Gerald Francis Speck

November 28th, 1945 - November 11th, 2006


Jerry Speck
Receiving his Hero Trophy
MGO Reunion - July 22nd, 2006



My Uncle, Jerry Speck passed away on Tuesday, November 14th, 2006, after a nine month fight with esophageal cancer.  He was 60 years old. Jerry was a life-long resident of Parma. He was born on Wednesday, November 28th, 1945 to Mary Jeanne Speck (Gillespie) and Donald Speck (both deceased).

Jerry was the third of seven children:  David, Thomas, Charles, Jayne Ross (deceased), Catherine (Kitty) Lazar and Donna. Jerry is survived by his loving wife Peggy (Moehring), his daughters Jennifer Seminatore (Anthony) and Lisa Mindek (Eric), his loving grandchildren Kaitlin and Nicholas; his nieces and nephews Brian Keith, Christopher, Craig, Jeffrey, Brian Joseph, Tracy, Krista, Alex III, Michael and Brandon; his grand-nieces and nephews; countless cousins, uncles, aunts, friends, neighbors and coworkers.

Jerry served in the US Navy on the aircraft carrier USS Independence (CV-62), then went to work for the Ohio State Liquor Agency as a store manager.  After retirement, he continued to work in the liquor business, managing private-owned stores in the Cleveland area.  

Funeral services were handled by the Zabor Funeral Home on Thursday November 16th, from 6-8 pm and Friday November 17th, from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm.  A Military Burial was held on Saturday morning, November 18th, at 11 am at the funeral home, with interment at Parma Heights Cemetery, on Pearl Road, just south of Snow Road.  I'd like to again thank the brave officers and sailors of the US Navy for participating in our remembrance of Jerry.  Witnessing the ceremonial folding and presentation of the US Flag to my Aunt Peggy is something that I will soon not forget.  I'd also like to thank the Bagpiper from the Cleveland Police Pipes and Drums Unit for playing the bagpipes during the service.  The pipes added a special touch to the funeral, and reminded everyone of our Irish roots.

When I was a small child, Uncle Jerry would call all of us kids "rugrats."  We used to kid with him that he too was a rugrat.  When Jerry denied it, we then called him "King Rugrat."  The nickname stuck to this day.  Jerry loved the title of "King," but we who loved him knew deep down that he really was the family Court Jester... put here by the Good Lord to keep all of us laughing... and that he did very well.  There was never a frown when Jerry was nearby.

May the Good Lord bless and keep you in the hollow of His hand.

Cleveland Plain Dealer Obituary

Uncle Jerry... I Love You!


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