In Memory of

Donald F. Specht

April 26, 1931 - June 14, 2013
Donald Francis Specht, the son of Frank and Katherine (Mansfield) Specht, was born April 26, 1931, at Cherokee, IA. His childhood years were spent on his parents' farm. He attended elementary school at Sheridan Township and Maryhill Catholic Schools. He graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Cherokee in 1948. After graduation Don worked various agricultural related jobs until starting with Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1951. Don was drafted into the U.S. Army in September of 1952. He was honorably discharged in August of 1954. He returned to work at Northwestern Bell and was assigned to several Iowa towns throughout the years, working as a special services foreman. He retired on February 28, 1990. On October 22, 1955, Don was united in marriage to Kathleen Marie Wagner at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Pocahontas, IA. They were blessed with one son, Steven. Kathleen passed away on February 9, 1998. Don married Faith (Perrett) Hanson on May 17, 2003, and they made their home in Marcus, IA. Don was an active member of the American Legion Post #130 of Fort Dodge and the VFW San Juan Marine Post #733 of Mason City. He was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. He enjoyed donating his time with the American Red Cross. On June 14, 2013, Don passed away at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, IA, having reached the age of 82. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Kathleen Specht, parents Frank and Kathleen Specht, a sister, Mary Ann Teta, brothers-in-law, Louis Kakacek and Martin Phelan, and sister-in-law, Mary Specht. He is survived by his wife, Faith Specht of Marcus, his son Steven (Amanda) Specht of Fort Dodge, his granddaughters, Sydney, Drue and Tayte Specht, brothers Vincent (Joanne) Specht of Henderson, NV and Robert Specht of Brentwood, CA, brother-in-law, Amato Teta of Lemon Grove, CA, sisters-in-law, Madonna Kakacek of Pocahontas, IA, Mary Lea Phelan of Urbandale, IA, and Juanita (Greg) McCabe of Johnston, IA, brothers-in-law, Virgil Wagner of Pocahontas, IA, Richard (Geri) Wagner of San Diego, CA, and Loren (Rosalita) Wagner of Urbandale, IA, as well as many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Memorials may be directed to the MS Society of Iowa and the Marcus Historical Society.
SERVICES
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus, IA.
OFFICIATING
Father Dan Guenther
CASKET BEARERS
Virgil Wagner Loren Wagner Greg McCabe James Kakacek James Specht Bob Jensen
VISITATION
Visitation will begin at 3 P.M. Monday, with the family present from 5-7 P.M. Monday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Fuenral Home in Marcus. There will be a prayer service at 7 P.M. Monday night at the funeral home.
MUSIC
'Prayer of St. Francis' 'Ave Maria' 'On Eagles' Wings' 'Here I Am, Lord'
INTERMENT
Maryhill Visitation Cemetery Rural Meriden, IA.

Condolences

Monday, June 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Faith, Steve & Amanda, you have lost a wonderful husband & father. I have had the privilege of knowing Don for over 33 years. He was a man of strong faith and commitment to his family. Your loss is shared by all of us. John & Liz Calisesi”
- Dr. John & Elisabeth Calisesi
Monday, June 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“May God embrace you and yours with His abundant love and peace at this most difficult time. Praying for all.”
- Betty J Schott
Monday, June 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“family”
- beulah m torgerson
Monday, June 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Our sympathy to you, Faith and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Doneta Burns
Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Steve and Family: Sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Ed Pancrazio
Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Family of Donald Specht, our prayers are with you at this time. ”
- Knights of Columbs Still Agency
Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry, We are thinking of you all at this very difficult time.”
- Barb and Dar Evans
Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry, We are thinking of you all at this very difficult time.”
- Barb and Dar Evans
Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Faith and Family I am very sorry to hear of Don's passing.”
- Rodney Nelson
Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Faith..So dory to hear about Don....Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family... ”
- Sandy Stubbe
Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Faith..So dory to hear about Don....Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family... ”
- Sandy Stubbe
Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Dear Faith and Family, We are so very sorry for your loss.
- Terry and Audrey Meyerdirk
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