Jeff Speaect
Funeral Director/Manager

Feigum Funeral Home
808 W Pleasant
Pierre, SD 57501

Jeff and Wendy Speaect

Jeff grew up on a ranch in Oral, SD near Hot Springs in the Southern Black Hills.  The eldest of four children, he attended country grade school and graduated from Hot Springs High School.  Jeff received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Chadron State College in Chadron, NE in 2001 and an Associates of Arts Degree in Mortuary Science from Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, CO in 2005.


Jeff’s musical inclination was what led him to a career in funeral service.  Jeff’s first solo was for a church Christmas program where his grandfather accompanied him on the guitar to “Go Tell It On The Mountain”.  He was first asked to sing for a church friend’s funeral when he was eight.  That first experience at his local funeral home led to many more where by the time he was through high school he had a definite comfort level in the funeral home.  Witnessing countless grieving families, he developed a compassion for their hurt and was drawn to be a part of that healing process.  After many comments such as “Oh, how could you want to do that”, he talked himself out of pursuing funeral service and began toward a career in banking.  Upon completion of his bachelor’s degree and beginning in banking, a yearning to help people kept drawing him back to funeral service.  He moved to Pierre in the beginning of 2002 where he began studies for a degree in Mortuary Science.  He received his Funeral Director/Embalmer license in 2005 and assisted both Feigum-VanLith Funeral Home and Isburg-Hofmeister Funeral Home until he moved to Rapid City in 2007.   Jeff returned to Pierre in January of 2009 to manage Feigum Funeral Home.


In November of 2008, Jeff married Wendy Beck whom he had met in College in Chadron, NE.  Wendy works from home and is employed full time by Nebraska Book Company of Lincoln, NE. She is a Point of Sale Support Specialist and Inventory Control Specialist for their Software division.    


Jeff and Wendy are licensed foster parents and are also parents to their 13 year old dog “Xeka” from Guatemala.

John F. Luce III

John was born in 1983 to John and Jeannine Luce in Gettysburg, SD.  He grew up in Gettysburg and graduated from Gettysburg High School in 2002. He is currently attending Northern State in pursuit of his Mortuary Science degree.

John grew up working with his father in the funeral homes in Gettysburg, Faulkton and Eagle Butte.  He moved to Pierre in 2006 and began working for the funeral home in 2009.

John married his wife, Katie, in 2011 and they now have two daughters together.

Gloria Merriam

Gloria was born and raised in Pierre. After graduating from high school she attended college in Huron and earned her secretarial degree. In 1974, she moved back to Pierre and was employed in the Pierre School System as an administrative assistant. Gloria retired from the school system and came to work at the funeral home in the fall of 2005.

Gloria and her husband Rick have two sons, two daughters-in-law, three grandsons and one granddaughter.

Gloria helps in the office and with funerals daily.

Maxine Tessier

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