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Russell Spetnagel, Jr., 79, of Chillicothe, passed from this life Sunday evening, April 11, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness. He was born Sept. 17, 1924, in Ross County, the son of Russell J. and Ina Janette Fogel Spetnagel. On April 8, 1975, he married Eileen Hatfield, who survives.

Also surviving is a daughter and son-in-law, Thressa and Ronny French, Chillicothe; sons and daughters-in-law, Ted and Martha Spetnagel, of Waverly, David and Shari Spetnagel, of Frankfort, and Dennis and Sue Spetnagel, of Chillicothe; a step-daughter and stepson-in-law, Randy and Cathy Hurtt, of Chillicothe, and a stepson, Mike Hummel, of Chillicothe; grandchildren, Wesley and Tammy Tull and Lauren Spetnagel, step-grandchildren, Allen Richmond, Rhonda Wilson, Tony and Megan Clary and Michael Hurtt; a great-grandchild, Bethany Tull; step-great-grandchildren, Ryan Wilson, Amber Wilson and Amanda Wilson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Bonnie and Harmon Jobe and Eleanor and Doug Richards, all of Chillicothe; brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Mavis Spetnagel and Paul and Garnet Spetnagel, all of Chillicothe, and Joseph and Shirley Spetnagel, Surprise, AZ; and a sister-in-law, Helen Spetnagel, of Richmond Dale. His parents, brothers, Donald and Max Spetnagel, and a half-sister and a half-brother preceded him in death.

Mr. Spetnagel was an employee of Mead Paper, with more than 30 years of service, retiring in 1984. He was a WW II veteran, serving in the United States Marine Corps, and was a member of American Legion Post 62, Amvets Post 4, and the F.O.E.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 2004, in Fawcett Oliver Glass and Palmer Funeral Home, with Rev. Mark Clendaniel officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Adena Health System, 111 W. Water St., Chillicothe, OH 45601.