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Obituary: OC Spath

OC Spath, 61, of Kingman passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 12, 2013, at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix.

He was born Aug. 23, 1951, in Fort Atkinson, Wis., and loved calling Kingman his home since November 2008.

OC proudly served in the U.S. Navy for 10 years as a sonar technician and instructor, having had the opportunity to be home-ported in Athens, Greece, for three years before coming to the States and completing his service in San Diego. He then worked for the Wisconsin Gas Company as an instrument technician and a system controller. He remained with the company for 27 years until his retirement in November 2008.

OC had a love for life, surrounded himself with many wonderful friends, and created lifetime memories. His passions included golf, bowling, playing the Native American flute, playing a little penny keno from time to time, cheering for the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers, and was known to occasionally make a side bet with fans of "other" teams. Prior to being diagnosed with leukemia in January 2012 he was enjoying his retirement to the fullest.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, Debbie; mother, Ann J. Spath; brother, Doug Spath and his wife Kathy; sisters, Barb Fischer and her family, Donna Huggins and her family; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and many cherished friends.

Family and friends are welcome to join us for a short service at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 25, at Grace Lutheran Church, 2101 Harrison St. At OC's request the service will be followed at 6 p.m. by a celebration of his life get together at Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course, 1001 Gates Ave. Finger foods and dessert will be served.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.