John H. Speth

Speth, John H.

John H. Speth died on Wednesday morning, December 19, 2012. John was born August 12, 1925, in Alma Center, WI, the son of Sophie (Hohn) and Henry Speth. He graduated from Alma Center High School; and on his 18th birthday, he enlisted in the US Army. He took basic training in Florida and then sailed to England for training with the US Army Rangers. On the second day of the invasion of France, John went ashore at Omaha Beach. As part of the 234th Combat Engineers, they worked their way through Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, and then Netherlands, where on September 30, 1944, John was hit by machine gun fire. He received care in hospitals located in Maastricht, Holland, Paris, and London before sailing for the US on December 7, 1944. He arrived in New York on December 27, where Babe Ruth welcomed them home as Santa Claus. He was treated further in Walla Walla, WA and in Fort Custer, MI. John was honorably discharged on November 28, 1945.

Following discharge, John earned his Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Mathematics and minors in Chemistry and Physics from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. On August 15, 1949, he began his teaching career at Abbotsford High School. He then spent four years teaching math in Pittsville High School; and in August 1956, he moved to Green Bay to teach math at Preble High School. While teaching, he began work on a Masters Degree at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He finished his Master's Degree and became head of the Math Department at Preble High School, where he worked until his retirement. During those years, he did additional post graduate work at Oberlin College and Illinois Tech. He also taught mathematics part-time at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. John retired in June 1986.

John is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, their six children - David (Sherry) Speth, Sheboygan Falls, WI; Margaret Speth, Green Bay; Andrew (Janet) Speth, Madison, WI; Joan (Fred) Budde, Waverly, MN; Mary Hammond, Green Bay; and Thomas (Sheila) Speth, Cincinnati, thirteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and two brothers - Norbert Speth and Bernard Speth. John is preceded in death by his parents, one brother - Hubert, and three sisters - Elizabeth, Regina, and Dorothy.

Family and friends may call at the Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E.Mason St. on Friday, December 21 from 4-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 2040 Hillside Ln, on Saturday, December 22 from 9:30 am until the mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with Rev. Mark Vander Steeg officiating.

Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, 2012