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Gordon R. Speck

Gordon R.  Speck, 81, of Waterloo, IL, died October 10, 2016, in Waterloo, IL. He was born February 22, 1935, in Cairo, IL.

    He is survived by his wife Gelea Speck nee Karraker; children Blaze (Rhonda) Morris, Kelly (Rick) Shilliday, Robin (Clay) Siedle, Tracey Morris, Lance (Mary) Morris, Candace (Karl) Buckman, & Shaleen (Kevin) Grabill; grandchildren Aubrey (Sean) O'Riley, Kayla (David) Keeney, Jacob Morris, Coley (Jeff) Hoffmann, Austin Morris, Sophie Morris, & Zach and Isaac Buckman; great grandchildren & nephew Van (Darrean) Trimble.

    He is preceded in death by his parents Martin & Grace (nee Bogle) Speck & his sister Sandra Trimble.

    Gordon grew up in Cairo, IL a life-long friend of his future wife, Gelea. They graduated from Cairo High together in 1953. During the Korean Conflict, Gordon served in the Air Force doing intelligence work in Poland. After service, he attended the University of Missouri on the GI Bill and earned a degree in English.  An avid collector of books, he was a a 30 year member of The Baker Street Irregulars a by invitation only international society of some 300 members studying and promoting the stories of Sherlock Holmes. Gordon was also a past associate editor of the Baker Street Journal. He belonged to The Occupants of the Empty House, Parallel Case, The Handsomes of John Clayton, and The Noble Bachelors - all area Sherlock Holmes societies.  Together, Gordon and Gelea spent summers traveling and enjoyed trips to Europe, Asia, South America and most of the United States. 

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
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Memorial Visitation:
    4 PM to 8 PM Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Quernheim Funeral Home
    10 AM until 11 AM Friday 

Memorial Service:
    11 AM Friday, October 14, 2016 at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo, IL
        Pastor Merlyn Lawrence officiating.

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We will miss this happy, brilliant man. He was a friend to all of us who made our way to New York City in January for the annual Sherlock Holmes gathering. What a delight it was to sit down to breakfast and coffee with Gordon! He had great stories, insight into all things about Holmes, and was a friend to all. God bless the family.

Jim Hawkins, on behalf of the Nashville Scholars in Nashville, TN Nov 8 2016 12:00 AM

I deeply feel you loss. I had the great pleasure of knowing Gordon through the Baker Street Irregulars. He was always warm and generous to newcomers and old friends. He will be greatly missed. I will think of him fondly at BSI gettogethers and when I curl up with a Sherlock Holmes story.

Pj Doyle, BSI Oct 13 2016 12:00 AM

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A SENTIMENTAL THOUGHTS was sent on October 13, 2016

With love and fond memories from all of your crazy children. You will be missed. Blaze, Kelly, Robin, Tracey, Lance, Candace, Shaleen and families.

Expression of Sympathy Oct 13 2016 12:00 AM

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A GARDEN PATH was sent on October 12, 2016

You will be missed by all. Rest in Peace. Carolyn and Joel Senter

Expression of Sympathy Oct 12 2016 12:00 AM

I am at a loss, after hearing about the passing of Gordon Speck. He was a true gentleman and a scholar. I met Gordon in 1995 at my first BSI weekend along with his running mate Bill Cochran, BSI. Alongside the late John Farrell, BSI the four of us visited the hollowed haunts of the Irregulars and drank scotch in our rooms at the "old" Iroquois till the wee hours. I can not think of any better way for a "newbie" to be indoctrinated into the Irregulars world. I felt like DArtagnan being welcomed into the Musketeers. There are many more war stories I could tell you about, like the time Gordon saved my butt by bringing the items that I had left lying on a table at the Algonquin, items that were part of the BSI's auction for the Watson fund. Or him being one of the original 12 that started "Lost In New York With A Bunch Of Sherlockians." I feel much like Dorothy did when she said to the scarecrow, "I'll miss you most of all." RIP Gordon, man how you will be missed.

Jerry Kegley, BSI, Reseda, CA Oct 12 2016 12:00 AM

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A FEATHERY PALM PLANT was sent on October 12, 2016

We are thinking of you all. Gordon was one of the great ones and will always be one of my favorite people. I wish we could be there with you all. With Much Love, Marci & Family

Expression of Sympathy Oct 12 2016 12:00 AM