John F. Speedy
Kenai resident John F. Speedy died Wednesday, April 19, 2006, at Central Peninsula General Hospital of cardiac arrest. He was 73.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church, 44175 Kalifornsky Beach Road, with a graveside service with full military honors at 3 p.m. Monday, April 24, at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. The Rev. Chris Ball of Anchorage will officiate.
Mr. Speedy was born June 9, 1932, in Lemay County, Mo., but spent most of his childhood in Los Angeles. After graduating from high school, he joined the Army and served with the 1st Cavalry and 2nd Armored Divisions and remained on active duty for more than 27 years. He fought in the Korean Conflict, had three tours of duty in Vietnam, two to Korea, as well as Okinawa, Germany and other stateside bases. He was proud of his military service, especially his combat infantry service and recognition.
In 1957, while stationed at Fort Richardson, he took his soldier buddies to Bethany Baptist Church, where he met Nancy Carlson. They were married in January 1958, and soon began their military travels around the world, always calling Alaska home. His children were born in California, Alaska, Okinawa and Texas. He retired from the military and moved to Anchorage in 1980, working for the Anchorage School District from 1981 to 1989 in technical services.
“John was always ‘puttzing’ with tools and gadgets. He liked spending time on small home improvement projects, working in the yard and reorganizing his garage. He and Nancy moved to Kenai in 2002 and have thoroughly enjoyed their quieter lifestyle and Kenai Kottage,” his family said.
“John was an encouraging and loving husband and father. He acted like a ‘tough guy’ but we knew he could never say ‘no’ to family and good times, or an exciting game of pinochle. He was patriotic and had a strong work ethic and sense of fairness. He was an excellent role model for an unconditional love of God, family and country, passing on to his children and grandchildren the importance and priority of those values.
“We will miss him dearly and can only hope that we, as his kids, can pass on those same values and priorities that were so dear and important to him.”
Mr. Speedy was preceded in death by his brothers, Walter and Bill Speedy.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Nancy of Kenai; brother, Stan Speedy of Sun City, Ariz.; children, Hansi Braddock and her husband, Gary, of Omaha, Neb., Linda Stimaker of Anchorage, Janet Pargeter and her husband, Tom Jr., of Anchorage, Walter Speedy and his wife, Sharon, of Anchorage and Carol Bannock and her husband, Duane, of Anchorage; grandchildren, Bobbi Maxwell and her husband, Justin, Erica Stimaker, David and Jason Speedy, BJ Bannock, Tommy, Michael and Allison Pargeter, all of Anchorage, Tony Bannock of Kenai, Betsy and Robert Braddock of Omaha and Sara Braddock of Qingdao, China; and great-grandchildren, Nathan and Evan Maxwell of Anchorage.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Grace Christian School, Scholarship Fund, 12407 Pintail, Anchorage, AK 99516.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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