Mitchell – Kenneth E. Speer, Jr., 61, of Mitchell, went on to his reward in heaven at 7:46 pm on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at I.U. Health Hospice House in Bloomington. His wife, children, parents and siblings never left his side as his battles of this life yielded to the mercy of our God.
Born September 18, 1955 in Bedford, he was the son of Kenneth E. and Betty Jewelann (Ray) Speer. He married Cathy Jones on January 12, 1974 and she survives. He was a limestone draftsman at Evans Limestone Co. in Bedford for thirty-plus years. He was a member of Tabernacle of Praise where he ran the Apologetic Ministries. He was the founder of Concerts for Christ, Luke 4:18 Ministries and conducted a door to door ministry for twenty years. He was author of “Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Witnessing and Were Even Afraid to Ask”. Ken’s work in this life was to his ministry, teaching anyone who would listen about the true nature of our God so that the confusion of religion would not keep us from our own reward in Heaven.
Survivors include his wife, Cathy, of Mitchell; their children, Jason Speer and wife, Jennifer, of Bloomington, Jennifer Forster and husband, Jeremiah, of Madison Lake, MN, Darren Speer and wife, Erin, of Springville; ten grandchildren, Aenea-Rose, Novalee, Keaton, Josiah, Levi, Avery, Karis-Kay, Rocky, Miah-Mae, and Emma; his parents, Kenneth and Betty, of Oolitic; two brothers, Tracy Speer and wife, Vicky, of Owensburg, Marty Speer and wife, Terri, of Oolitic; a sister, Julie Miley and husband, James, of Orlando, FL. Ken joins his brother, Ricky Nolan and his last wish in life was glory be to God.
Memorial services will be conducted at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, May 23rd at Tabernacle of Praise with Pastor Gary Thomas, Bro. Marty Speer and Bro. Jim McDowell officiating. Following the service the family invites friends to stay for dinner and fireworks celebration. Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, May 22nd at Tabernacle of Praise. The family asks that friends consider memorial contributions be made to Tabernacle of Praise Apologetic Ministries. Family and friends may express condolences at www.daycarter.com.