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A. J. Speegle, 94, life-long resident of Duncan, Oklahoma passed away Friday, November 24, 2017 at his home in Duncan surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the First Christian Church in Duncan with the Rev. Arnold Nelson officiating. Interment will follow at Duncan Cemetery with military honors provided by the Stephens County Honor Guard. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Don Grantham Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday evening from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
A. J. Speegle was born on December 18, 1922 in Comanche, Oklahoma to Arthur and Edna Speegle. After graduating high school in Duncan he attended the New Mexico Military Institute. While there, WWII broke out and he was enlisted into the Army Air Corps where he was a fighter pilot on the Pacific front until the war was over.
On October 22, 1944 he married the love of his life, Sammye Hedgecock in Duncan and they were married for almost 60 years. After the war he graduated from Oklahoma University with a degree in Civil Engineering. He worked for Halliburton as a Civil Engineer and owned his own Engineering Company during that time he worked with the City of Duncan as a City Planner and was a Chairman on the Planning Commission in Duncan for over 20 years before retiring on April 30th, 1986. A. J. was a member of the First Methodist Church and also a member of First Christian Church. He was a member of the Duncan VFW, The Duncan Moose Lodge and of the Toastmasters.
A. J. was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Joe and Edna Speegle and his wife Sammye Speegle.
His survivors include his three children; Sherrye Satterfield and her husband Pat Satterfield of Eufaula, Oklahoma, Joe Speegle of Conroe, Texas and Bill Speegle and Patricia Cook of Duncan, Oklahoma. His grandchildren, Sean Satterfield and his wife Belinda, Lori Curtis and her husband Brian, Shane Satterfield, Shanna Stremel, Joey Speegle and wife Becky, Mari Fry, Ashley Cross and husband Connor, and Justin Speegle and his wife Rachel; twenty-one great grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Sean Satterfield, Shane Satterfield, Joey Speegle, Justin Speegle, Christopher Satterfield, Cy Curtis, Seth Speegle, Zak Speegle and Kaimen Stremel. Honorary Pallbearers will be A. J.'s Coffee Buddies; Kelsey Avants, C. H. Barnes, Charles Boyd, William Cole, Nick Fisher, Kari Jacobs, Mark John, Hershel Mitchell, Phil Pace and Wayne Miller.
Condolences may be left to the family at: www.granthamfuneralhomes.com.
Published on November 28, 2017
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