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AUGUST 14, 1914 - JUNE 3, 1996

OTTAWA - Memorial services for Dr. Louis N. Speer, 924 S. Hickory, Ottawa, are set for 10 a.m. Saturday in the First United Methodist Church.

Mr. Speer, 81, died Monday, June 3, 1996 in Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa.

For 50 years he served as a general practitioner and surgeon in Ottawa where he settled after being discharged from the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1946 as a major. He served as a staff surgeon with the 110th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, participating in several Asiatic Pacific area campaigns.

He gave flight physical examinations for the Federal Aviation Administration for more than 49 years.

He was born Aug. 14, 1914 in Clay Center and grew up in Osawatomie. His parents were William Louis and Bertha Frances Davis Speer. After graduating from Osawatomie High School in 1932, he earned his bachelor of arts degree from Baker University in 1936. He graduated from Northwestern University School of Medicine in Chicago in 1941 and completed his surgical residency at Jackson County Hospital, now the Truman Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo.

He and Jessie Roberta Davis were married Dec. 20, 1939 in Chicago. She died March 14, 1990.

Dr. Speer was a member of many organizations including the First United Methodist Church of Ottawa, American Medical Association, Kansas Medical Society, Flying Physicians Association, Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and Phi Beta Pi Medical Fraternity.

In addition to his wife, those preceding him in death included a son, Richard D. Speer, who died Sept. 18, 1986, and a sister, Charlotte Lee Brown.

Survivors include two sons, Col. William L. Speer, Milford, and Thomas E. Speer, Seattle; a daughter, Ellen Downey, St. Louis, Mo.; and five grandchildren.

A memorial has been established in his name to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children and may be sent to Dengel and Son Mortuary.


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