Koops Funeral Chapel


George Eldon Speas

October 31, 1931June 18, 2020

George Eldon Speas of Woodland, age 88, went to be with his Lord and Savior on June 18, 2020 from his home where he resided for 48 years. He was born October 31,1931 in Cleveland, Ohio to Joseph and Doriene (White) Speas Demond. He graduated from Lake Odessa High School in 1949 and then spent the next four years in the United States Navy during the Korean War, where he was stationed in Japan. When George returned from his military duty, he married Nadine Louise Cook on April 30, 1955 at Sebewa Baptist Church. They served together in churches for many years. He pastored in the community for over fifty years, thirty-one at Kilpatrick United Brethren Church in Woodland, Michigan. He also spent time in sales and served as hospice chaplain for Barry County for over ten years.

He will be remembered for his contagious laugh and strong faith in the Lord that proved to be an inspiration to his family, friends and community. We are celebrating his entry into heaven, beingwelcomed by Jesus. He had a wonderful life on earth believing, preaching and celebrating the Lord. He is now reaping the rewards of a life well lived. GLORY!!!

George was preceded in death, on April 26, 2020, by his wife Nadine (Cook) Speas, his parents, his brother Paul Speas, sister Shirley Faith (Speas) Wilson, brother in law Larry Lepard and brother in law Jerald (Jake) Cook. He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Karen (Mark) Rogers of LakeOdessa, Jeff (Renee) Speas of Lake Odessa, Janneth (James) Hulett of Allendale, Beth (Steve) Foltz of Sunfield: Sisters Eileen (Red) McIntyre of Okemos, Sharon (Mark) Engle of Battle Creek, Valerie (Ernie)Morgan of Battle Creek, Brothers Lonnie Ott and Stephen (Deb) Speas, Sister in law, Marcia (Rod) Lake of Lake Odessa and sisters in law, Nancy (Eash) Cook of Wolverine, and Joanne (Hall) Speas of Fruitland Park, Florida, 14 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a private graveside.

At a later date, a large celebration of life for George and Nadine will be

open to extended family and friends. Memorial contributions can be sent to Kilpatrick United Brethren



George Eldon Speas

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Kandi Frey Snodgrass

August 3, 2020

My mother Dorothy (Cook) Frey was a second cousin, friend, and schoolmate of Nadine.  She fondly remembers Nadine and George.  She currently lives in the Chicago area and is sending your family God's Peace.

Jerry and Diane Tomandl

June 24, 2020

Our sympathies to Karen and family. Rev. Speas always had had a smile and happy greeting for you. A true follower of our Lord. May he rest in peace.

Terri and Bill Slade

June 24, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss.  I know you have many fond memories of your parents that will help ease your pain

john and jane cook

June 23, 2020

Thoughts and prayers for the family of George and Nadine.  Both were very special people for all of us cousins.


June 22, 2020

I remember when George was a young man at home. We "little sisters" adored him. He was super kind and fun with us.😍

June 22, 2020

every time my path crossed with George's I felt the pleasure of having seen a friend. My guess is he made everyone feel this way

Klaus and Carol Baumeister Schmidt

June 21, 2020

George felt it was part of his duty to provide "marital counseling" before Klaus and I got married on August 16, 2003.  We laughed a lot as he completed his duty while sitting on the porch swing!  But after I said my prepared vows in German at our wedding, Klaus gave me a kiss after wiping away his tears.  George immediately piped up, "I haven't said you could kiss her yet!"  And our friends and relatives loved him even more!  Nadine handled those high school boys for years with their stage make-up whether they wanted it or not!  These are dear memories of dear people whose lives they touched and enriched.  We can only in a small way share the grief of losing such a loving couple so close together.

Barbara Stout

June 20, 2020

George married Bruce and Barbara Stout in 1976. My husband is gone now in July 13th 2020 will be 1 year. So George say hi to him if you see him.

Elaine McMurtry Hansen

June 20, 2020

Eileen So sorry to hear about your loss.  I am sorry you and I have lost FB contact.  You and All your family are in my prayers.

Ron Watterly

June 20, 2020

We were sitting around at conference one time sharing preacher stories, when George told us about the time he rounded up the other two pastors in town for a golf game. He forgot that he had a funeral to do that day. So when he didn't show the undertaker couldn't find any one to cover because they were all on the golf course with George! Great man!