Gale Hillard Speer
March 18, 1936
- May 29, 2012
Gale Hillard Speer, 76, of Snohomish, Wash., passed away suddenly on May 29, 2012, in Everett, Wash., of a heart attack. He was born in Dodge City, Kan., on March 18, 1936, to Lillian Corcoran and Roy Speer. He had six siblings: Rosie, Madeline, Shirley (living); Stanley, Theresa, and Dorothy (deceased).
He became an O3 Captain in the Army and completed a Master’s Degree in Public Administration prior to his marriage to Wanda Freiberger in 1974. He was a true entrepreneur, who worked as an executive for the oil industry; owned and operated service stations; and spent his last 40 years in the commercial fishing industry and as a true icon of Snohomish County with his kettle korn stand in the McDaniel’s Do-It-Center parking lot and at the Snohomish High School football games. He took the road less traveled and enjoyed every minute of it. He was inspiring, insightful, selfless, devoted, and would always make you chuckle. His energy was bounding and he had a fire in his belly until his final resting day.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda; children, Sasha and Brian; their spouses, Guy and Elaine; his siblings and their spouses, Rosie (Tom), Shirley (Bill), and Madeline; and many who’s lives he touched along the way.
Memorial services will be June 11, 2012, at the LDS Church at 8522 131st Ave SE, Snohomish, Wash. 98290. The service will be closed casket; viewing will be from 9-11:30am at Bauer Funeral Home, 700 First Street, Snohomish, Wash. 98290, and 12-1pm at the Church. Reception to follow. All who’s lives he touched are welcome to attend. If you wish to send flowers, please send them to the funeral home.
Any who wish to share thoughts or memories of Gale can post them at www.caringbridge.org/visit/galespeer.
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