Donald Wesley Speck, Sr.
December 2, 1933 - April 19, 2020
Donald Wesley Speck, Sr., 86, of Sioux Falls, SD, died Sunday, April 19, 2020, at the Good Samaritan Village Nursing Home of Sioux Falls, SD.
Donald Wesley Speck, Sr. was born Dec. 2, 1933, at Wessington Springs, SD, to Esther (Hall) and August Speck.
He served in the United States Navy from 1956 to 1958, working as an aircraft mechanic.
Donald and Joan Robinson were united in marriage in 1960 at Gann Valley, SD. To this union, three children were born – LeAnn, Donald Jr. and Daniel.
Donald farmed and ranched in Gann Valley, SD, with his brother, Marvin.
They left the farm in 1987.
Donald’s true passions in life were his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He also enjoyed farming, ranching, gardening, riding motorcycles, rodeo, hunting and fishing, riding and breaking horses, country music and dancing.
There wasn’t anything Donald couldn’t fix.
Donald also loved boxing (boxed on Navy boxing team), baseball (drafted by the New York Yankees) and basketball.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Joan Speck of Sioux Falls, SD; siblings and spouses, Robert Speck and wife, Leona of St. Lawrence, SD, Lorraine Mayer and husband, John of Pukwana, SD, and Ellen Speck of Gann Valley, SD; children, LeAnn Henke and husband, Gaylen of Sioux Falls, SD, Donald Speck, Jr. and wife, Teri of Sioux Falls, SD, and Daniel Speck and wife, Lesa of Cabot, Arkansas; grandchildren, Dr. Amanda Thuringer and husband, Kevin of Olathe, Kansas, Allison Stemper and husband, Shane of Sioux Falls, SD, Nathan Speck and wife, Heather of Sioux Falls, SD, Micheal Speck and wife, Mckenzie of Sioux Falls, SD, Erica Speck of Cabot, Arkansas and Emilie Speck of Dallas, Texas and great granddaughters, Taylyn Speck, Breelyn Stemper and Amelia Thuringer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Esther and August Speck; sisters, Eleanor Thompson and husband, Milden and Doris Thompson and husband, Norman; a brother, Marvin Speck and a grandchild, Wesley Speck.
Basham Funeral Home of Wessington Springs, SD, was in charge of arrangements.