Judge Richard L. Speer
August 14, 1941 – April 3, 2013
The Honorable Richard L. Speer, Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, Ohio. Judge Speer was the 2nd longest serving judge in the United States, including the U.S. Supreme Court, having been appointed to the bench in 1975 and overseeing 114, 464 cases. A longtime resident of Port Clinton, Ohio, Judge Speer was a native of Norwalk, Ohio. He was born on August 14, 1941, a son of Lyle & Ruth (Gredys) Speer. On November 9, 1968, he married the former Anita Gailitis.