Augustus Speary

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William Augustus ("Bill") Speary, Sr. was born to Wilhelmina and August Speary in San Antonio on March 1, 1923, and died at his home in The Woodlands surrounded by his family on May 10th, 2017. Bill grew up in Runge where he graduated from Runge High School in 1940. Bill then enrolled in the University of Texas in Austin. At UT, he met his first wife, Ida Mae Madeley.

His education was interrupted by his service to his country in World War II and the Korean Conflict. He received a BS in Business Administration from Sull Ross State University (1947) and an MBA from the University of Houston (1958).

From 1951 until his retirement in 1992, Bill taught business courses on both the high school and college level. From 1960 until 1992, he was on the faculty of the University of Houston, where he taught courses in retail marketing and management offered by the College of Business Technology. While at the U of H, Bill became the ex-officio assistant to the Cougar's golf coach Dave Williams and served as the players' academic counselor. He helped to run the U of H's annual All-America Invitational Golf Tournament. An avid amateur golfer himself, Bill shot his age 6 times.

Enlisting in 1942, Bill served in the U.S. Marine Corps, both in the ready reserves and on active duty, until his retirement in 1983 with the rank of Colonel. In WW II, he served as part of combat support during the invasion of Saipan and the occupation of Japan after their surrender. He also served in the occupation of the Korean DMZ at the end of hostilities in the Korean Conflict.

Ida predeceased Bill in 1999. He is survived by his third wife, Olive Lee (Hackler) Speary. He is also survived by his three sons from his first marriage, William Augustus "Gus" Speary, Jr. and wife Faye of Vincent, AL; John Madeley Speary and wife Rosalie of Albuquerque, NM; and Meyer McCaleb "Cabe" Speary and wife Linda of Edenton, NC and 3 grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church of The Woodlands, 3901 Panther Creek, The Woodlands on Saturday, May 13th at 2:00 PM followed by a reception in the Parish Hall. The funeral service and interment will occur on Monday, May 15th at 10 AM at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home, 6900 Lawndale Ave., Houston.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the .


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Published on from May 11 to May 24, 2017