by all of us.
John and Elaine Purdy
May 23rd, 2017 5:35 am
Our sincere condolences to the entire family. Steve was quite a character and so full of life. He will truly be missed by all.
Marilyn Hoffman
May 23rd, 2017 9:03 am
My sincere condolences to you, Sharon, and to all of your family. Steve was indeed the life of the party and made people smile and laugh. I am remembering him from high school and our class reunions he so enthusiastically helped organize and emcee. He will be missed!
Paul C Wines
May 23rd, 2017 11:15 am
I'm so sorry for your loss. There's nothing I can say to lighten the grief you are all feeling. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Rex Sutherland
May 23rd, 2017 6:59 pm
Wow, I was looking forward to seeing Steve and Sharon at the park again and at the 50th reunion this year. Steve's presence was always so upbeat, he will be so missed in gatherings. We shared classes throughout the school years where he was always a happiness spark plug ;-) Prayers to the family and may God's blessings and comforts be felt by all.
Bill & Vickie Robinson
May 23rd, 2017 7:10 pm
Steve will be missed deeply by us!! He was our great friend and have so many memories!! Prayers to Sharon and family through this time ..Takes time to heal ! Were there for you! Love Robinsons
Nichole Heller, LPN
May 25th, 2017 8:25 am
Dennis will be greatly missed by a lot of people, especially all the people in the Whipple support group. I will forever remember him for his sense of humor and positive attitude even in the worse situations. It was a privilege to get to know you and your entire family. Prayers for everyone for healing. Nichole Heller, LPN with Dr Simo
marilyn henricks
May 28th, 2017 12:30 pm
Our Family will never forget The Steve and Sharon Spade Family. Being neighbors for some yrs. it was always a party with Steve and Sharon Spade as neihbors. I learned what a 'Harvey Wall Banger' was.Always a good time with them and children. Never adull moment in their yard. Steve will be missed by all who knew him. May he RIP. Sharon and family our heart goes out to you. You were the best neighbors ever. Love you. Joanne and family.
John and Linda Slaninka
June 5th, 2017 9:38 am
Sharon and family: You are in our thoughts. Steve always had a ready smile for us when we met along the way. He is a classmate we won't forget. Our condolences to you all.
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