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The Spiker Gazette
Oxford, WVVolume  9Issue  1January - May 2015
In this Issue:"Home" Renovations Almost Complete
Spiker Family Reunion - Schedule of Events
Announcements - Graduations, Engagements, Weddings, Births & Events



"Home" Renovations Almost Complete

     You know how it is...home renovations always cost more - and take longer to finish - than we estimate. So I am happy to say that the structural improvements at the Spiker Family Gathering Place are almost complete. Pretty much all that remains to be done is to add a few decorative touches such as photos, paintings, scrapbooks, etc.  If you have any treasures you think would "spruce up the place a bit," be sure to bring them over when you stop by.  Hope to see you soon.   ~Bobbi


Spiker Family Reunion - Schedule of Events


It's almost time for the annual Spiker Family Reunion. Will you be there this year?


Saturday, May 23

     Gates open to all. Campsites w/electrical hookups available. Campfire, ATV rides, etc.

Sunday, May 24

     9:00 AM - Set-up tables, tents, cooking pit equipment, etc. Chicken will be provided. Please bring a covered dish and/or drinks.

     10:00-10:30 AM - Chef Jeff Spiker ("with his clean pipes & heart fixed", per Mike) will need chicken cleaners, turners & assistants as he starts cooking.

     12:00-12:30 PM - Opening Ceremonies:

  • Welcome,
  • Remarks,
  • News,
  • Prayer.

Followed immediately by PHOTO SESSION (please be on time)

     12:30-1:00 PM - Let's EAT !

     1:00 PM -- Activities:

  • Gift Drawing - sign-up when you arrive
  • Auction - please bring an item to be auctioned
  • Fishing Rodeo - prizes will be awarded for biggest, smallest & most fish.
  • Kids Games
  • Corn Hole Tournament - see Jonelle Swiger for sign-ups.
  • ATV Riding
  • Playing/Swimming in the creek/river/pond at your own risk & at your convenience

ALL DAY -- Good conversation, good food & good friendships.






     Ryan & Barbara Thrush's daughter, Payton Grett, graduated with honors from Olathe High School, Colorado. She has been accepted into the Honors Program at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix AZ where she will be pursuing a Bachelors in Biology with an emphasis in pre-med for Physical Therapy.

     Shelly & Rob Curry's son, Devon Yeager, is graduating in June from Doddridge County High School, West Virginia. He plans on attending the University of Charleston and playing football.

     Shelly & Rob Curry's son, Robby Curry, received his Bachelors of Science in Agriculture from WVU with a major in Agricultural & Extension Education.  He has already landed a job with TransOva Genetics, the industry leader in bovine reproductive technology.  He'll be working as a beef cattle specialist with client services.

     Mark & Marilyn's daughter, Jeana Spiker, graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice.



Briana Spiker's Children are Engaged

     Siblings Pete & Kari Deremer have announced their engagements to Stephanie McGowan & Dustin Duda.    

 Stephanie McGowan & Pete DeremerKari Deremer & Dustin Duda



     Brada Stotts announced the marriage of son Brock to Missy Spangler in September 2014.


     Mike & Marty Spiker announced the marriage of son Drew to Katie Onachila in November 2014.

Missy Spangler & Brock StottsKatie Onachila & Drew Spiker 



Christian & Katie Shaffer are Expecting First Child in August

 Submitted by Sarah Spiker Smith:  

     We want to invite all the Spiker family ladies who will be at the farm on Saturday May 23rd to join us at the home of Marilyn Spiker for a baby shower honoring Katie Spiker Shaffer at 2:00.  Please RSVP to me at (phone # removed for privacy) if you are able to join us. Please feel free to private message me for any additional information.


"I'm Getting a What!?"

Submitted by Smokes (pictured):

     Looks like our family will be growing by two feet.  That's right.  My humans, Brock & Missy Stotts, are expecting their first skin-baby in October.


Haley & Pat Cloughessy's Twins Celebrate First Birthday

Submitted by Bobbi Spiker Conley:

     Haley was at serious risk of losing one or both of her unborn sons.  After ten long weeks of being confined to the hospital under continuous fetal monitoring, the doctors determined they could wait no longer to deliver the boys.  At 34 weeks, Greyson Patrick (4 pounds 1 ounce 16-3/4") and Logan Andrew (2 pounds 13 ounces, 14-14") made their debut.  Haley spent every day, all day, for the next 3 weeks with the boys in the hospital NICU before finally being able to bring them home. 

     She made this video to celebrate their remarkable journey to their first birthday on May 20.



Congrats to Katie Onachila Spiker  Submitted by Mike Spiker:

    Our daughter-in-law's first OpEd with the Public Voices Fellowship was the featured story at Women's Enews on April 30th. 

     Katie Onachila Spiker is the Associate Director at the National Center for Women's Employment Equity at Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) and a Public Voices Fellow of the OpEd Project.  You can read her article titled "Loretta Lynch is Like a Tradeswoman: Still Rare" at We-news by clicking here.


Derek Gifford Receives Highest Honor  Submitted by Jeanie Spiker:

     Derek crossed over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and received the highest honor: Arrow of Light.


"Chilly Billy is Hot Off the Press"  Submitted by Melinda Chambers

     Our book (Melinda Chambers & Sue Ann Spiker) is hot off the press!  Good read for kids of all ages.  Good lesson about peer pressure. 


     Editor's note -- Be sure to look back at previous editions of the Spiker Gazette for other articles about Melinda and her books: