|Misc*||He was remembered in an obituary from an unknown source, found at the Stallman Family web site.|
Albert W. "Bill" Speck
Graveside services for Albert Wm. “Bill” Speck, 35, Oacoma, will be held in July. Mr. Speck passed away Saturday morning, June 28, 1997, at the home of his parents, following recent surgery for lymphatic cancer.
Albert W. Speck was born Nov. 14, 1961, at Aztec, San Juan County, NM to Emil and Barbara (Stallman) Speck. He followed his parents through the oilfields of New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada, California, Montana and North Dakota. He moved to South Dakota in 1979 and graduated from Chamberlain High School with the class of 1980.
He worked in Montana for about a year before moving to Oklahoma City where he enlisted in the US Navy in 1982. He was honorably discharged from Camp Pendleton, CA in April of 1986. Following his service, he worked as a physical therapist at St. Mary’s Hospital in Long Beach, CA. Bill returned to South Dakota and entered the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, in 1992, preparing for work in Social Services with Native Americans. Ill health forced him to discontinue his education in November of 1996, and he returned to Oacoma to be near his parents. He was one of those people who was loved by everyone who took the time to know “Bill”. As a child, he demonstrated the utmost love and faith for God and the US flag. Throughout his life, he was a “take-charge” person, leading others in many worthy causes. As he came to blockades, he plowed through them always standing straight, tall and proud. Bill had a special bond with his maternal grandmother. He never married, but was the best uncle a child could ever hope for. He was a full-of-life, Bette Midler, Rosie O’Donnell sort of guy and will be deeply missed by all.
Thankful for the time they had with their son, brother, uncle and grandson were his parents, sister Sindi of Las Vegas, brothers Donn and Casey and Casey's fiancé, Nannette Palmese, all of Chamberlain; nephews, Jason, Chamberlain, Morgan, Las Vegas and Michael Palmese, Chamberlain; his niece, Taylor Speck, Chamberlain, paternal grandmother, Josephine Speck, Oacoma, maternal grandmother, Ann Cordry, Farmington, NM, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Albert Stallman (1960) and Wm. E. Speck (1992). His cremains were interred in the Speck plot in Graceland Cemetery, Oacoma, SD.