Albert Speckhart, Jr., age 81, of 1584 N 600th Ave., Liberty, IL died Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 7:40 am in his home.
He was born March 6, 1929 in Quincy, Illinois the son of Albert Speckhart, Sr. and Elsie Kappner. On February 13, 1954 he married Mary Durst in Vermont Street United Methodist Church, Quincy. She survives.
Albert and Mary were parade marshals of the 2008 Old Settler’s Parade. They were formerly from the Fall Creek area and moved to Rural Payson in 1958 where they ran their grain and dairy farm.
Albert served during the Korean War from 1951-1953. He was a member of the Plainville Lions Club and served as president and treasurer. He coached 4-H softball for junior and senior boys and girls. He was a Farm Bureau Director for nine years and seved on the P.C. A. Advisory Board. He enjoyed farming, fishing, pheasant hunting, working on his train set, watching Westerns on Television, and doing jigsaw puzzles. He helped with the Lions blood drives. He was a member of Bluff Hall Church where he was very involved, and he served as president of the Mens Fellowship.
Survivors also include, a son, Kenneth Speckhart and wife Nancy of Rural Payson, IL; a daughter, Karen Usherwood and husband Steve of Artesia, NM; 5 grandchildren, Nathan Speckhart and wife Amber of Quincy, Trent Speckhart of Chicago, IL, Kelly Speckhart of Rural Payson, Travis Usherwood and wife Mandi of Artesia, NM, Angela Williams and husband Ronnie of Artesia, NM; 6 great-grandchildren, Autumn and Carter Speckhart, Brant Usherwood, Kaden, Bradley and Steven Williams; a sister, Viola Schmeideskamp of Quincy; 3 brothers, Raymond Speckhart and wife Marilyn of Rural Payson, George Speckhart and wife Linda of McMinnville, TN, and Terry Speckhart and wife Linda of Bloomington, IL; a sister-in-law, Wanda Speckhart of Quincy; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Jim Speckhart.
Services: 10:00 am – Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at Bluff Hall Church with the Pastor Scott Allen officiating. Burial will be in Bluff Hall Cemetery.
Visitation: 4- 7 pm, Tuesday at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home
Memorials: Bluff Hall Church, Blessing Foundation for Hospice or the American Cancer Society
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.