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John Henry Specht
April 16, 1883–April 20, 1955

Funeral Saturday for John Specht
Funeral Services for John Henry Specht, 72, Monticello, were held at Goettsch Funeral Home Saturday, April 23, at 2 p.m. Mr. Specht died at John McDonald Hospital Wednesday evening, April 20, after an illness of a few months.
Rev. Arnold E. Schlueter officiated at the funeral services. Internment was in Oakwood Cemetery. Casket bearers were nephews of the deceased, Irvin Lubben, Max Specht, John Stimpson, Michael Brady, Vernon Steiner, and Dwayne Harms.
Mr. Specht was born April 16, 1883, in Castle Grove Township near Monticello, the son of Johan and Gertie Gerdes Specht. Mr. Specht spent most of his life in the community where he was born. His schooling was received in the Castle Grove Schools, and after his marriage to Rena Harms Feb. 17, 1914, the couple engaged in farming until 1936 when they moved to Monticello.
For a number of years Mr. Specht was employed by the State Highway Commission. After the death of Mrs. Specht, Feb. 1943, Mr. Specht made his home with his daughter.

Member of St. Matthew's
Mr. Specht was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, saving been baptized by the Rev. Christof Mardorf June 17, 1883. and confirmed by the Rev. Hugo A. Lutz, April 11, 1897.
Survivors are two daughters: Dorothy (Mrs. Paul Black) and Selma (Mrs. Harold Schlimmer), both of Monticello; five grandchildren; and the following brothers and sister: Herman Specht, Miami, Florida, George Specht of Anamosa and Mrs. John Stimpson of Anamosa. One brother and one sister proceeded him in death.

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Source: Monticello Express, 25 April 1955

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