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Speak was born April 14, 1926, in Keokuk, Iowa, to Hazel Blanche (Berry) and Orvil Orris Speak, and died Dec. 23, 2013.
He graduated from Keokuk Senior High School in 1944, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and the National Athletic Honor Society, and received the Bausch and Lombe Science Award.
After graduation, he joined the United States Army, where he served in the Air Corps.
After leaving the military, he attended college in Iowa and graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. He practiced medicine at the old hospital in Athens, then opened a private practice in Frankston.
He also worked in Mabank, Seven Points, Dallas, Kerens, California, briefly in Alaska, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Tennessee Colony and the Mexia Mental Health Mental Retardation.
He was one of the few doctors who made house calls for his patients and delivered countless babies during his career, including his own granddaughter at home, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was a very soft-spoken, gentleman who had immense patience.
He was a Christian who lived for the Lord and was a great example for many.
He served as a Deacon in his church and had donated his medical services in Haiti on a missionary trip.
He loved people, was very sociable and liked everyone he met. He had a special love for animals.
His friends called him “Doc” Ken. He fulfilled roles of husband, father, brother, son, uncle, grandfather, doctor, friend, mentor and role model.
He married Dorothy Jean Feb. 6, 1956. They were married 57 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and brother Richard Speak.
Survivors include his children, Bruce Speak, Kathy Inmon, Kim Carty and husband Russell Carty, all of Kerens, Wendy Colburn and husband Shane Colburn, of Midlothian; grandchildren Cody Speak, of Trinidad, Jeremy Speak, of Malakoff, Joshua Speak of Tool, Alex Inmon, of Tyler, Kendall Hutson of Mabank, Zak Inmon of Kerens, Tyler, Blake and Brett Colburn of Midlothian, Tori, Tanner and Rachel Carty and Rebekah Speak, all of Kerens; and also great-grandchildren.