Luke Speicher is a man of mystery, and a generous one, it seems.

The reserved Jennerstown retiree fronted a $20,000 bond last Friday to save the Roxbury Park Bandshell in Johnstown – at least for the time being.

But even a week after he came forward, the landmark’s last-minute savior still won’t say much about himself.

“I’m not out for glory,” Speicher said, adding he’s just a mountain man.

How about a photo?

No, that’s all right.

He’s not even sure of his age, except that he’s a well-seasoned military veteran in his 70s.

“We’re still looking for the birth certificate,” he said.

A retiree of the steel-mill industry, Speicher said he has done his share of hard work and still keeps busy. For 30 years, he was a steel-mill supervisor.

“I can ride and shoot and still do a day’s work,” he told The Tribune-Democrat.

His decision to sign a $20,000 check was simple, just a move to make a nostalgic token of his past useful again. Speicher remembers evenings spent at the bandshell listening to concerts.

“I’m only doing what’s right,” he said. “With me, there are no gray areas. There are young men and women dying (in Iraq) because they believe in our system.”

Mark Danko, who along with his wife, Roberta, are two of the organizers working to save the bandshell, said he received a telephone call Sept. 22 from Speicher. The older man proceeded to tell him that saving the structure is a good cause.

He said Speicher, who grew up in Roxbury, knows plenty about the bandshell, including how many wheelbarrows of cement were needed to build it.

The next day, Speicher, who stands 6 feet 4 inches tall, was knocking on the door of Danko’s business, The Village Street Internet Cafe at 603 Grove Ave. in Moxham.

He had $1,000 to donate.

Danko told him the deadline was that day and, even with the $1,000, they were $17,500 shy of the $20,000 they needed.

Speicher quizzed Danko on what steps the organizers would take to save the building.

Danko started telling him. He also started to think about returning all the donations.

At that point, Speicher said, “Come on boy, get in my truck. We’re going for a ride.”

Danko said they drove to Stoystown, and Speicher went into a bank.

He emerged from the institution and said, “Let’s go to Ebensburg. You drive.”

As they headed for Ebensburg, Speicher pulled out a $20,000 money order.

Danko said he tried to talk Speicher out of donating that huge sum, making sure the benefactor understood there was a risk and that the $20,000 could be lost if the plan fails.

Danko said Speicher told him he and the others should keep their eyes on the prize, stay focused and don’t worry about his finances.

“ ‘It’s none of your business,’ ” Danko quoted Speicher as saying. “ ‘Just stay focused.’ ”

Danko said Speicher became choked up upon seeing a classified advertisement in The Tribune-Democrat that thanked him for donating the money.

“He’s an angel,” Danko said about Speicher. “He’s just an outstanding person.”

He said he couldn’t believe it when he saw the $20,000 and that it was a surprise to everyone in the prothonotary’s office as well.

“That entire day I was in a dreamlike trance,” he said.

Meanwhile, the bandshell dispute will continue in county court.

The City of Johnstown wants to raze the massive stone structure, citing the need for more parking at popular Roxbury Park.

A Cambria County judge, in effect, told bandshell backers to raise the $20,000 bond or face the demolition of the bowl.

Now that Speicher has come forward, the legal wrangling will continue.

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