In Passing – November 2014

M. Eugene Speicher

M. Eugene Speicher, born December 26, 1921, died peacefully on October 10, 2014, in Twin Falls, Idaho, with his son by his side. Eugene and Genevieve (Connie) were graduates of Columbia Medical and Nursing Schools, married in 1952, moved to Sacramento, CA in 1958 and practiced Urology until 1980. Connie and Gene moved to SaddleBrooke in 1993 where they enjoyed retired life and their home in the desert.

Gene’s hobbies and interests included piano (jazz in particular), horticulture and landscape design, master gardening, bee keeping, sports cars (a sports car racing enthusiast), photography, golf and tennis.

Connie died three years prior to Gene’s passing and they are survived by three children, 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Robert “Bob” Harbert

Robert Bob Harbert, 81, passed peacefully from Casa de La Luz Hospice on October 8, 2014. His wife Kathleen and his two sons, Jeffrey and Michael, were at his side. Bob had a long and rewarding life. He was born on March 18, 1933, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He moved with his family to Pueblo, Colorado, in 1946. He served in the Navy aboard the mine sweeper USS Rich from 1951 to 1955. While attending college back in Pueblo he met and married Kathleen in 1960. After graduating with a BS degree in Engineering at University of Colorado, Bob had a productive career with Reynolds Metals Aluminum as an engineer and plant manager retiring in 1991. Bob was an active participant in community affairs serving as President of the Hot Springs, Arkansas, Chamber of Commerce in 1979 and President of United Way in 1982. He was also active in his church and attained Fourth Degree in the Knights of Columbus, served as Grand Knight and Arkansas State District Deputy in 1996 to 1997.

Bob was a nomad at heart leading his family through 22 different moves. Bob and Kathleen have enjoyed retirement in SaddleBrooke, Arizona, for the last 13 years where Bob continued community work on the ALC Board. The family is thankful that Bob survived treatment for esophageal cancer earlier in 2014 which allowed Bob and Kathleen to enjoy several trips to visit his brothers, old friends and especially his sons and grandchildren in Virginia.

Bob is survived by his wife of fifty four years of marriage, Kathleen, two sons Jeffrey and Michael (Amy) and four beautiful grandchildren, Jessica, Meghan, Julia and Zachary. Bob is also survived by his brothers Jack (Betty), Charles (Kay), and James (Marianna) and many nieces and nephews and his sister-in-law Peggy (Jim).

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Casa de La Luz Hospice for their gentle care and special arrangements for music and military honors in Bob’s final hours. The family also wishes to acknowledge neighbors and friends for their support and prayers during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the donor’s charity of choice.