Our dear Steven James Speer peacefully passed in his home in Loveland, Colorado on Sunday, February 9, 2020. Steve was 69 years old. He bravely fought a battle with pancreatic cancer for nearly a year, all the while keeping a positive outlook and staying active on the golf course and with many family activities.
Steven is survived by his wife Jeannie of Loveland CO; children: Gwendolyn and Ashlyn of Loveland CO; Deb Jeffryes of Loveland, CO; Chris (Evelin) Speer of Fort Collins, CO; and Shari Ybarra of Buckeye, AZ and step-children Shannon Andreas, Phoenix, AZ, Shelly Spiro, Phoenix, AZ, Shad Andreas, Phoenix, AZ, Shawn Andreas, Phoenix, AZ, Shelly Gradwell-Brenneman of La Farge, WI; and sister Lois Poling of State Center, IA; and father and mother in-law Skip and Maryann Leinau, of Longmont, CO; grandchildren Drew and Kyle Jeffryes; Colin, Morgan, Stella, and Aleah “Stevie” Speer; Ansel and Finn Brenneman and Jordan Ramey and Jordan Mackey and Keltyn Salas and Abigail Allen and Rachel, Stella, and Devin Andreas and Bella, Cooper, and Crew Spiro and Ryker, Hope and Penelope Keel along with many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Errol H. Speer and Beatrice C. Hanno Speer; sisters Dori and Betty, and brothers Edward, William and Gene; and son Jeremy Speer.
Steven was born on November 29, 1950 in Marshalltown, Iowa. He graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1969. He married Sally Speer in 1974 and lived in Iowa until moving to Colorado in 1984. He later married Jeanie Speer in 2001 and they lived in Arizona, until moving back to Colorado in 2016.
He worked in the plumbing and heating and sales field. Steven was a life-long gifted athlete and enjoyed basketball, football, baseball and golf. He was an avid fisherman and took all of his children and grandchildren on many fishing adventures.
Steve was a kind soul and anyone who knew him, loved him. No one was a stranger to Steve. His passion in life was parenting and coaching. His children and the hundreds of children he coached remember him as caring, driven and encouraging. He helped children and teams work hard, meet their potential and build their confidence in sports and life in general. When you talked to him, he really listened and offered his heartfelt advice. His legacy lives on in his children and team players who grew up to parent and coach kids of their own with the same loving dedication. He will be greatly missed.
A memorial will be held at a later date.