Mr. Michael John Speedling
September 24, 1968 - April 18, 2020

Michael John Speedling, 51, passed away on April 18th surrounded by his family while peacefully listening to the calming sound of the ocean, after a two-year battle with liver cancer.
Michael was born in Poughkeepsie, New York on September 24th 1968 to Fred Speedling and Linda Lawson.

Michael is survived by his wife of 29 years, Dawn Speedling of Oak Island, NC; daughter Brittanie Speedling Harris and husband Bill Harris, their son Jace of Southport, NC; daughter Ashleigh Speedling and Fiancé Wade Harris Jr. of Southport, NC; father Fred Speedling of Sunset Beach, NC and mother Linda Lawson and husband Dave Lawson of Franklin, NY; brother Steven Speedling and Wife Jennifer and sons Brandon and Andrew, of Elizaville, NY; brother Daniel Speedling and wife Randi and sons Peyton, Carter & Jamison his Godson of Hyde Park, NY; stepbrother Brian Lawson and Wife Jane and daughter Tiffanie Lawson; stepsister Tracy Decker and husband John and children Kelsey and Zack; Goddaughter Addilynn Tyler of Darien, CT and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his beloved grandparents John and Bettye June Wilks and Fred and Elsie Speedling, his Uncle Jack Wilks and Aunt Harriett Ziegler.

In his younger days, Michael spent his time volunteering with the Rhinebeck, NY Fire Department. His passion for NASCAR and racing ultimately led to him spending his weekends assisting his brothers and nephews at the dirt track. Michael worked for FedEx Freight starting in 2008 and worked for them until his passing.

After spending most of his life in Rhinebeck, NY, Michael and Dawn moved to Oak Island in 2017 and fulfilled their dream of living at the beach where he spent all his weekends enjoying the time at the ocean. When he wasn’t on the beach you would find Michael enjoying a NASCAR race, watching football, watching hallmark movies or cooking his Granddaddy’s BBQ chicken on his smoker. Ultimately none of his favorite pastimes could compare to the moments spent with his family, especially his grandson.

Cremation to be performed by Coastal Cremation in North Carolina. Condolences and memories can be posted to their website, under Obituaries. Michael’s life will be celebrated on Friday, July 3, 2020 in NY. The service will be available on live-stream for those unable to attend. Additional details will be posted on the family gofundme page.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Liver Foundation or the gofundme account ( to assist the family with his services.


Coastal Cremations is serving the family


  • Tammy Manicone Posted April 23, 2020 3:21 pm

    So sorry for this amazing life taken way too early! His smile and laugh could fill a room. He will be missed! My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this terrible time.

  • Steven Duke Posted April 23, 2020 6:45 pm

    Will always remember Mike at the family picnics at Steves house ! His tv hooked up to watch the race . His easy smile and his loving family

  • Amy White Posted April 23, 2020 9:00 pm

    I am so sorry, to you all, for your loss.

  • Lori Simmons Posted April 24, 2020 12:20 am

    So sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Bryant Knapp Posted April 24, 2020 12:53 am

    My condolences to the entire family. Have some great memories as kids on Nine Partners in Clinton. Prayers to everyone in this difficult time.

  • Robert Szymanski Posted April 24, 2020 10:49 am

    So very sorry! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!

  • Jill S Taylor Posted April 24, 2020 10:51 pm

    Dawn and family So sorry for your loss, there really are no words but cherish all your memories and all who new him keep telling your stories

  • Mac Wilks Posted April 25, 2020 7:26 pm

    Michael will be sorely missed by all of his family and friends that had the pleasure of knowing him. He was a dedicated family man who proved his love for you through his actions, as well as his words. If you had a need, he was ready to give you advice, loan you his truck, or come over to help with a task. He looked out for you!
    While Micheal was taken from us way too soon, his legacy will live on as he and Dawn instilled his family values in their two lovely daughters, Brittanie and Ashleigh! As he is looking down from Heaven, I’m sure he has a smile on his face knowing that he’s made the world a better place and his legacy will live on!
    We’ll miss you Micheal!

  • Beth and Don Posted April 27, 2020 6:47 pm

    Michael will always be remembered as a man who was devoted to his family. He loved spending time with his many relatives, but especially his immediate family. He could make a simple get together feel special. From the Vassar Road House to the Lake House to Oak Island, Michael celebrated life every day. Our hearts are with Linda and Dave, Fred, Dawn, Brittanie and family, Ashley and fiancé, Steven and family, Daniel and family, and his many aunts, uncles,cousins, nieces and nephews as well as friends that mourn his loss. We are thankful that Michael is at peace in Heaven, surrounded by family angels. We will miss Michael terribly.

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