Phillip Raymond Speer

Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Phillip Raymond Speer died Aug. 14, 2010, at his home in Juneau. He was born in Longview, Wash. on Dec. 12, 1936 to Paul W. Speer and Margaret P. (Bell) Speer. He graduated from R.A. Long High School, in Longview, class of 1955. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1959 to 1963, and was stationed in Adak, and Subic Bay, Phillipines. While stationed in the Philippines, he met and married Remy Ascilo. They made their first home in Juneau where they were active in the Filipino community and made many special friends there. Remy passed away in 1993.

In 1963, Phillip went to work for the State of Alaska for the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities in Juneau, a job he enjoyed as it took him and his family to many different locations in Southeast Alaska. He retired in 1990, but soon began working for R&M Engineering, Inc. from 1991 to 1998. In 1994 he married Paz Abella Saceda of Juneau, who survives him at home.

Phil loved sports; he was an avid supporter of the various sports played in Juneau and he enjoyed being a Little League baseball coach. Listening to country-western music and watching old time western movies brought him joy daily. He could often be seen walking and riding his bike. One of his special memories was cross-country skiing. He encountered the wolf, Romeo, during his outings at the glacier. Phil will be remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor, his kindness to others, being a hard worker, and his love for his wife Paz, children and grandchildren. He held a special place in his heart for Alaska.

Also surviving are his three children, Tina Degarimore, Terry Hendrickson, Paul Speer, his step-daughter Joneta Saceda and his special friends Stephanie Messing Harris and Erin Messing of Juneau.

His grandchildren are Alfonso Puma, Remy Plate, Brandon, Ryan and Ryder Degarimore, Nikko, Gunnar, and Deckard Hendrickson, Cannon and Trey Speer.

Sister Paula Grant of Longview, Wash. and brother-in-law Richard Winchell as well as many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

Those preceding him in death are his parents and sister Susan B. (Speer) Winchell.

He will be dearly missed.

A viewing service is scheduled from 5-9 p.m. Thursday at the Alaskan Memorial Park & Mortuary. The memorial service will be at noon on Friday at St. Paul Catholic Church. Burial will be following the memorial service at the Alaskan Memorial Park & Mortuary. Then followed by reception at the Filipino Community Hall in Juneau.

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