Stanley R. Speller, 91, of Geneseo, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo. Funeral services celebrating his life were Thursday, Dec. 27 at the Geneseo Chapel of Vandemore Funeral Home Ltd. The Rev. Lou Zuck officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, where military honors were accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. A visitation was held Wednesday, Dec. 26 at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to Grace United Methodist Church or Hillcrest Home.
He was born on Jan. 24, 1921, on the family farm north of Geneseo, the son of Rudolph and Lena (Sigwalt) Speller. He was a 1939 graduate of Geneseo High School and served his country proudly during World War II in the United States Army (Harbor Craft) 1943-1946 as a corporal and was stationed in England, France and Germany. He married Lorna Gotthardt on Sept. 13, 1945, in Geneseo. She died on March 15, 2012. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church of Geneseo and farmed in Hanna Township for 35 years. He also worked for International Harvester Works as test engineer in the combine division, retiring in 1981, after which he continued to farm for a few more years. In 1972, he remodeled and moved into the Speller family home on West Wells Street in Geneseo.
After retirement, Stanley and Lorna enjoyed traveling and golfing with friends. He especially loved to fish, hunt and be outdoors camping. He always enjoyed his yearly fishing trips with the family and grandchildren to Longville, Minn. He spent many hours collecting antiques, going dancing, playing cards with friends and farming. In later years, he enjoyed meeting his buddies for coffee at McDonald's at 5 a.m. He always loved music and spent many years in the Geneseo Kitchen Band with Lorna. Stanley was known as the "Glass Doctor" in Geneseo for many years and repaired crystal and fine glass work for 20 years after retiring. He had glassware sent to him from as far away as Europe. He was the president of the Geneseo Senior Center for 12 years, drove a Geneseo School Bus, and was the night-time security guard at Hammond-Henry Hospital for several years. He was a member of the American Legion and Geneseo Couples Bowling League.
Survivors include a son and spouse, Tim and Maho Taniguchi Speller of Chula Vista, Calif.; a daughter and spouse, Judy and Jerry Scott of Geneseo; six grandchildren, Dyllan Speller of Texas, Derek Speller of California, Sofia and Sonia Taniguchi-Speller of California, Sarah and Jessie Scott-Montez of Silvis and Cory and Shauna Scott of Virginia; four great grandchildren, Zachary and Anthony Montez of Silvis and Molly and Brady Scott of Virginia; three nieces, Joy Dwyer, Mary Orton and Ione Hesch; and two nephews, Dr. Roy Asplund and Alan Webb. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Lorna.