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Bernard Speicher - February 19, 2011


Bernard Vincent Speicher, 95, of Holyoke, was born March 14, 1915, in Nance County, Neb., near Fullerton, Neb. He died and went to his heavenly home to be with his Lord and Savior Feb. 19, 2011.

Bernard was the second child of Jesse Clay and Mary Viola (Saville) Speicher. In 1917, the family moved to a farm 20 miles north and three miles west of Wray. When Bernard was 17, he met a beautiful young woman, Wilda Brethouwer, at a Hillsdale Church young people’s meeting. After dating for three years, they were married Sept. 28, 1935.

One night in January of 1946, Bernard’s life was forever changed. During a church service, he approached the altar and gave his heart to Jesus. His wife, parents and several members of his family also came forward and were saved. What a time of rejoicing for the Speicher family!

Bernard and his family attended Holyoke Assembly of God Church. The Speicher Brothers Quartet, which consisted of Bernard, Harold, Gordon and Lloyd, sang at the churches and special gatherings and would often perform at the Speicher family’s songfest. He served as the church song leader, Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent.

Bernard and Wilda started their married life on a farm on the Phillips County line. From there they moved to Wilda’s father’s farm, which is now the Brinkema Ranch. Their union was blessed with two sons, Delton Gale and Darlow Lynn.

In 1947, Bernard and Wilda built a home that is now located six miles south and one mile east of Holyoke. Living on the farm was a growing experience for them. He also operated a dairy for five years and drove the Holyoke school bus from 1965-1985. They shared their lives on this farm until Wilda died after a long illness Sept. 7, 1984.

On Dec. 28, 1985, Bernard married Ilene Guernsey. Ilene’s children and grandchildren warmly welcomed him into their family as their dad and grandad.

Bernard and Ilene started their life together on the farm and lived there for 16 years. They loved traveling around the country visiting all of their family. They joyfully continued to serve Jesus together at Holyoke Assembly of God.

In 2001, they decided to leave the farm and move into Holyoke. Bernard and Ilene were a great source of comfort to each other in their more than 25 years of marriage. Bernard was loved by Ilene’s three children, 15 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Bernard was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Mary Speicher; his first wife, Wilda Speicher; brother, Harold Speicher; and granddaughter, Rebecca Speicher.

He is survived by his wife, Ilene; brothers, Lloyd Speicher of North Platte, Neb. and Gordon Speicher of Berthoud; sisters, Esther Winter of Washington and Irma Sloniker of Wray; and sons, Delton Speicher of Holyoke and Darlow Speicher and wife Debbie of Holyoke. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren who will fondly remember Grandad as having a never-ending pocket full of jelly beans.

The funeral service was held Feb. 23 at Holyoke Assembly of God Church with Pastor Max Hines and Lloyd Speicher officiating. Interment followed at Holyoke Cemetery.

Baucke Funeral Home directed the service.