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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.