CENTERVILLE—Funeral services for Benton Speer, 83, of Marquez were held Friday, June 25, 2010, at Walters Funeral Home Chapel in Centerville with Gene Darby officiating. Interment followed in Clear Creek Cemetery.

Mr. Speer died Tuesday, June 22, at his home.

He was born Dec. 12, 1926, in Concord to Ben Thomas and Iva (Seale) Speer.

Mr. Speer served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Seoul, Korea.

He worked as a pipefitter for Alcoa and was also a rancher and cattleman.

Mr. Speer was known by many as the, “Hungry Hobo.”

He was a “self appointed” mayor of Quito and the creator of many famous “Pawpaw-isms.”

Mr. Speer was a special guest consultant to Purina Mills at their St. Louis facility and was the longest living artificial aorta valve recipient (45 years in September).

He served on the board of directors of Buffalo Hospital and was a member of the Marquez Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Billie Ellison Speer of Marquez; two daughters, Belinda Speer Morris and husband Rick, Becki Speer Willis and husband Roger, all of Marquez; his twin brother, Lenton Speer and wife Irene of Marquez; grandchildren, Britany Morris Wingfield and husband David, Ben Morris and wife Michelle, Winter Willis Adams Jerry, Cody Morris and wife Jessika, Laramie Willis and fiancé Casey Winkler; and great-grandchildren, Jaxon, Dixie and Braxton Morris, Korbin, Kennedi and Kambri Adams and Dawson and Carson Wingfield.

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