Oren W. Spilker, of Reynoldsburg, OH, passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2011. He was born in Cleveland, OH, on August 21, 1924, to the late C. Howard and Rosa Wolf Spilker, and preceded in death by one brother Wendell Spilker. He was a graduate of the 1942 class of J. F. Rhodes High School (Cleveland) and the Ohio State University (OSU) (B.S. and M.S. degrees).
Spilker worked for 40 years for the Ohio Department of Agriculture as a plant pathologist and pesticide specialist involved with state pesticide regulation and in the certification and training of pesticide applicators. He was always proud to be a plant pathologist.
A devoted husband and father, he is survived by his wife, Marjorie (Lautermilch) Spilker of 64 years; sons, Wayne (Christine), grandchildren, Brittany and Hannah, Crystal Beach, Fl; Douglas (Cathy), and grandchildren, Nathaniel and Maria, Blue Springs, MO; and sister-in-law, Olga Spilker, Terry, Christopher, and Wendy, Cleveland. Member of Sigma Xi, past president of the American Association of Pesticide Control Officials, and three times past president of Reynoldsburg Kiwanis Club. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a member of the Ohio Agriculture Council and APS, a life member of the OSU Alumni Association, past elder of Parkview Presbyterian Church, and a life member of VFW Post 9473.