David Max Specht, 75, passed away unexpectedly at his home in New Lisbon, WI on Oct.21 2019. A Memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (517 Grayside Ave. Mauston, WI 53948) on Saturday, October 26, 2019. Visitation will be at 1:00p.m followed by a service at 2:00p.m.
Saturday November 9th, 2019 at Saints Peter and Paul Lutheran Church (21069 Prairie Hill Road, Monticello, IA) there will be a “Celebration of life” Service and a Committal Service at 11a.m.
David was born Jan 6, 1944 in Monticello Iowa, the son of Max Specht and Loretta (Thalacker) Specht. Schooled in Castle Grove #6 through eighth grade, he graduated from Monticello High School with the class of 1962. Dave enjoyed participating in high school sports and choir. He was active in 4-H, being elected the county vice-president. He entered the Iowa School of Law after three years of college, but then enlisted in the United States Army OCS, completing his military requirement as a Second Lieutenant.
Dave returned to farming with his brothers and parents. In partnership with three others, he created a commodity-price charting magazine business. In 1975 he bought a seat on the Chicago Board of Trade. After five years living in Chicago, Dave sold his charting business and Seat and started a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Dave had to give up his dairy farm ambitions in the 1980’s “farm crisis”. He then completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin. He worked until his retirement for the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture.
Dave is survived by his wife and dear friend, Roxann and her nieces & nephews, his sister Liz (Steve) Johnson, Monticello, IA; brothers Paul (Kim), Monticello, IA: and Philip (Sharon), McGregor, Iowa; and 14 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Daniel; a sister-in-law Kathy; and a nephew Nathan.
Dave enjoyed the outdoors! His annual Canada fishing trips would not be missed. His hunting skills were keen, and his positive attitude will be missed at deer camp. He will also be missed by many friends he has made over the years.
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