Henry C. Specht, Age :93
Sep 16,1927---Oct 06,2020

Henry Charles Specht 1927-2020
On October 6, 2020, Henry Charles Specht, 93, Overland Park, Kansas, died peacefully at home.
Henry was born September 16, 1927, in Piqua, Kansas, the son of Carl E. and Mary L. (Konen) Specht.  He grew up on a small farm in Piqua, attending Piqua primary school and later graduating from Iola High School. 
He served in the United States Navy during WWII and the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He attended Colorado State for one semester where he played basketball. He transferred to Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science (later becoming Kansas State University) under the GI Bill of Rights. He was a member of Phi Kappa Fraternity. In 1950 he played 40 baseball games for the Topeka Owls Class C, where he played against Mickey Mantle. The following year the Chicago Cubs offered him the opportunity to play third base.  He graduated from K-State in May, 1951 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He played basketball under Tex Winter, and baseball for K-State.
Post-graduation, he married the love of his life, June (Boydston), on September 3, 1951. They were married 54 years and had six children, 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, who were their pride and joy.
His family was the most important aspect of his life and his favorite hobbies were hunting with friends and family, wood working, and coaching his sons in multiple sports.  He and June loved watching their children compete in athletics at Shawnee Mission North High School. He was a long-time member of St. Pius X Parish in Mission. One of their greatest joys was caring for their beloved homestead of 65 years.
…we will forever miss Dad’s remarkable sense of humor, and unforgettable smile.
Survivors include his Sister, Mary Louise Collins, Humboldt, Kan. and Brother, Frank Specht, Piqua, Kan. , Children, David Specht, Mission; Susan Specht Coyle (Mike), Shawnee; Barbara Specht Willoughby (Mark), Lawrence; Robert Specht (Kelly), Overland Park; Joseph Specht (Elizabeth), Shawnee; and Steven Specht (Janice), Stilwell.
He was preceded in death by his wife June in 2005; a sister, Bernice Specht Wille; brothers, Lloyd Specht and Archie Specht; and grandson, Carl Specht.
Memorial Mass will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, October 10 at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9405 Mission Rd., Leawood.  Private graveside services will be held on Monday, October 12 at Resurrection Cemetery in Lenexa. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorial contributions to Carl’s Cause at www.carlscause.org



Condolences

Judy Johnson Oct 07 ,2020

Niece ,Buffalo ,Kansas

Dave and I want to express our heartfelt sympathy in the passing of your Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa. Uncle Hank was a great guy, always full of life and love for his family. He will be remembered warmly. Sincerely with love, Judy(Collins) Johnson and Dave Johnson

Chris Turner Oct 08 ,2020

Family friend ,Kobe, Japan

Testament to all the baseball, basketball and football games I was fortunate enough to attend by riding along with the Spechts, I happened to be in the family car when the odometer hit 100,000 miles, with of course Hank at the wheel for most of them, quietly grinning at the fact, as a backseat of noisy, cheering kids failed to shake his resolve. This was my image of Hank when I was a kid growing up with the boys: steadfast and consistent, yet easy going, ever armed with a perfectly timed, witty, humorous comment seeing right through me to everyone's delight. I'd never seen a dad play ball with his kids that had such skill and natural ability, making it abundantly clear just where the Specht clan got their athletic talent. It was a rare occasion that I ever saw Hank become angry, but when he did, rest assured it was likely because of something Joe and I did, and much deserved. Concerned that our shenanigans might of aged Hank a bit too soon however, appear to be unfounded in that he made it all the way to 93! So glad we were able to see you at the house while back for a visit in 2013. You'll be missed and remembered Hank. Thank you for the great memories.

Frank Gilman Oct 08 ,2020

My condolences to the Specht Family. Mr. Specht was a great man. Peace to all.

Michele & Bill Best Oct 08 ,2020

Friend ,Lawrence ,Kansas

Thinking of this wonderful family during this time of loss. The beautiful blessed smiles that have been passed down from generation to generation. Barb I see your Dads smile on you often. Hoping you all can celebrate in his great memories and blessed life. Your Dad would be so happy seeing you all together laughing and remembering the good times. Prayers and love being sent to you all. Love, Bill and Michele Best

Michael & Danna Maloney Oct 08 ,2020

Family friend ,Glendale ,Arizona

Our sincere condolences to all the family as he was an amazing, caring and giving man. He will be missed! God Bless him!!

Karen O'Connor and Shirley O'Connor Oct 08 ,2020

Friend ,Mission ,Kansas

Dear Specht Family, Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved father. May he rest in eternal peace.

Thomas G Christoph Oct 08 ,2020

My condolences to the Specht family in the loss of Hank. What a wonderful man! I can remember seeing your dad at many events at OM Jr High many years ago, whether he was the coach or just in the stands watching. He was ALWAYS positive, a fantastic teacher and, leader and wonderful role model. And that never changed through the years that I knew him. I know he was a great family man, and a friend to many others. He always had my respect He will be missed, but remembered, by many.

james dennis gerant Oct 08 ,2020

friend ,Mesa ,Arizona

great man. great coach. great family. sorry for your all loss. james gerant.

kevin kietzman Oct 09 ,2020

friend ,lenexa ,Kansas

Hank loved coaching his kids and mentoring their friends as much as anyone ever could. He always had a smile and a word of encouragement after a game where I kicked a ground ball or struck out. Steve says he wasn't quite as cheerful all the time to him, but my dad was the same way. What a life well lived and what a glorious legacy to have impacted not only his own kids lives, but so many of their teammates and friends. All the Kietzmans mourn his passing. He will be missed, but remembered for the great man he was.

kevin kietzman Oct 09 ,2020

friend ,lenexa ,Kansas

Hank loved coaching his kids and mentoring their friends as much as anyone ever could. He always had a smile and a word of encouragement after a game where I kicked a ground ball or struck out. Steve says he wasn't quite as cheerful all the time to him, but my dad was the same way. What a life well lived and what a glorious legacy to have impacted not only his own kids lives, but so many of their teammates and friends. All the Kietzmans mourn his passing. He will be missed, but remembered for the great man he was.

Nina LaGue Thomas Oct 09 ,2020

Friend ,Gardner ,Kansas

Dear Barb and family, Mike and I wouldn't like to extend our sympathies in the Lord of your father. The entire LaGue family is praying that precious memories will comfort you all at this tender time. Mike and Nina (LaGue) Thomas

Consigli Construction Oct 10 ,2020

Family ,Connecticut

On behalf of the entire Consigli Family we offer our heartfelt sympathy for your loss. We honor Hank’s service to our country and his family.

Thayne & Terri Murray Oct 10 ,2020

Niece ,Stilwell ,Kansas

BEST UNCLE ON THE PLANET! Uncle Hank was always wonderful, loving & supportive to my Sweet Mother and all the Dillon kids ❤️ I will never forget the holidays and games we played in his yard! He left quite a legacy that left a huge imprint in my heart! Loved you very much Uncle Hank and HUGS to all my Specht cousins!

Jean Specht Burnett Oct 11 ,2020

Neice ,Ruther Glen ,Virginia

Uncle Hank, Dad, Uncle Arch, Uncle Gerald, the Kipp brothers and Uncle Frank were the Piqua, Kansas baseball team in the 40’s and the 50’s....they were once in a lifetime players, never to be repeated. What a legacy! What memories! Condolences to David, Sue, Barb, Bob, Steven, grandkids and great grandkids, you’re part of a great family. Uncle Hank has been enrolled for one full year in all regularly scheduled Masses celebrated at The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Lisa Powell Oct 11 ,2020

Friend ,Roeland Park

Dear Barb and Specht Family, I am so sorry fir your loss. You are so fortunate you had your father for so long. My prayers to you. Lisa

Lou Anne Wagner Oct 12 ,2020

St. Pius X Parish ,Mission ,Kansas

On behalf of Fr. Ken and the St. Pius X parishioners, I'd like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Hank's family. He and June were pillars of our parish. On a personal note, he was so kind to me after I lost my husband and I started to attend meetings for our bereavement ministry. Kindness and humor was his style. Peace to you all.

Cathy. & Bob Hare Oct 17 ,2020

Friends of Specht kids ,Mission ,Kansas

To all the Spechts, Bob and I send you our love and prayers on the passing of your dad, Hank. The Spechts and Landers spent a lot of time together growing up. Our half acre next door was always a great place for a ball game. Your parents and ours were such great friends (and godparents) for all of our youth. Our Dad and Hank shared a good deal of time together as they aged and in their younger years playing softball for the St Pius X men's team, holding the flashlight so we all could sled ride down 54th Street Terr. and coaching our Mission Optimist girl's softball team. Hank was a great man, friend, coach and father. He is now up in heaven with June as they both look down on all of you. God Bless, Cathy

Brenda Taylor Oct 19 ,2020

Friend ,OVERLAND PARK ,Kansas

Thinking of all the Specht family and how blessed you were to have Hank. He was special to Larry and I also , especially since he helped us have winning football players and teams. And Barb and Susan were =1 supporters. It meant a lot that Hank and his sons all came to visit Larry during his last year. I know you will all miss him but you have such good memories. Love you guys.

Event:
Memorial Mass
Location:
Cure of Ars Catholic Church
Address:
9405 Mission Road
City:
Leawood
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66206
Date:
Oct 10 ,2020
Time:
6:00 PM
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