Joseph Walter Speed

November 30, -0001 - October 11, 2009

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SPEED, Joseph “Walt,” beloved husband of Rita Speed (nee Haarmann) for 58 years, dear father of Denny (Marian), Rick (Nancy), Jeff (Sandy) and Kevin (Laura) Speed, Karen (Eric) Weaver and the late Diane Tiernan and Mike (Christy) Tiernan, also survived by 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, brother of Sr. Mildred Speed, O.S.F. and the late Jim Speed. Sunday, October 11, 2009, age 82. Visitation at Hodapp Funeral Home, 6041 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, Thursday 6-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial Assumption Church, 7711 Joseph St., Mt. Healthy, Friday 10 a.m. Mr. Speed was a member of the Ohio Valley Officials Assoc. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Western Golf Assoc. Evans Scholars Found, 1 Briar Rd., Golf, IL 60029, or Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cincinnati, OH 45263.


Blair and Elaine Holder - Oct 16, 2009

Thinking of all of you during this difficult time – remembering the wonderful times we had with Walt and Rita at Thanksgiving and a wedding in July. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love from Blair and Elaine Holder

Pam Tomlinson - Oct 15, 2009

So sorry to hear about your dad. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.


Mary Lynn Byrne - Oct 15, 2009

My deepest sympathy to Rita and family.
He was a wonderful husband,dad, grandpa and friend.
He’ll be missed very much.

Rod & Jan Tuttle - Oct 15, 2009

Just thinking of you and our hearts are with all of you. Parents are really important.

Love from Jan and Rod

Karen Moore - Oct 15, 2009

To Rita and the family…I got to know Walt as a bus driver at Finneytown last year. He drove Shantel Smith and I to school every morning. I still miss his delightful greeting every day and his warm smile. He shared many wonderful stories of his family during those quiet moments on our trips to Diamond Oaks. He so loved all of you and he truly enjoyed life. I never met a man with such a positive attitude even in the face of ill health. I told Shantel Smith (a beautiful young lady with Cerebral Palsy) about Walt’s passing and she was so emotional. She and I spent quite a bit of time reflecting on Walt and his funny jokes. We will always remember him and we will keep all of you our prayers. Karen Moore and Shantel Smith

Betty Reiber - Oct 14, 2009

I was so sorry to hear of Walt’s passing away. He was a wonderful neighbor, using his snow blower in the wintertime to clear my sidewalks and driveway, and frequently cutting part of my grass in the summer. I will miss seeing him and his delightful sense of humor. My sympathy to Rita and the entire family.
Betty Reiber

Mary Lou Singer - Oct 14, 2009

Rita and Family,

My prayers are with you and your entire family. Walt and I were good friends throughout my thirty-plus years of volleyball officiating.

I know he will be greatly missed.

Brad - Oct 13, 2009

I’m glad I was able to see Grandpa over Father’s Day weekend this year. Lanie, his 2nd great-grandchild, never got to see him in person, but I will make sure that she knows how admired, loved, and missed he will be by so many people.