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Isaac J. Speece

September 15, 2008 ~ May 28, 2020 (age 11)


Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at the Friend Public Schools with Pastor Michelle Kanzaki officiating.  Pallbearers are:  Colton Maiwald, Jackson Speece, Elly Speece and Heath Maiwald.  Honorary pallbearers are all his 5th grade classmates.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 1:00-8:00 p.m. with family receiving relatives and friends from 6-8:00 p.m. at Lauber Funeral Home, Friend.  Memorials may be directed to the family for future designation for all-inclusive playground equipment.



Isaac John Speece was born on September 15, 2008, in Hastings, Nebraska to Brett and Jill (Maiwald) Speece and went to his heavenly home on Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Friend at the age of 11. 

Isaac was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cordova, attended Friend Public Schools and was ready to enter the 6th grade this fall.  He enjoyed attending school with his classmates, spending time outdoors, going for walks and ranger rides.  Isaac loved watching bubbles and reading books of all kinds.  He had a contagious smile and unforgettable laugh that could be heard echoing the halls of the school. 

Isaac is survived by his parents, Brett and Jill Speece, Friend, grandparents, Marion Maiwald of Harlan, IA, Susan Maiwald, Missouri Valley, IA, Anita Speece and friend, Steve Brown, Omaha, NE, a great-grandmother, Marguerite “Dee” George, Grand Island, several aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many friends. 

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Todd W. Speece and great-grandparents, John and Bertha Smith, Pauline and Matthew Maiwald, Roy and Katherine Speece and Raymond George.

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June 2, 2020

1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Lauber Funeral Home
814 Maple Street
Friend, NE 68359

Funeral Service
June 3, 2020

10:30 AM
Friend Public Schools
510 Main
Friend, NE 68350

Graveside Service
June 3, 2020

11:45 AM
Andrew Cemetery
County Road E and 600
Friend, NE 68359

Please note
The Speece family will receive relatives, classmates, parents and friends at the funeral home between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening.
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