Rev. Clyde O. Speas
Reverend Clyde O. Speas of Denver, Colorado, formerly of Marshalltown, went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 9, 2014 at the Lutheran Hospice Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Anderson Funeral Homes, 405 W Main Street, Marshalltown. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services. Interment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Marshalltown. Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonfhs.com. Memorials may be sent to the Colorado Homeless Families, PO Box 740130, Arvada, CO 80006.
Clyde was born on the farm near Clemons, Iowa on April 13, 1931 to Burleigh A. Speas and Edna FayBelle Zerbe. Clyde was the youngest of five children born into this marriage. He attended grade school at Laurel School. His parents bought a grocery store and an acreage near Ferguson, Iowa where he attended the Ferguson High School and met the love of his life Glenna Lucille Finders. They both graduated from Ferguson High School and enrolled at Northwestern Bible School, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Northwester College, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He then attended and graduated in 1958 from the Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado. He and Glenna were married in Marshalltown, Iowa on August 24, 1951. They had two children David Ray and Dianne Ruth. Clyde and Glenna, along with their children, lived in Jerusalem, Israel while Clyde attended The Institute of Holy Land Studies. Clyde pastored in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Barron, Wisconsin, Boulder City, Nevada, Yuma and Phoenix, Arizona and several churches in the Denver, Colorado area. He was also the Founding Director for the Fellowship of Minnesota Conservative Baptists in Minneapolis, Minnesota and sat on many boards for Christian associations. He also led several tours to the Holy Land. Clyde served the Lord throughout his adult life and had a tremendous impact on many lives.
Clyde is survived by his wife of 62 years, Glenna L. Speas (Finders), son David (Becky) Speas of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, daughter, Dianne (Dean) Leffler of Prior Lake, Minnesota, sister Wanda Speas Schrader of Marshalltown, Iowa, sister-in-law Virginia (Robert) Cowley of Ames, Iowa and grandchildren James (Kristin) Leffler of Shakopee, Minnesota, Tina (Kevin) Martin and great grandchildren, Dylan, Mackenzie and Makayla Martin of Bartlett, Tennessee, as well as several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Burleigh & Edna Speas, brothers Cordis, Paul and Ray Speas.