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Dennis "Steve" Steven Spade

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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.

Residence: Punta Gorda, Florida, formerly of Swanton

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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.

John and Linda Slaninka Jun 5 2017 12:00 AM

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.

marilyn henricks May 28 2017 12:00 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

Nichole Heller, LPN May 25 2017 12:00 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.

Swanton Elks May 23 2017 12:00 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.

John and Elaine Purdy May 23 2017 12:00 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!

Marilyn Hoffman May 23 2017 12:00 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.

Paul C Wines May 23 2017 12:00 AM

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.

Rex Sutherland May 23 2017 12:00 AM

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

Bill & Vickie Robinson May 23 2017 12:00 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

Doug McCloy May 22 2017 12:00 AM

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