CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Edward D. Speakman, 65, formerly of Sikeston, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at St. Francis Medical Center.
He was born Dec. 3, 1946, in Cape Girardeau, to Henry Curtis and Della Estelle Waddle Speakman. He graduated from Sikeston High School in 1964 and Southeast Missouri State University in 1989. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was also in the National Guard and Army Reserve. Upon his retirement from the military, he had achieved the rank of captain. Ed was a St. Louis County police officer, Sikeston Department of Public Safety crime scene investigator and sheriff at Bertrand. In addition, he owned photography studios: Photography Unlimited and Speakman Studio in Sikeston. He also worked as a design technician and bridge inspector for MoDOT. He moved from Sikeston to Cape Girardeau in 2008.
He was a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and Fr. Marquette Council No. 11205 of Knights of Columbus.
On Sept. 28, 1968, at Sikeston, he married Sherry Sue Ernst who survives of the home in Cape Girardeau.
Other survivors include: two daughters, Debra (Raymond P.) Enderle of Cape Girardeau and Christie (Jim) Utterback of Kingsport, Tenn.; one brother, Aaron Thomas Speakman of Sikeston; and five grandchildren, Collin and Maria Enderle and Andrew, Alex and Abigail Utterback.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. today at the Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home. A Knights of Columbus rosary will be recited at 8 p.m.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at the St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Cape Girardeau with the Rev. Kizito Wenani officiating.
Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Cape Girardeau.
Online condolences may be made at www.fordandsonsfuneralhome.com.
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