Specking , Jan Duanna

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Time: 4:00 to 7:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Time: 7;00 PM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Private committal at Laurel Hill Memorial Gardens, St. Louis, MO

Memorials / Donations:
Grubville Baptist Church, Grubville, MO


Jan Duanna Specking of Robertsville, MO, departed this life at his home, surrounded by the love of his family, on March3, 2020, having reached the age of eighty-one years, three months and seven days. Jan was born in Jonesboro, AR, on November 26, 1938, son of Roger Edward Specking and Laura Elizabeth Specking nee Liebheit. On October 14, 1960, he was united in marriage to Darlene Lucille Elsesser and three children came to bless this union.

Jan is survived by his wife, Darlene Specking of Robertsville, MO; by two sons, Richard Specking and wife, Catrina, of Warrenton, MO, and Timothy Specking and wife, Cindy, of Richwoods, MO; by one daughter, Cynthia Lesley of Robertsville; by twelve grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Jan was preceded in death by his parents, Roger and Laura Specking; by his son-in-law, Larry Lesley; by one brother, Bernard Specking, Sr.; by two sisters, Martha Horne and Mary Specking, and by two great-grandchildren.

Jan was a devoted Christian and member of Grubville Baptist Church in Grubville, MO. He was honored to serve as a Deacon of the church. Jan’s favorite time of day was when he would get up at night and have quiet time to read his Bible. He loved to share the word of the Lord and witness to others. Jan was proud to have served his country in the United States Navy, entering January 18, 1957 and receiving his honorable discharge on December 21, 1960. During his working years, Jan was employed by General Motors in St. Louis, MO, retiring after thirty years of service to the company. He was also a retiree of the United Auto Workers, Local 25, of St. Louis. After his retirement, he and Darlene enjoyed traveling throughout the United States. His passion was fishing and having his family gather for a fish fry at his home created many wonderful memories. Watching the baseball Cardinal’s was another of his hobbies. Each of his children and grandchildren held a special place in his heart, just as he did in their hearts.

A kind and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 7:00 PM on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Jeff Lloyd officiating. Private committal took place in Laurel Hill Memorial Gardens in St. Louis, MO. Memorials may be made to Grubville Baptist Church, Grubville, MO.