Leonard M. Speth

Leonard M. Speth

Leonard M. Speth, age 93, passed away unexpectedly at home, on Friday, May 16, 2014. He was born in Sauk City on June 15, 1920, the son of the late Edward and Clara (Mack) Speth. Leonard attended grade school at St. Aloysius and graduated from Sauk City High School.

In 1941 he started working at Oscar Mayer in Madison. Leonard then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served during World War II in the European Theatre, in the 13th Armored Division, 24th Tank Battalion, Company B, as a tank commander from November 1942 until December 1945.

Leonard married Rosaline Koch at Camp Beale, CA on September 18, 1943. She preceded him in death on September 16, 1977. He then married Shirley (Reis) Murphy on July 26, 1980. Leonard was a founding member and avid volunteer of St. Vincent DePaul for over 50 years, an active lifelong member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, and Sauk Prairie Lachmund-Cramer V.F.W. Post 7694. He enjoyed playing cards, especially solo, and was proud to have worked for over 41 years at Oscar Mayer, retiring on August 1, 1982.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; 3 children, Christine Parchem of Prairie du Sac, Mary (John Mowitz) Moseman of Merrimac and L.C. Speth of Madison; three step-sons, Jeffrey (Molly) Murphy of Waunakee, Bradley (Geri) Murphy of Madison and Timothy (Marcia) Murphy of Chesaning, MI; 11 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; a sister, Bernadine Meyers; other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edgar Speth; and a sister, Rosemary Schlough.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. ALOYSIUS CATHOLIC CHURCH, Sauk City, at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Burial will follow in St. Aloysius Cemetery. Friends may call at HOOVERSON FUNERAL HOME, Sauk City, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Memorials may be made in Leonard’s name to St. Vincent DePaul.