Warren Earl Speckhart, age 84, of Quincy, died Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at 9:23 am in Blessing Hospital.
Warren was born September 13, 1935 in Quincy, Illinois, the son of Earl F. and Helen B. Campbell Speckhart. He married Shirley Boland on March 13, 1959 in Quincy, Illinois. She survives.
Warren attended Union Grade School and Ursa Grade School. He was a 1953 Quincy High School graduate and attended the University of Illinois from 1953-1954. He attended Western Illinois University from 1954-1957 graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree and then received his Masters Degree in Education in 1962. He taught science at Quincy Senior High School from 1957 -1979. Warren attended the University of Virginia from 1963-1964 where he received a Masters Degree in Education. He also attended Ripon College and Montana State University. Warren farmed from 1980 -2012. He served as treasurer of the TriTownship Fire Department for 2 years and as levee commissioner for Union District, MO. He coached Little League Baseball and 4-H softball. Warren was a devout Christian man, who served as a church elder and a Sunday school teacher at First Presbyterian Church. He currently attended Calvary Baptist Church. He was a member of Adams County Historical Society where he portrayed John Wood for events, and he was a member of Tri-County Civil War Society. Warren was an active volunteer at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, IL as a guide, at Horizons Soup Kitchen, and at the Adams County One-Room School House on school days. He enjoyed travel and museums having visited all 50 states as well as several countries. He was noted as a strong St. Louis Cardinal fan.
In addition to his wife, Shirley, survivors include three children: Mark (Jodell) Speckhart of Taylor, MO; Luanne (Randy) Shover of Payson, IL; and Janet (Marlon) Janssen of Quincy, IL; 10 grandchildren: Isaac (Becky) Speckhart, Ben (Sarah) Speckhart, Caleb (Courtney) Janssen, Natalie (Luke) Zimmerman, Anna (Seth) Martin, ,Whitley Luteru, Abby (Trenton) Fiscus, Ethan Janssen, Jared (Kelsey) Shover, and Rachel (Seth) Gosset; a brother, Aaron Kent (Deanna) Speckhart; a sister Joyce (Ed) Buckley; and a brother-in-law, Garrett (Ann) Boland.
Warren was preceded in death by his parents; a grandchild, Timothy Speckhart; a sister-in-law, Beverly Boland; a brother-in-law and a sister-in-law, Robert and Phyllis Heitholt; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Garrett and Laura Boland; and a step granddaughter, Miranda Wilson.
Memorial Service: Private family service with Rev. Jim Dennis officiating. You may attend remotely by clicking the following link at 3:00 pm on Friday, July 17, 2020.
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Inurnment: private inurnment at New Providence Cemetery
Memorials: Calvary Baptist Church or Horizons
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.
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We also did not hear about Warren till lately. We know it is the circle of life that we all need face eventually. Thank God for God. If there were ever two peas in a pod it was you two. We will always remember the time he told Mariners about how he chose you. You were both blessed for many years. Hate that part in the marriage vows till death do us part. What are they talking about? Heaven is going to be even better! You have both always taken time out whenever we saw you out to ask how everyone was doing with such sincerity. We are trusting God to comfort you and the kids as you wait to join WArren in heaven someday. All our love, John & Vicki Christ
Only recently learned of Warren’s passing...he was my supervising teacher when I student taught at QSHS in 1969. Great guy...will never forget him! I am a retired teacher, principal, and superintendent ....thanks to him!
Just learned of warrens passing I am glad to have known warren. And I know you will miss him terribly I am heavy hearted with you shirley.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Shirley and the family.
Floyd Brown Family, St. Louis, Mo.
I am certainly sorry to hear of your loss. I extend my deepest sympathy.
Our families become closely related
With marriages. Not to mention the connection of Heitholt and Speckhart genealogy. But in our life times we lived so far apart that we almost lost family reunions. I fill strongly that the SPIRITS of our families do care for each other
And that we have some good memories. God’s Grace and our memories help us to carry on.
Love from here . Bill Heitholt.
We pray for the souls of our loved ones that have gone on before us.
Shirley, I just learned of Warren’s passing. I am deeply sorry for your earthly loss. I had been praying since I heard he was in the hospital. Please know I will continue to pray for you.
A friend, Connie K Balfour
Shirley, Mark, Luann, Janet and family we all are so sorry to hear about Warren. What a wonderful person and mentor to all the many lives he touched. He will be missed by many, but he we always be remembered as being a kind, caring and helpful person. Many of his great character qualities you can see in his children, what a great legacy for a father. He was the perfect example of what many of us should strive to be like here on earth. His life is celebrated by many of us and the angels in Heaven.
Rita and Gary Speckhart and family
Sorry to hear of Warren's passing. We will miss his involvement and comments on the Looking for Lincoln Committee. May he rest in peace.
Mike & Kathy Jones
So sorry of Warren’s passing. He was such a wonderful person in so many way. We always enjoyed being in his company. Our sincere sympathy to you Shirley and all your family
Sorry to read of Warren's passing. I will always remember him as a warm and generous person, one of many wonderful Quincy people who enriched the lives of so many. I always looked forward to seeing you both at the QHS class of 1953 reunions. Sincere condolences.
So sorry for your loss, from what I know he was an amazing man.
Mr. Speckhart was a great teacher, a man of kindness. Sending condolences to his family.
My sincere thought and prayers go out to Shirley and the family. Mr. Speckhart was such a good person and so thoughtful. Mr. Speckhart was in my father's class in school and every time before my father passed away when I saw Mr. Speckhart he would always ask about him. That was so kind of him. God Bless!! Dave Pellman
May you have God’s peace , Shirley.
God bless you.
All of Mr. Speckhart’s former students and fiends were sadden by his passing.
When I was a student I considered him a teacher. As an adult I concerned him a friend. Both are good but being a friend is always best. When I saw him public, after he made a presentation, or while being a guest at a class reunion I would always enjoy visiting with him. Not too long ago after he made a presentation at a church group I spoke with him. I shared that through his chemistry class and his explanation of the Periodic Table of Elements it proved to me the existence of God. The elements could not have placed themselves there by random. It took the divine creative mind of God to layout the elements in such a fashion. I want to thank him for my understanding of chemistry and more importantly for my understanding of God.
He shall be missed.
J T Dozier
Dear Shirley and family,
I am saddened to learn of Warren’s passing. It was my fortune to know the Speckhart family for many years. Warren was a very caring and friendly man. It was an honor to be on the QHS staff with him. He was a team player and his biology and chemistry teaching was always exemplary.
I send my sincere condolences and God’s Blessings. May your important memories help soothe the sadness. RIP, Warren.
Warren was a wonderful christian man. May the peace of God guard your heart and mind.
Warren was a wonderful christian man. May the peace of God guard your heart and mind.
You and your entire family are in my prayers for the loss of Warren. He was the most wonderful friend I could ever imagine and I've thought of him and his family almost every day. We all know where he is and we'll all see him again in Heaven. God bless each and every one of you.
So sorry to hear of Waren's passing. He was always a good neighbor and just a fun guy when we were growing up. I believe he was referred to as "Uncle Warren" by most of Marks friends. He was a gentleman farmer and always had interesting stories to tell. I know it hurts not having him around but you know he is in Heaven telling stories to St. Peter! John and Sheila Benz
So very sorry for your loss. Warren was such a warm, kind-hearted and fun teacher to work alongside with in the QHS science department. You could always count on him for a positive and sometimes funny spin on anything that was happening with students and staff in the high school. I have nothing but very pleasant memories of the time we had to spend together.
Condolences to the Speckhart family. Warren was a wonderful neighbor! I have fun memories traveling with Warren to the MVC tournament in St. Louis one year.
Sending lots of love and prayers to you all during this difficult time. Love, Nick and Laura Boland
My sincerest condolences to the family of Warren. He will be missed. Warren was my biology teacher at QHS in 67/68. He turned me on to science and I ended up with a degree in chemistry from QU. I worked as a chemist in Quincy and often crossed paths with Warren at Hy-Vee Harrison. It was always a pleasure to visit with him and catch up. Mike Bernhardt
Speckhart family, Warren was a great man in our eyes.Always friendly,kind,and thoughtful. He will be missed. You all have our sympathy. JD and Nancy Albsmeyer
Dear Speckhart family, We were blessed to meet Warren over 2 years ago when our son married his precious granddaughter, Rachel Shover Gossett. He was such a delight and a vivacious gentleman. What an impact he has made on generations! His legacy will continue to touch lives and make a difference for the Kingdom of God. Blessings, Scott and Sandra Gossett, Huntsville, Alabama
Great man, great teacher truly cared about people he will be missed
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