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Michael Elliott Speck, 76, of Elizabethtown, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 15, 2012, at Hardin Memorial Hospital after a 15-year battle with cancer.
He was born Oct. 14, 1935, in Bowling Green.
He graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.A., M.A. and Rank I in education. He was a teacher and basketball coach at Willisburg High School, English and Remedial Reading teacher at West Hardin High School and director of pupil personnel and assistant superintendent for personnel for Hardin County Schools. He served as a state president of the Kentucky Association of School Administrators, delegate to the District Education Association and chairman of District Professional and Practices Commission. He was past vice president of the Kentucky Amateur Baseball Federation, president of the Dixie Baseball League and directed the Cecilia Community Recreation Program. He was a member and past deacon at Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown and attended the First Baptist Church of Sebring, Fla. He was a mason, a Kentucky Colonel, past member of the Lions Club, basketball officiator, former insurance adjuster and asbestos abater. He was an avid gardener, fisherman, reader, golfer and sports enthusiast.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilburn Herman and Eula Ray Speck; a brother, Ralph O. Speck; and two sisters, Doris Adler and Mona Carol Farley.
Survivors include his wife, Hilda Rogers Speck; two brothers, Edison and Royce Speck; one sister, Sara Lynn Brunson; two daughters, Angela Wilcox of Elizabethtown and Michelle Phillips of Sebring, Fla.; a son-in-law, Dale Wilcox; three grandchildren, Tyler, Landon and Cianna Wilcox; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
The funeral was Tuesday at Severns Valley Baptist Church with Brother Raymond Ward and the Rev. Bill Langley officiating. Burial was in Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Severns Valley Baptist Church building fund.
Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown handled arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed at www.brownfuneral.com.