By Nicole Hamilton
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Irvin Specht had an ideal job for someone who believed in giving everyone a fair chance.
The former loan officer and director of the Cincinnati Police Federal Credit Union was known for his willingness to help people in need.
"He never had a bad word for anyone, and he was always ready to extend a helping hand. The credit union said not a day goes by without his name being mentioned," said his daughter, Patricia Specht Anderson of Fresno, Calif.
Irvin Harry Specht, known to many as "Uncle Irv," died Dec. 6 at San Joaquin Garden Health Center in Fresno, Calif., after a short illness. The longtime former Covedale resident was 93.
He got the name "Uncle Irv" when he served as volunteer treasurer of the Cincinnati Police credit union, in 1954, when, his daughter said, he disbursed loans out of a cigar box "with an outstanding judgment of credit worthiness."
Born in Cumminsville, Mr. Specht graduated from Woodward High School in 1928 and attended night classes at the University of Cincinnati.
Around 1934, he started working as a civilian clerk for the Cincinnati Police, retiring as police property clerk in 1965 to become the treasurer and manager of the Cincinnati Police Federal Credit Union.
He became treasurer and director of the credit union in 1981. Mr. Specht retired in 1994 and was named director emeritus.
In 1989, the credit union began a scholarship program in his honor.
His wife of almost 60 years, Stella Camden Specht, died in 1996, and Mr. Specht moved to Fresno to be closer to family.
He was a longtime member of Westwood Methodist Church.
Besides his daughter, Patricia Specht Anderson of Fresno, other survivors include a son, David Irvin Specht of Holyoke, Ma.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several cousins, nieces and nephews.
There are no services. The body will be cremated.
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