Robert Speirer was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on November 13, 1933 – son of Paul and Theo Speirer, brother of Paul, Jr. and Helen. Growing up, he was a proud member of the Boy Scouts. He earned money delivering newspapers and groceries. He survived rheumatic fever and learned to walk again as he recovered.
His love of rocks and his interest in science led Robert to pursue a Geology degree at the University of Arkansas. Most of his career, he worked for the US Bureau of Mines conducting geologic research. One project was the pioneering use of satellite imagery to detect ground faults.
Robert’s enjoyment of the great outdoors involved hiking, backpacking, skiing and snowmobiling. He built a wonderful cabin high in the Colorado Rockies. His dedication to his community led him to serving as an officer for NARFE and volunteering at St. Peter’s Hospital. His commitment to his faith included serving on church boards and singing in the choir.
Family was central to Robert’s life. He cheered on his children’s endeavors. He urged his wife to pursue a graduate degree and her life’s passion. He stayed connected to his extended family, always enjoying time spent together. His family loved Robert for many reasons, not the least of which were his steadfast encouragement and support.
Robert is survived by his wife Janet, his children Scott Speirer, Jill Schmersey, Rebecca Oss, Karin Blanchard and Rodney Speirer, his sons-in-law Darrin Oss and Mark Blanchard, his grandchildren, Josephine and Orion Spencer-Speirer, Jason Oss and Nathaniel and Dexter Blanchard, and his sister Helen Wilson.
A memorial service will be held for Robert at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 27th at the United Methodist Church, 3 N. Main St. in Clancy. A reception will follow at the church. Memorials in honor of Robert are suggested to the Clancy United Methodist Church, 3 N. Main St., Clancy, MT 59634. Please visit below to offer his family a condolence or to share a memory of Robert. His family thanks Renaissance Senior Care and Hospice for their kind and gentle care of Robert.