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Clyde L Speer

January 14, 1943 — January 5, 2022

Clyde L Speer, age 78, of Perry passed away peacefully on January 5th, 2022, in Perry, Oklahoma.

Clyde was born on January 14, 1943, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to parents Chester and Evelyn (Rice) Speer. After finishing high school in Oklahoma City, he began a career in the mental health field, working at the State Hospital in Norman. He joined the Marine Corp and did a tour serving his country. After his discharge, he moved to the San Francisco Bay area where he worked in the psychiatric unit of Marin General Hospital for many years, periodically taking time off to return to his parents and the family farm in Morrison, Oklahoma.

Clyde returned to the Perry area in the early 1990’s where he took a position at the Cherokee Strip Museum. Always interested in local history, he ultimately started doing extensive research about the buildings on the square in Perry. This led to his composition of the informational placards on the buildings that can be viewed today.

Clyde was preceded in death by his parents Chester and Evelyn (Rice) Speer; his brother Monte Bill Speer; his sister Patricia Jeannie (Speer) Yerbic and brother in-law Charles Louis Yerbic; nephew Patrick Jay Yerbic.

Clyde is survived by nephews: Charles Louis Yerbic II and Karina (Ulrich) Yerbic of Fort Bragg, California; Stephen Kip Yerbic of Taos, New Mexico; Michael Allen Yerbic of Morrison, Oklahoma; Gary Mark Yerbic and Gail (Fagan) Yerbic of Morrison, Oklahoma; James Speer Yerbic and Deidra (Bigheart) Yerbic of Morrison, Oklahoma; as well as a number of nieces, nephews and cousins in: California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Texas.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date in a ceremony at Pleasant Valley cemetery in Sumner, Oklahoma where his interment will occur.

Another private celebration of his life will be conducted at the Tomales Bay State Park, surrounded by The Point Reyes National Seashore in west Marin county, California.

He was an avid lover of dogs throughout his life. Any contributions to animal shelters in his name would be a kind tribute.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral website at

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