Samuel E. Speta, 73, of 4450 Rte 275, Friendship passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, January 30, 2020 shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital.
Born on September 16, 1946, in Cuba, he was a son of Louis and Violet Lewis Speta. On November 18, 1972, in Friendship he married the former Gayle E. Dunshie who survives.
Sam was a graduate of Richburg Central Schools Class of 1964. He then served in the United States Army from 1966-68. He received the National Defense Service Medal for his service.
He had been employed as a Truck Driver for the New York State Department of Transportation in Friendship prior to his retirement. He had also owned and operated S, G, & M Farm Equipment for several years.
He was lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, Shooters Committee on Political Education, the Friendship American Legion Post 1168, and the Allegany County Veterans Organization. Hunting and going to auctions, and various collections were several of his hobbies.
In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons, Mark (Katina) Speta of Pocomoke City, Maryland and John (Jennifer) French of Friendship; nine grandchildren; six sisters, Cathleen Gleason of Friendship, Sherley Durkee of Rushford, Sally Kirtley of Texas, Christine (Gordon) Smith of Minnesota, Sherry Jo (Robert) Austin of Portville and Charlotte Gaeta of Belmont;
a brother-in-law, Russell Scott of Rushford; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a brother, Charles Speta; and a sister, Sylvia Scott.
Graveside services will be held in Maple Grove Cemetery, Friendship at a date and time to be announced this coming spring.
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Cremation arrangements are under direction of the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., Cuba.