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Del J Speidel

September 3, 1946 ~ January 26, 2022 (age 75)

Obituary

Del J. Speidel of Hazen, formerly of Tucson, died of pancreatic cancer at St. Alexis Hospital, Bismarck, Jan. 26, 2022. An inurnment service will be held at Beautiful Savior Memorial Garden, Tucson, with Pastor David Pavesic officiating on Saturday, March 5th at 10:00 am in the Memorial Garden at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7570 N. Thornydale Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741. Per Del’s wishes, there will be no memorial services in North Dakota. A video recording of the inurnment service will be available on the Barbot Funeral Home website.

Del was born in the Jamestown Hospital on Sept. 3, 1946 to John and Violet (Borth) Speidel, Medina, ND and baptized at English Lutheran Church in Medina soon afterward. His godparents were Roland and Loretta Wiest, Hazen. Del was confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington in 1960. He lived in Medina with his parents and brother, Dallas until they moved to Carrington in 1960 to start a new business. Del graduated from Carrington High School in 1964 and attended Ellendale Junior College and Minot State University pursuing a degree in accounting.  Del married Mary Sailer (Armand and Hildegard) of Hazen in 1971 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Carrington and Stephanie was born later that year. Del started a new business in Rugby, ND with his father and uncle Harold Borth. Their son Ryan was born in 1973 in Rugby.  In 1976 Borth and Speidel added another business in Rugby, a furniture and carpeting store, which later became Speidel Furniture. Del’s entrepreneurial spirit led to another partnership in Hazen with his brother Dallas and cousin Loren Wiest, which led to several business ventures over the years. Del and his family moved to Hazen in 1979 where he worked as a carpenter at a power plant until he started another new business, Western Steel Builders. Del left a lasting impression on the city of Hazen and Mercer County with several of his projects: the hockey rink, a movie theater, lumber yard, gas station, and many buildings at the power plants. He won an award in 1984 from Varco-Pruden for the Shimmin Lumber building. In 1986, Del and his family moved to Tucson, AZ where he continued to sell pre-engineered metal buildings with his brother-in-law Bruce Drath, who also moved his family to Tucson.  After a few years, he switched gears and worked for Southwest Hazzard Control, an asbestos abatement company, where he learned the business and later started another new business, ACT Environmental with Bill Martin in 1991. Del was very proud of this small environmental consulting firm and cherished his partnership and friendship with Bill. Due to health issues, Del was forced to retire in 2013. He left a long legacy of hard work and honest business practices where his handshake was his word. One of the greatest roles of his life was as Grace’s grandpa.  Grace Rosemary Speidel was born in 2009 and she changed his life for the better.  After Del and Mary divorced in 2014, the call of the wild led him back to Hazen, where he could fish and hunt to his heart’s content, something that was very hard in Arizona. 

Del was also very active at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Tucson where he served on various committees and was instrumental in the expansion of the campus. Del received an award from Ben’s Bells in 2011 for helping set up an interactive computer link so a child with cancer could attend kindergarten virtually. He also organized several dinners for the residents of the Tucson House, an apartment building for the disabled in Tucson. Del was the go-to person for any fundraisers at BSLC.

Del is survived by his daughter, Stephanie, Tucson, AZ; his granddaughter, Grace, Tucson, AZ; his sibling, Dallas (Bert) Speidel, Bismarck, ND; his ex-wife and friend, Mary Speidel, Tucson, AZ and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Del is preceded in death by his parents and his son, Ryan. Father and son are together again.

   In lieu of flowers, memorials will be used to purchase a tree in Del’s honor at Beautiful Savior.

Arrangements conducted by Barbot Funeral Home, Hazen and Beulah

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