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
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
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.
Good Lord bless and keep you in the hollow of His hand.
Plain Dealer Obituary
Uncle Jerry... I Love You!
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