Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

November 18, 2012

Paul P. Speth

Nov. 24, 1919 - Nov. 16, 2012


— Paul P. Speth, 92, passed away on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at the North Woods Village Nursing Home in Kokomo. Paul was born Nov. 24, 1919, to Edward and Josephine Ruppert Speth in Indianapolis.

Paul graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1937 and married Delores “Dolly” Dietz in 1939. Dolly passed away in 2003. He worked at Wonder Bread Bakery before entering the Army during World War II. A member of the 7th Division, he was seriously wounded in Okinawa on May 31, 1945. Awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, he spent four years in military hospitals and was released in 1949. He worked at the U.S. Post Office in Indianapolis on Illinois Street until retiring.  

An avid athlete and captain of the Sacred Heart basketball team, he and Dolly enjoyed tennis, bowling and golf. They were married 64 years. A lifelong southsider, Paul was an active member of Sacred Heart and St. Barnabas parishes. He was also a lifetime member of the Southside Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society.

Survivors are one daughter, Joan Speth Atkinson (Randy), Paragon; one son, Peter (Annie), Peru; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by five sisters and five brothers.

Viewing will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at Lauck Funeral Home, 1458 S. Meridian St., Indianapolis. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Barnabas Catholic Church.