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The Spiker Gazette
Oxford, WVVolume  14Issue  6 June 2020
In this Issue:Stories from the Next Generation


Stories from the Next Generation

Written by:  Bobbi Spiker-Conley

     In the spring of 2006, Melanie Spiker-Fouse challenged the family to write their stories about our parents' generation, "so that the generations that follow will know a little bit about these beloved ancestors. Something more than just their vital records of birth and death dates, etc. Something to bring them to life before your eyes. So you could love their memories like we do."

     She compiled the stories into the Family Scrapbook of Precious Memories that is now located at the farm, and I organized copies of them here in our Library.

     This past April, Melanie reached out again, but this time to the following generations - our children and grand-children. "This is the first Spiker Reunion that we've had to miss for many, many years," she wrote. "...we could have a 'virtual reunion' by getting your generation to write down your memories of the Spiker Farm. What are your favorite memories? What people played a big part in your memories of the reunion throughout your childhood? What was your favorite activity?

     "[Your stories] will eventually join our generation's stories in the scrapbook [at the farm] and on the family website [in the Library] but we need to get them back before time for the reunion this year so we can all share in the love and laughter of family...even when we can't get together physically."

     As with everything else in 2020 (or so it seems,) not much goes as hoped or as planned. We were unable to host a "virtual reunion" and the stories are slow to arrive. But the good news is, we can share one of those stories with you this month.  Follow this link to read Katie Spiker-Shaffer's story titled My Farm Memories.

     Now the rest of you...get busy. Read through the stories in our Library for inspiration. Then, tell us your own. We can't wait to read them.




♦  Submitted by Wayne Struzik -- My brother-in-law, known to me and the family as my brother, Tom Kuhn, passed away this morning (June 25, 2020) on the Family Farm. He was ready to die and be with my sister, Joan.

     I will miss him dearly. When we got together, we would have fun and laugh. The last dinner we had together, an older woman was hitting on him and we got to laughing so hard, we could barely get out of the restaurant -- and then continued to the car still laughing. When I started driving, he would bring up something that the woman had said, and we started laughing all over again.

     I am blessed that we had so much fun that night - and other dinner nights. We were crazy together.




OBITUARY - George Tom (Buzz) Kuhn

On 25 June 2020, George Tom (Buzz) Kuhn died at his home.

Born February 27, 1933, in Bradshaw, Maryland to Cora (Crumrine) and George Kuhn. He was a graduate of St. Stephen High School in Bradshaw, MD and was a Korean War veteran. He retired from his own construction business in 1990. He was a former resident of Bradshaw, Annapolis, Bel Air, and Kingsville, MD.

He is predeceased by his long-time love, Joan Struzik Cerny. Devoted father of Kurt (Roxanne) Kuhn of Arnold, MD and Kim Gregory of Nottingham, MD. Stepfather of Pam (Alan) Turner of Saratoga, CA; Vicki (Jeff) Balsley of Mocksville, NC, and Mike (Katie) Cerny of Arnold, MD. Grandfather of Kristian Kuhn of Mayo, MD; Kathryn Kuhn of Arnold, MD; Adam Kuhn of Glen Burnie, MD; Samantha Gregory of Bradshaw, MD; Jessi Gregory of Los Angeles, CA; Josh Balsley of Mocksville, NC; Carly (Jeremiah) Creason of Winston-Salem, NC; Matthew (Theresa) Cerny of Arnold, MD; Alix Turner of Los Angeles, CA; Andrew Cerny of Honolulu, HI; Ali Malesick of Columbus, OH; Melinda Malesick of Pasadena, MD; Matthew Malesick of Centerville, MD. Great grandfather of Samuel, Andrew, and Daniel Kuhn; Savannah Gregory; Madison and Michael Cerny. He is survived by one sister, Doris Funk of Nottingham, MD and brother-in-law Wayne Struzik of Wooster, OH and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by two of his sisters, Audrey Miller and Evelyn Flottemesch.

Private internment is planned at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.