Samuel R. Speaker, Sr., 75 of Aledo, died Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Genesis Medical Center, Aledo. Services are Thursday at Speer Funeral Home, Aledo. Masonic Services will begin at 5:00 PM, followed by Reverend Chuck Reynolds conducting funeral services. Visitation is from 3 to 5 on Thursday, prior to services. Cremation rites will be accorded after the services. Memorials may be made to the Samuel Speaker, Sr. Memorial Fund.
Samuel Ray was born on February 21, 1940 in Steubenville, Ohio to William & Ruth (Sullivan) Speaker, Sr. He married Lois Fay Griffin on September 6, 1979.
Sam retired from CASE IH, working both in Rock Island and Burlington. He also enjoyed working for Lane R. Hyett and Wal-Mart. In his spare time he enjoyed spending time with his horses and geese. Sam also enjoyed wood-carving, sharing his knowledge with his grandchildren and never knew a stranger. Sam was a member of the New Boston Masonic Lodge, AF & AM, #59.
Sam is survived by his wife, Lois; his children and spouses: Tammie Muse of Little Rock, AR; Susan & Enrique Roman of Albuquerque, NM; Tonny & Lisa Burwell of Muscatine; Sam & Betsy Speaker, Jr. of Rio Rancho, NM; Marvin & Cindy McCarty of Aledo; Tabitha DeSplinter of Muscatine; Melissa & Jim Meier of Muscatine; Candy Speaker-White & Steve White of Moline and Steven & Kristen Speaker of Aledo; 2 brothers: Bill & Clarissa Speaker, Jr. of Steubenville, OH and Don Speaker of Tulsa, OK; 30 grandchildren and 39 Great-Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Jimmy Speaker.