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Kenneth R. "Ken" Speer - August 16, 2012


Kenneth (Ken) R. Speer, formerly of Sutherland, Neb. and long-time Golden, Colo. businessman, died Aug. 16, 2012 in Lakewood, Colo. A memorial reception was held Saturday, Aug. 18 , 2012 at the family home.
Ken married Phyllis Most from Ogallala, Neb. They started their married life in North Platte, Neb. Their three children, Cynthia, Jim and Mike were born in North Platte. Ken spent 10 years with the Union Pacific Railroad and also assisted Phyllis in a dance school business. They sold their home and business and moved to Denver in 1962.
Ken, with his railroad experience, started Transportation Service Center, Inc., a railcar repair and maintenance company involving the A. Coors railcar and trailer fleets. Ken maintained a physical presence with his employees and customers. He was a visionary in shipping devices that limited product loss while in transit. He developed and manufactured a number of these items. He was active with his company for most of his life.
Ken enjoyed hunting, fishing and skiing. Phyllis shared many of Ken’s recreational likes and they often participated together. Ken was also an avid reader.
He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis; his parents Vernon and Lucille; and his son, Jim.
Survivors include daughter Dr. Cynthia L. Williams (Speer) and Dr. Eileen M. Forestal; son Michael and wife Roxanne Speer; grandchildren Bruno and Andrea Mariani, Joseph Clair and Lauren Williams, Brent W. Benham, Levi and Robyn Huffman, Courtney Speer and Loren Speer; great-grandchildren Rocco, Stella, Ravenna, Madalyn, Blaze and Leo.
Private family graveside services will be held at Arvada Cemetery, Arvada, Colo. at a later date.