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Michael Speer

January 17, 1951 — November 3, 2018


Michael D. Speer, age 67, of Kahoka, MO, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, November 3, 2018 in the emergency room of Unity Point Hospital in Keokuk, IA.

Mike was born January 17, 1951 in Davenport, IA, a son of Ermin and Betty Ballew Speer.

On February 22, 1992, he was united in marriage to Vickie Brand in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Survivors include his wife, Vickie, of Kahoka; mother-in-law, Mary Decker of Galesburg, IL two sons, Justin (Danelle) Brunk of Kahoka and Kris (Tenneille) Speer of West Point, IA; step-children: Angela Lybarger of Monmouth, IL, James Brand of Iowa and Jeff (Heather) Brand of Princeville, IL; ten grandchildren: London and Kiara Brunk, Zander and Zayne Speer, Cassandra Ellison, Carson Clayton, Austen, Cassidy, Isabel and Annette Brand; a great granddaughter, Adalynn Brand; one brother, Roger (Janie) Speer of Luray; a sister, Sheila York of Kahoka; a nephew, Brandon (Kindra) York of Lake St. Louis, MO and their daughter, Ruby Grace; as well as other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law, Richard Decker.

Mike graduated from Wyaconda High School and was saved and baptized at the former Bear Creek Baptist Church south of Wyaconda. In the early 1980's Mike went to work for Tri-State Grain Inspection, however, the majority of is life was spent as a truck driver. He had been an independent over the road operator for 50 years and the past 22 years leased to Landstar. He retired this past January after suffering a massive stroke while on the road near Springfield, MO. He and Vickie spent many hours and miles driving together across the United States.

Mike had many, many friends. He was known by several nick names - Hooter, Montana Moose Molester and on the CB as Houdini. He loved people and made many friends across the nation and here in his corner of Missouri. It was a fact that he spent all hours of the day and night on his cell phone talking or texting, connecting with those he cared about.

He loved to fish, especially bass. He had escorted the famous fisherman, Jimmy Houston, fishing near Memphis while Jimmy was filming his tv show. He was a hunter as well, particularly deer and turkey. He was an avid flea market shopper and had many treasures in his shop acquired through his ventures. He was also quite a prankster. He loved to "wheel and deal".

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Pastor Glenn Yoder officiating. Burial followed in the Kahoka Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Clark Co. Ambulance District.

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Friends may call at Wilson Funeral Home after 9 a.m. Tuesday with family receiving friends from 5-8 p.m.


Tuesday, November 06, 2018
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Wilson Funeral Home
975 E. Main
Kahoka, Missouri 63445

Friends may call at Wilson Funeral Home after 9 a.m. Tuesday with family receiving friends from 5-8 p.m.

Funeral Service

Wednesday, November 07, 2018
10:30 AM

Wilson Funeral Home
975 E. Main
Kahoka, Missouri 63445

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