Funeral services for Warren Speaker, 91, of Lincoln, Texas, are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Christ Lutheran Church in Loebau, Texas with Rev. Paul Hartfield officiating. Burial with full military honors will immediately follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Thursday, April 19, 2012 from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings. The family will be present for visitation Wednesday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Mr. Speaker passed away on Monday, April 16, 2012 at St. Mark's Medical Center in La Grange.
Warren was born on March 27, 1921 in Carmen, Oklahoma to George & Ellen (Fuqua) Speaker. He was baptized and confirmed on December 9, 1962 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Austin by Rev. Vernon Pecht and had been a faithful member of the Lutheran church ever since. He was united in marriage to Lorene Reuther on December 18, 1948 in Giddings, Texas by Rev. William Mueller.
He joined the the U.S. Army on December 1, 1939, serving his country for 20 years during which time he was sent to Italy, Algiers, Japan with Lorene joining him in France & Germany. He retired from the U.S. Air Force on May 31, 1960 settling in Austin, Texas. Warren went to work in Civil Service for another 20 years, retiring in January of 1984. In 2000, he and Lorene moved back to her home place in Lincoln and became members of Christ Lutheran Church in Loebau. His greatest enjoyments were traveling, camping with family and friends, and most of all, fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sisters-in-law, Roy & Alice Speaker and Leo & Marion Speaker; sisters & brother-in-law, Ina & Cliff Singree and Viola Edwards and parents-in-law, Richard & Meta Reuther.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Lorene Speaker of Lincoln; brother-in-law, Leonard Reuther & wife, Bernice of Lincoln; sister-in-law, Bernice Beisert & husband, Ernest of Lincoln as well as several nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Reuther, Richard Reuther, Frank Radtke, Steven Beisert and Jimmy Boettcher.
Memorials may be made to the Christ Lutheran Church Building Fund or the American Heart Association.