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Richard V. “Rick” Speer, II

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SERVICE INFORMATION FOR SUMMIT COUNTY, CO: A Memorial Service honoring Rick Speer will take place at 4:00 p.m. from the Dillon Ampetheater, 201 W Lodgepole St, Dillon, CO 80435, on June 9, 2021.  Visitation will begin at 3:00 p.m. with the service beginning at 4:00 p.m.  Summit County, CO, Covid-19 restrictions will be practiced to ensure this is a safe gathering, more information will be shared in the coming weeks.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Rick Speer Memorial Fund to further Megan & Bella’s college education; Rick’s daughters education, please click here to donate.

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5/27/21 SERVICE UPDATE FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN KANSAS CITY:  A Memorial Service honoring Rick has been scheduled for Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Louisburg, KS at Christ Our Savior Luthern Church, 5 S 8th St, Louisburg, KS 66053. Visitation from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a service immediately following at 1:00 p.m.

As a courtesy to the Speer Family, dear friends of Elizabeth(Nelson) & Philip Tobias, we are honored to share this life story.

Richard V. “Rick” Speer passed away suddenly on March 7, 2021 with his family by his side.

Born June 20, 1969 in Independence, Missouri to Diane and Richard Speer and was the oldest son.

Rick married Molly on August 2, 1997 and they have two beautiful daughters, Megan, 20 and Isabella, 17.

Rick began his Summit County career at Keystone Resort working Trail Crew and Base Area in 1991, moved up to managing Keystone Roads, finally landing his position of Summit County Road and Bridge Supervisor, where he worked for the past 22 years. Rick’s larger than life personality exemplified his “work hard and play harder” lifestyle. He would truly do anything for his family and friends (and probably their friends too!). He was loved by all who knew him and his love for others was immeasurable and unmistakable. He made friends wherever he was with one of his many one-liners “Rick Speer, damn glad to meet ya!” His laugh was infectious.

Some of Rick’s favorite times were at the Lakes in his cut-off jean shorts, smoking meat and cruising in his pontoon with his friends and his black lab, “Enzo the Baker”. If you found him at home, he was in the basement watching old-school Godzilla movies, listening to 80’s rock or cussing out the Kansas City Chiefs on his big screen TV.

When you think of Rick, a smile grows on your face and you feel a bear hug squeeze your heart. His sense of humor was as keen as his wit. His magnetic personality was his distinction, he left an unforgettable impact on all who knew him. He could relate to anyone, anywhere, anytime. He was always encouraging his daughters to seek their own way, fulfill their dreams, move to the beach, and to find their own happiness. Although he is gone, his loving spirit remains alive for those who knew an loved him, now and forever. He has left us an unending list of hilarious memories that will help us laugh even as we mourn.

He is preceded in death by his father, Richard; and grandparents.

He is survived by his wife Molly; two daughters; Megan & Isabella; mother, Diane; brother, Luke and sister-in-law, April Spurgeon-Speer; sister, Kala “Fidget” Russell; nephew, Adam, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and endless friends.

A memorial service will be held in the summer of 2021.

In lieu of flowers, Rick would prefer that friends continue to support his girls. The family has suggested gift cards/certificates to local establishments in Summit County, CO. Please mail to: The Speer Family, PO Box 3816, Dillon, CO 80435 or email to molly.speer@gmail.com or Memorial contributions may be given to further Rick’s daughters education, please click here to donate.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Horan & McConaty Funeral Service and Cremation, Denver, CO.

35 comments on “Richard V. “Rick” Speer, II”

  1. Erin, Hank, Liliana, Penelope & Dalilah

    Beautiful words. I can hear his contagious laughter and feel his infamous bear hugs!
    His love of life, family and friends is far reaching!! Lots of love from The Wiethake Family.
    Lots of fun memories were had over the years!!!

    • Chris, Christy, Ryan and Kaitlyn Lankhorst

      Rick, we will miss you! We will miss your laugh, we will miss your energy, your live life BIG attitude, the strength and love you showed for your family and friends, your bear hugs and of course seeing and hearing the many stories you created, shared and laughed with us all about. Go Chiefs and RIP our friend!

      • I can hear him yelling “BizBalls” and my heart does feel his bear hug squeez. I will miss our morning rides on the Bellatoona on the lake and the 4th of July fireworks at the dam. He was so kind to us and our boys, a special “Supreme Being” no doubt. My heart goes out to Molly, Megan & Bella, we will be here for you always. I am grateful for our time together and I will keep the memories close to my heart. Love you Dollies, you will be missed more than you will ever know! xo

        • Rick, I am so dam glad I met you! You will always and forever hold a special place in my heart as one of my best friends!

          • I grew up with Rick & had countless great times with the Speer family. Later in life, we met in Vegas with a group for a boy’s weekend. We were chatting over our 100th beer & Rick told me that this was fun, but he really wanted to head home & see his wife & play with his girls. I was shocked. I was single with no kids & trying to Re-live the high school party days. I couldn’t understand how a wife & small children could be more appealing than Sin City. Later when I matured a bit, I understood. Rick’s heart belonged to his family. He had something much deeper & more meaningful than I did, and he appreciated it. Rest In Peace Brother.

            • Margie and I spend a lot of time thinking about you guys since we spoke. Always know we are here for you. Please let Megan know we are here for her in SC. Loved Rick. Always had a good laugh and never took ourselves too seriously. Sad to lose such a good person.

              • Rick, it’s so hard to imagine that you’re not going to be on the ride with us anymore. There were so many things I still wanted to do with you, but we’ll always have your wonderful spirit, giving heart and great laughter to reflect on. I’ll miss you buddy, but I can still hear your voice from a mile away. Just know that you were loved by all and you will always be remembered in a shining light by our family. Your family is our family and you taught me that. Love you always brother.

                • To all the Speers – I am so very sorry to hear this terrible news. Thank you for sharing such a lovely tribute to a man who was clearly much loved and made the most of his time here. I went to school with Rick in Louisburg and Rick will continue to be part of many fond memories, including time spent at the Speers home. Please know he will always be remembered by many.

                  • Angela Ingram Luna

                    So sorry for your loss. He always had a bigger than life personality in High School and has given many, many people some wonderful memories. Hugs to the entire family!

                    • Rick’s gentle spirit and kind heart touched all of us at Road & Bridge. His legacy will live on within all of us who knew and loved him. God Bless You Rick Speer!

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                    • Becky (Sirdoreus) Burget

                      My most sincere condolences to Rick’s family. I was a transplant to Louisburg our Sophomore year. Rick was a great friend right away. His love for his family and friends was very much felt by all of those who called him friend. I am so very happy to have played air guitar and shared time as his friend. He will be missed and remembered with my whole heart. Rest In Peace, Rick.

                        1. So very sorry for your loss. Rick was a great guy. I regret that I have not seen Rick for 25 years or longer. From 1986 to 1990 he was part of a group of guys that I will always consider to be my brothers. Rick and his family always welcomed us into their home. Several morning’s I woke up on the couch there to Rick blaring some Reo Speedwagon over the Bose speakers. Good times, good times.

                        2. Our heart goes out to Molly and the girls. His laugh was contagious and we loved how he lived his life to the fullest while playing. We will always think of you at the lake. Tibor, Carole, and Stephanie

                          • Great friend, boss, neighbor and dog sitter!!! We love you, Rick and the memories will always be treasured!
                            Our condolences to the family.

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                          • Molly, Megan and Bella,
                            I am so sorry. Although I never met Rick I am feeling a little left out! Everything I hear and read sounds like Rick was the guy you WANTED to know and hang out with!
                            Molly keep your memories close to your heart. I will keep you and the girls in my prayers in the coming days. God bless.
                            Jackie Ogden (Phil’s mom)

                            • Steve & Liz Tritz

                              Our condolences and love to Molly, Megan and Bella. Rick was such a kind and happy person. He will be missed by many people. I can hear his infectious laugh in the shop as I’m typing.
                              Cheers Rick.
                              The Tritz’s

                              • Our condolences to Molly, Megan and Bella. Rick was such a kind and caring person. I can hear his infectious laugh in the shop as I’m typing.
                                Cheers Rick,
                                The Tritz’s

                                • Marsha and Merrill Miller

                                  Our love and sympathy to you Molly, Megan and Bella. I will always remember Rick’s smile, kindness and large laughter! It was no secret just how much he loved “his girls”, and he was so very proud of you!! He lived life to the fullest and would want you to as well. We will pray for God’s comfort and blessings upon your lives, and may He give you courage to face each day. Marsha and Merrill

                                  • Jeanne Nedrelow

                                    Molly and Bella and Megan my heart breaks for you. Rick you will be so missed. Especially the 2 step dance lessons to George Strait at the Sugar Shack! You had it! I will miss not hearing “Here’s the deal….”. You were one of the best guys I have ever met and it was an honor to be your friend. Molly, you are in my heart, I and praying for you and the girls. You were the shining stars in his life and his love for you was unsurpassable. Rest in peace Rick. You will be so missed.

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                                  • Karen Mathis & Family

                                    To Molly and girls, you have our family’s heartfelt sympathy. I’m sorry this is late as we just learned about Rick’s passing. He will be so missed. I think of all the happy times years ago and his laugh, hugs, and absolute infectious spirit, and joy of life. He’s a great guy and please know you have our love and support!

                                    • Dear Molly, Megan and Bella,

                                      My heart aches for you all as you grieve the loss of an amazing man, husband and father. I loved having Rick in my chair as we laughed and shared stories while I cut his hair, because Mol said it was time, which meant the curls were poking out of the hat.

                                      I’m sending you all prayers, hugs, support and love as you forge forward creating a new journey and path without him in the physical; yet knowing he is still with you in your hearts, and trusting that he is watching over you from above!

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                                    • To Rick’s family all: Your loss has left us all deeply saddened. Molly you and the girls are in our prayers. May your memories help bring you comfort in the difficult days ahead. Know that you are surrounded by love and we are all here for you. Please let us know if we can help in anyway. JP and Linda

                                      • Molly,
                                        Heart breaking news. Words are not enough. May the love sent from your friends help you and your girls find the memories that will help your hearts heal.

                                        Love you, Kerry

                                        • My deepest sympathy’s to Rick’s family. I had the pleasure and honor of working with Rick during my years at Summit County. He will truly be missed by the R&B crew and me.

                                          Rick, I’ll see you on the other side.

                                          Respectfully, Ric

                                          • So sorry to hear this news. It has been many years since I spent time with the Speer’s, but I’ll always remember the joy Rick brought to every gathering (along with his Coors Light). Love to Molly and the girls!

                                            • My heart sank reading the news of Rick’s passing. Molly may you and the girls feel strength and comfort in the positive light that Rick shone on so many. Wishing you peace in his memory. Nicole Voth

                                              • Jan and Kent Hanson

                                                Oh, Molly, my heart hurts for you hearing this. Know our prayers and thoughts are with you🙏🙏😢😘

                                                • Stephen and Jennifer Federocko

                                                  Molly,
                                                  Like so many here, we have such warm memories of Rick and the days we worked together at Keystone. We are so very sad for your loss. We will pray for peace and comfort for you and the girls.
                                                  Jen & Stephen

                                                  • “I’ve got a rubber in my wallet
                                                    I can’t wait to install it. It’s left a circ, circ, circular impression, from all those years of compression.”

                                                    Going to miss your eloquent ass Rick. Thank you for sharing your friendship and love.

                                                    • Evelyn Scheible

                                                      Dear Molly,
                                                      My heart breaks for you and the girls.
                                                      Praying for peace for all of you. I’m so sorry.
                                                      Evie

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