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Richard  W. "Speed"  Eddinger
  • Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence
    5470 Glenn Cross Road
    Battle Creek, MI 49015

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1 of 24 | Posted by: Bill Cunningham - Rotonda West, FL

“Barb, Thinking fondly of the many wonderful times with you and Speed in Summerland Key! God speed, Speed, RIP dear friend. George Harvey & Christine...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Christine Kapanowski - Dearborn, MI

“Sad to learn that Battle Creek lost its Coffee Shop legend.RIP SpeedGeorge Taft(Mr. Don) ”
3 of 24 | Posted by: George Taft - MI - Acquaintance

“My heartfelt condolences to the family for your loss. May you be comforted by your cherished memories, as you await the fulfillment of Gods promise...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: A friend

“Although I have been away from Battle Creek for too many years to mention, Speeds burger and fries were the best and I have never found another to...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: Sherry Bennett - The Villages, FL

“Barb, Shannon and Mike,So very sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. ”
6 of 24 | Posted by: Beth (Baker) Jones - Raleigh, NC

“I'm very sorry for your loss. ”
7 of 24 | Posted by: Scott Kirkland - MI - Friend

“My condolences to the family of Speed he will be miss. GOD BLESS ”
8 of 24 | Posted by: Ron Brown - Climax, MI

“Speed was a great man. So full of life, speed lived life to fullest, total respect for this man. Condolences to the family and everyone who was...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Dale Bradley - Cape coral, FL

“So sorry for Speed leaving us. I'm sure he and Pop are swapping stories and jokes as usual. Come to Yuma. Your california now arizona sister. ”
10 of 24 | Posted by: Judy Graham - Yuma, AZ - Friend

“Sorry to hear of Speed's passing. He was a good guy and a wonderful boss for a teenager to have. He will be remembered with fond memories. ”
11 of 24 | Posted by: Bill Halstead - DOWLING, MI

“My deepest sympathy to the family. Was just with him and family celebrating his 90th birthday last year. My husband was one of Speed's restaurant...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: Pam Marsh - HASTINGS, MI - Friend

“i started working for Speed when I was 17. Best Boss Ever. So Sorry for your loss.Prayers ”
13 of 24 | Posted by: PAULA WEEDER - BATTLE CREEK, MI

“So very sorry to hear this Shannon. Praying for peace for you and your family. ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: Shelley Steinmiller - Portage, MI

“So sorry to see this. We certainly had some fun.Condolences to Barb and family ”
15 of 24 | Posted by: Vicki Horwitz - Battle Creek, MI

“My aunt Roberta Bert Swafford worked for Speed for years. They were friends. It was a pleasure to go in Lakeview Speeds and have a burger... My...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Willa D. Walters - Pikeville, TN

“Speed was such a nice man. I worked at Some Place Else while college. He really took care of his employees. RIP Speed. ”
17 of 24 | Posted by: Jill Magnuson - BC, MI

“Ellen, Brett and Hunter,Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May your memories hold peace and comfort...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Lisa and Bruce Johnson - Marshall, MI

“Dear Barb,So very sorry to hear of Speed's passing. We remember him fondly...he was certainly a fun, funny and hospitable guy..we have the best...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Dona and Bill Kirkland - FL

“The man gave me great advise in life. Taught me a lot. ”
20 of 24 | Posted by: Robert Donmoyer - Summerland Key, FL

“Terry and I send our condolences. We miss you both on Genessee Street. ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: Bev Isenbarger - Bellaire, MI

“Shannon - I am so sorry for your loss! I figured out the Brownie connection. Brownie was married to Les Fields. She probably would've been your great...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Linda Tuttle - Grand Rapids, MI

“I am sorry to hear of the passing of Nr. Eddinger. The family lived close and we all lived in Battle Creek. My God grant peace to your to your family. ”
23 of 24 | Posted by: Jan Crumpling-Erlandson - MI

“Dear Barb and family, So sorry to hear about Speed's passing, we was a great guy and will be missed by many!Your in our thoughts and prayers.Darrel...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Darrel Mitchell - Bellaire, MI


Richard W. "Speed" Eddinger, 90, of Battle Creek, died May 22, 2019. Speed was born July 26, 1928 in Battle Creek to LaVerne and Myrtle (Fields) Eddinger. After graduating from Lakeview High School, Speed joined the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1956. A long-time business owner, Speed owned the Speed's Coffee Shop in Battle Creek, Lakeview, Verona Rd., Kalamazoo, Urbandale, Hastings and Charlotte. He also owned the Lakewood Inn, Tavern in the Park and Someplace Else. He started the business in 1953 and sold it upon his retirement in 1991.

Speed married Barbara Govier in 1953; the marriage ended in divorce. After 27 years of courtship, he married the former Barbara Franklin in 1991. After selling the business, Speed and Barbara built a retirement home in Belaire, MI where they lived for 25 years until health problems forced them to move back to Battle Creek to be closer to family.

Speed and Barbara enjoyed traveling all over the world and wintered in the Florida Keys since the 1970's. They traveled to Alaska every year for 20 years. Speed loved fishing, hunting, gardening, traveling and his cats. He and Barbara loved their new home on Beadle Lake. He was a member of Moose Lodge #1585 in Big Pike Key, FL, V.F.W. in Key West, FL. and the American Legion Post #298 in Battle Creek.

Speed is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Shanon Legg and Michael Eddinger; step-children, Debra (Roy) Bowling, Richard Franklin, and Ellen (Brett) Frazier; 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Jennifer Hawk.

A graveside service to celebrate Speed's life will be 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 28th at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 28th from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Farley Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Memorial donations may be made to the Glenn Arbor Hospice Residence. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.