Irvin Leroy Speaker, 86, longtime area resident, died Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at the Eben Ezer Lutheran Care Center in Brush.
Irvin was born May 21, 1927 to John and Katherine (Kler) Speaker in Haxton. His parents were both born in Norka, Russia. He married Marie R. Turley on August 15, 1958 in Fort Morgan.
He attended school at Sunnydale, a country school in the area, and Buckingham High School graduating in 1946.
Irvin farmed and raised cattle in the Buckingham-Briggsdale area from 1946 until 2008. In 2008, after a fire destroyed his house, he and Marie moved to Fort Morgan. He also worked for over twenty years as campaign help at the Great Western Sugar Company in Fort Morgan.
He was a member of the Weldon Valley Presbyterian Church in Goodrich. In his earlier years, Irvin served on an ASCS Committee in Weld County, was a member of the Fort Morgan Elks Lodge, and a member of the Greeley Moose Lodge. He loved to polka dance.
Survivors include his wife, Marie of Fort Morgan; two sons, Michael L. Speaker of Briggsdale and Mark J. Speaker of Berthoud; two grandchildren, and two nephews.
Irvin was preceded in death by his brother, Paul J. Speaker, his sister, Marion L. Hays, one nephew, and his parents.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the United Presbyterian Church in Fort Morgan. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. in Memory Gardens.
Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Weldon Valley Presbyterian Church in Goodrich.
The Heer Mortuary in Fort Morgan is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in The Fort Morgan Times on Sept. 19, 2013