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John J. Speer

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

of Old Zionsville

John J. Speer, 90, of Old Zionsville, died Sept. 7, 2018, in Lehigh Valley Hospital. He was the husband of Mary Ellen A. (Moyer) Speer, with whom he shared 64 years of marriage. Born in Glenside, he was the son of the late William J. and Mary E. (Stark) Speer.

He was a 1946 graduate of Allentown High School.

He honorably served his country in the Marine Corps during World War II.

He worked for H. Leh and Company from 1948 to 1950, Underwood Corporation from 1950 to 1955 in typewriter repairs and sales and Merchants National Bank from 1955 until retiring in 1989 as vice president of commercial loans.

He was a charter member of the Lower Lehigh Lions Club, serving as president in 1968, a member of the Allentown Lions Club in 1984, a board member of the Association for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, an advisory board member of the Better Business Bureau, a member and treasurer of the Lehigh County Historical Society and member of Emmaus Lodge #792 F&AM and Lehigh Consistory.

He was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church, Allentown.

He is survived by his wife; daughters, Carol S. Hindle, of Atlantic Beach, Fla. and Barbara A., of Royersford; grandchildren, Sarah Hindle, Matt Brown and Brian Brown. He was predeceased by a sister, Margaret Kern.

Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church Allentown, 3231 W. Tilghman St., Allentown, 18104 or to Lehigh Valley Hospice, 2024 Lehigh St., Suite 100, Allentown, 18103.

Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Sept. 12 in Grandview Cemetery, Allentown. Arrangements are being handled by the Schantz Funeral Home, P.C., Emmaus.