Paul Speed

Paul Leslie Speed

February 19, 1946 - July 30, 2020
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Paul Leslie Speed was born on February 19, 1946, in Sturgis, SD, to Russell and Violet (Young) Speed. He attended 1st through 8th grade at Stoneville School, and then 9th through 12th at Sturgis Brown High, graduating in 1964. Paul went into the Army and served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968. He was very proud to serve his country and was a very humble man. He sheared sheep in high school and throughout his college time. Paul attended Black Hills State until 1972.
In 1969, he met Karen Steffes and they were married on July 10, 1970. They had just celebrated their 50th anniversary. They moved to the Chaffee Ranch in 1972 and lived there until 1981, when they moved north of Union Center, where they have lived since. Paul received his Mason City College of Auctioneering diploma in February of 1980. He worked at Sturgis Livestock since he was in high school, starting from night man, sorting alley, yard back, and then his life dream of Auctioneer. He worked for several owners of Sturgis Livestock for over 30 years. He also worked at Cammack Ranch Supply for 24 years and delivered feed for a short time for ML Feeds. Paul auctioned for Casteel Auction Service since 1981. In fact, the last auction he did was for Casteel Auction service in May of 2020. He auctioned the 4-H Livestock Sale for 35-plus years, and was honored at the Meade County Fair for his years of dedication. He also auctioned a lot of benefits and fundraisers. Paul worked at the Black Hills National Cemetery from 2005 to 2009, and took much pride in working there. Paul was honored also by being Meade County Veteran of the Month in February of 2016. Paul served for 9 years, from 1986 to 1995, as a school board member for the Meade School District 46-1.
Paul loved watching and helping his kids in their sports and activities. He found so much enjoyment in watching his grandkids in their activities and was very involved in their lives. In his younger years, he loved to team rope, follow his kids, and cheer on his wife in softball games. He was very content with being home, having his family around, along with his dog, Willie.
“I drank my tanker full in my life” was a quote from Paul who was sober for 15 years. We all are so proud of him for this accomplishment, and he was proud, too.
Paul Speed, 74, of Union Center, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2020, at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Meade.
Paul is survived by his wife, Karen Speed; his daughter, Lana (Rick) Anderson; granddaughter, Tara Reinert, and her father and stepmother, Pete and Shannon Reinert; son, Ryan (Samantha) Speed; grandson, Maxon Speed; step-grandchildren, Chad (Jami) Anderson and Jason (Valerie) Anderson; step-great-grandchildren, Carsyn, Avery, Lola, and Christopher Anderson; siblings, Jo (Pete) Bauer of Newcastle, WY, and Rosie (Norm) Graves of Americus, GA; brothers-in-law, Duane Steffes of Kent, WA, and Darrell (Jan) Steffes of Vale, SD; sister-in-law, Donna (Jerry) Duprel of Vale SD; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Violet Speed; his dad, Russell Speed; his brother, John Speed; and his Goddaughter, Heidi Graves.
Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 4, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center, with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Committal service, with military honors, will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Paul to the Union Center Central Meade County Community Center for the care of the Veterans Park, and to the Paul Speed 4-H Memorial Scholarship Fund.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    August 4, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    August 4, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Kinkade Funeral Chapel
    1235 Junction Ave.
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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  • Funeral Service

    August 5, 2020 | 10:00am
    August 5, 2020 10:00am
    Central Meade County Community Center
    19617 Ball Field Road
    Union Center, SD 57787
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    Pastor Harold Delbridge
  • Interment

    August 5, 2020 | 2:30pm
    August 5, 2020 2:30pm
    Black Hills National Cemetery
    20901 Pleasant Valley Drive
    Sturgis, SD 57785
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Jeanne Eppenbaugh-Iversen

Posted at 05:15pm
Karen and family, So sorry to hear of Paul's passing. It's been forever since I've seen you, visiting your cousins at Hereford, and later on, and Paul not since High School, but knew you two had gotten married, actually just ahead of my husband and I. Paul's health and death must have been rather quick if he auctioneered as recent as May. We don't get the RC Journal anymore, so just heard through the grapevine. Hard to believe he and John are both gone. Where has the time gone! It's sad to hear about your loss. Hope you and your family are okay, and God's comfort to you all.

Sharon Freed

Posted at 08:44am
Karen and Families,
Our thoughts are prayers are with you all in the loss of Paul. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him!!
Dennis and Sharon Freed, Belle Fourche, SD

Joan Peterson

Posted at 08:32pm
Karen and family; Sorry to hear of Paul's passing. Enjoyed knowing Paul through Meade School District 46-1. He was always the quiet one at the meetings. Cherish your memories and let them comfort you today and always. God bless, Joan Peterson

Melanie, Jeff, & Dylan Ziegler

Posted at 12:06pm
Sending you so much love, light, & strength. I am beyond grateful for all of our special memories spent with Uncle Paul. I love you
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Angela Ross

Posted at 02:58pm
We are so sorry to hear about Paul, you have good memories and keep them close to your heart. Thinking of you Lana.

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