Franklin ‘Spec’ Rahbeck |

Franklin ‘Spec’ Rahbeck


Memorial services will take place Sept. 28 for Franklin Kjer “Spec” Rahbeck, who died peacefully Sept. 23, 2007, at his home on the Wind River Ranch in Gardnerville, Nev.

Spec was born May 2, 1922, to Peter and Teena Rahbeck in the family home in the Rahbeck Hotel in Gardnerville. The hotel is now the J & T Basque Restaurant. He attended Carson Valley schools and upon graduation from Douglas County High School continued his studies at the University of Nevada, where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He served as a naval aviator in the U.S. Navy during World War II, primarily in the Aleutian Islands and the Marshall Islands, where he was decorated for his military efforts.

After the service Spec married Irene Plimpton and they moved to Lake Tahoe, where he joined her brothers, Ralph and Vaughn Plimpton, to form the Plimpton and Rahbeck Lumber Company of Tahoe Valley. The company was later renamed Nevada Lumber Company. Irene died of cancer in 1956, leaving Spec with two small children. He married Pat Martin in 1957. After 13 years he sold the lumber business and opened the Outdoorsman Sporting Goods Store of South Lake Tahoe in 1961. He sold the Outdoorsman in 1979. Spec and Pat purchased a 130-acre ranch in the Carson Valley, where they moved in the 1980s.

Spec’s passions were the Outdoorsman, his family and playing golf. He was a member of several businesses and took great pride in his civic responsibilities and community support.

He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Pat; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey and Kathy Rahbeck, and Steven and Cathie Rahbeck; grandsons, Scott Rahbeck and Marty Rahbeck; brother-in-law, Jack Martin, and his wife, Maria; numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; three infant brothers and sisters; first wife, Irene; and sister, Lourinda Wines.

Memorial services will begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 28 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Gardnerville. A luncheon and reception will follow at J & T Basque Restaurant.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Douglas County Historical Society, Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, Inc., or a charity of choice.

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