Larry Leroy Speakman, was born Christmas Day, 1940, the son of Leroy L. Speakman and Lois D. Robison Speakman. He left this life on April 8, 2018 at the age of 77 where he received his heavenly wings. He grew up on the family dairy farm in Osage County along with his five sisters. As a child Larry and his siblings came to know the meaning of hard work in order for the farm to survive. At a young age you might find him working ground for the next crop or helping his mom and dad by putting up hay for the cows.
He attended school at Burbank and Braden School in Osage County. After attaining seventh grade, Braden was annexed to Ponca City where he attended junior high and graduated from Ponca City High School with the class of 1958. While in high school he met his future wife, Nila Kizer, when they both rode the same school bus. After high school, he attended business college and became quite proficient with numbers. He enjoyed learning all about accounting and tax work. He also took college courses at Northern Oklahoma College to learn all he could. At the tender age of 17 he and Nila were married. Nila still had one year left to receive her diploma so she remained in Ponca City to finish while Larry went to Kansas City in pursuit of a job. He worked two years with Skelly Oil Company in the accounting department where he learned about computers. He then began work with Fleming Wholesale Foods where he was hired as their accounts payable clerk.
In December 1961 his dad convinced him to return to the farm. He saw an ad in the Kansas City Star advertising Holstein Heifers for sale so he bought 30 head and moved back to Ponca City and formed the partnership of Speakman and Son Dairy. That business thrived until he was ready to give it up and sold the business in the government dairy buy-out.
In 1965, he and Nila decided to form a family of their own so that year they welcomed their daughter, Shelli. Then in 1970 along came their son, Kevin. They now had a complete family and both worked diligently to raise respectable children. Larry was a doting father, husband, son and friend to all who knew him. If something was asked of him, he was there to lend a hand.
After getting out of the dairy business he worked as an accountant for the law firm Johnson and Johnson. In addition he took on clients keeping books for several businesses in Ponca City, while also taking a course with H&R Block and adding to his tax skills. He also kept beef cattle on the farm so field work didn’t end with the dairy. Every summer he would buy hay in and around Ponca City and loaded trucks skillfully with 350 to 400 bales per truck. If all that wasn’t enough he also drove a truck for Head Country BBQ. After a farm accident set him back somewhat he finally was able to return to work and purchased the inventory of a video store and opened and ran it for five years. That business adventure helped to put his son through college. Larry was a man of integrity…honest, sincere and upright. He was respected by many.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and an infant son, Michael. He leaves behind his wife, Nila, of nearly 60 years; his daughter, Shelli Lucas with her husband John, of Ponca City and his son, Kevin Speakman with his wife Kristin, of Pryor; grandson, Bryan Lucas, of Ponca City and granddaughter, Alyssa Soutter with her husband Logan, of Seattle, Wash. He also leaves behind his sisters, Mavis Condit with her husband Charles, of Ponca City, Florene Love with her husband Billy Joe, of Tennessee, Lois Thornton with her husband Orville, of Ponca City, Linda Hart with her husband Robert, of Ponca City and Donna Ross with her husband Tom, of Ponca City. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who will all miss him dearly.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 13, at Community Christian Church with Valerie Austin, pastor and Mark Lyon, pastor, officiating. Preceding the service, he will be laid to rest in Odd Fellows Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 13. Friends and family may pay their respects at Trout Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 11 from 5-8 p.m. and on Thursday, April 12 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with family greeting friends Thursday, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Serving as casket bearers are grandson, Bryan Lucas; grandson-in-law, Logan Soutter; nephews, Tommy Ross and Jason Ross; neighborhood friends, Taner Case and Jared Fisher. Honorary casket bearers are nephews, Lonnie Love, Steve Thornton, Jeremy Ross, Harlan E. Kizer and Charles Kizer.
Those wishing to honor him may do so by making contributions to Hospice of North Central Oklahoma, 445 Fairview, Ponca City, OK 74601 or Community Christian Church, 2109 West Grand, Ponca City, OK 74601.